"Books and Beyond" weekly roundup

"Books and Beyond" is Auckland Libraries’ new radio show!

Every Sunday at 9.35pm on Planet FM104.6, we explore the world of books with guest authors, recommended reads, gems from the Central City Library basement and… beyond.

And every Monday we’ll follow up with a recap of the featured titles here on the blog. You can also listen to us on demand via the Planet FM website.
Sunday 17 June
This week's show features Leanne Radojkovich, author of the short-story collection First fox (The Emma Press, 2017) and newly-named winner of the 2018 Graeme Lay Short Story Competition. 
Leanne writes both short stories and short short stories, or flash fiction, an exciting form of highly compressed narratives which is being celebrated around New Zealand this Friday 22 June for National Flash Fiction Day.

Books and authors mentioned during the show:

Short story authors Aimee Bender, Kelly Link and Camilla GrudovaFlash fiction writer Frankie McMillan’s collection My mother and the Hungaria…

New guaranteed eBook selection

Goodbye to eBook waitlists!

Auckland Libraries have just launched a new service which guarantees you immediate access to a selection of popular eBook titles - with no waiting for the reader ahead of you to return their copy!

Perfect for book clubs

Are you a member of a book club?  The Book Clubs eBook collection contains acclaimed novels and memoirs. It will hold a special attraction for book clubs who read the same book, as it guarantees every member a copy at the same time!

Check out literary fiction guaranteed to be available now.

Handy for travellers

Travelling, preparing to travel - or just dreaming about it? Now you can borrow many of our fantastic Lonely Planet travel guides to top destinations, regardless of whether anyone else has already checked them out.

Start packing: grab one of our Lonely Planet travel guides, guaranteed to be available now.

Guaranteed lending of these titles is available until May 2019, so you have plenty of time to browse the collection!

Don't leave town till you've seen the country

If you haven’t had a chance to see the exhibition Don’t leave town till you’ve seen the country on Level 2 of Tāmaki Ngā Pātaka Kōrero Central City Library, we recommend you go to enjoy its visual richness.

In the meantime, we offer you an opportunity to listen to a selection of exhibition interviews in the comfort of your favourite chair, or on your commute.

The first track is an interview with Principal Curator Georgia Prince giving a background to the exhibition content and selection process.

Georgia shares with interviewer Haunui Royal a couple of highlights including Cecil Burleigh’s diary. The diary begins in 1932 when he was 22, and records his regular holiday trips around New Zealand.

The hand-drawn map displayed in the exhibition charts three road trips he took with his mother in 1948 and 1949. In March 1949 they travelled from Auckland to Waiouru and back before he returned to sea as a chief engineer.

"The whole trip was pleasant and interesting." Cecil Burleigh. …

New online resources

Auckland Libraries are excited to present our new databases for 2018! 

There's something for everyone! Our new databases include Drama Online, BWB Texts Collection, World Almanac for Kids, World Geography and Culture Online, and Road to IELTS.

Find out more about our new databases below.

Road to IELTS – General and Academic There has always been a high demand for IELTS study guides from students learning English as a second language. Great news! We offer free access to the world-class Road to IELTS online preparation courses for both the General and Academic modules. These interactive, self-study preparation courses can be accessed online anywhere anytime – allowing you to work at your own pace and in your own time.

Check out Road to IELTS General here, Road to IELTS Academic here or search the library website.

Drama OnlineDrama Online is an award-winning digital library of over 1,700 playtexts, 350 audio plays and 150 hours of video from leading theatre publishers and companies o…

Magazine requests made easier

As of Monday 9 April it will be much easier to request your favourite magazines!

Our catalogue display will now let you view copies of a particular issue of a magazine in expandable lists, making it easier to browse for the magazine issue you're looking for. Additionally, when you click request you will find it much easier and faster to select your desired issue.

Our staff are working through all our magazine titles as quickly as possible - if your usual read hasn't become easier to request, don't worry - it soon will be!

If you need help with requesting magazines, or would like to go through the process with a staff member, chat to your local librarian, or contact us online or over the phone at 09 377 0209.

New Auckland fiction reference collection

We're excited to have our first standalone reference collection of Auckland fiction at Research Central, Level 2, Central City Library.

Fiction lovers can browse the Kōrero paki nō Aotearoa/Local Fiction Collection seven days a week, and visitors to the city can find a pathway into our culture through our stories.

Whilst focusing on Auckland fiction, the collection also includes work from wider New Zealand with an emphasis on Māori, Pacific and Asian NZ writers.

Local gems include short story writer O.E. Middleton's 1972 collection The Loners – with each story beautifully illustrated by celebrated artist Ralph Hotere. We also have a complete set of the New Women’s Fiction anthologies first published in Auckland in the 1980s. These were important counters to the lack of publishing opportunities for women writers in literary journals and major anthologies at that time. Aorewa McLeod, Ngahuia Te Awekotuku and Vivienne Plumb are some of the many voices found in these volumes.