Looking for a cool book to read? Ask a Librarian, follow our Pinterest page, or check out our ever-changing displays.
Still can’t find anything? Suggest a title and we will get it in for you.

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The Girvan Library purchases DVDs for educational purpose and looks for titles that relate to curriculum content. These can be borrowed for 1 week. Please feel free to suggest a title.


The Girvan Library subscribes to a wide range of magazines. These can be borrowed for 1 week (except for the latest copy which is Reference only and stored behind the issues desk). Please suggest a title if you think we should have it.

Looking for a specific article?

The Girvan Library has a host of quality databases available. Find out more here. You can also access a huge range of magazine articles online or by Interloan via Index New Zealand for Schools.

Audio Material

The Girvan Library has a small but growing collection of Audio Books. These are in CD format and kept on the issues desk.

There are also many websites that provide free access to audio books.

  • Project Gutenberg has digital access to out-of-copyright material: from The Odyssey to Heart of Darkness and beyond.
  • SYNC offers free Young Adult & Classic audio book downloads in the summer months to introduce the listening experience.

If you don’t feel like reading a book, why not listen to one?

Free online audio material:

Major radio stations throughout the world also provide access to a wealth of audio content for streaming or download. Some of our favourites include:

BBC iPlayer is the home of all digital content from the 12 BBC stations. Everything is covered search programmes from the last 7 days that cover News, Sport, Drama, Documentary, Top 40 music or the latest indie tunes.


Every week, the folks at This American Life in Chicago produce a 1 hour programme exploring aspects of the American culture through the work of writers, artists, producers and every-day people. Often hilarious, always inquisitive, the show has world-wide appeal as many of the aspects of the American experience relate to the human condition in general.

Subscribe to the weekly podcast or stream a show from the Archive dating back to 1995!

If you can’t decide what to listen to – check out their favourite shows.


nz radioThe finest in New Zealand content. Listen live or listen again. You may be surprised what National Radio has to offer. One thing it does not offer though, is ads.