Online Library Resources

Online resources allow you to research and access credible information across an extensive range of databases.

Ancestry Library Edition

Now you can access the genealogical research material free  as part of your library membership. Please note however, that Ancestry Ltd restricts access to use from within a physical library building. So come on in to either Thames, Tairua or Mercury Bay Libraries and activate the link above. Use our free internet computers or bring in your own device and use our free wireless access.

The National Library of New Zealand

The National Library of New Zealand develop and maintain extensive collections relating to New Zealand and the Pacific, and New Zealanders overseas. 

Te Puna Search

Looking for a specific title anywhere in New Zealand? Search Te Puna's database and borrow them from us through our interloan service.

Papers Past

Papers Past contains more than two million pages of digitised New Zealand newspapers and periodicals. The collection covers the years 1839 to 1945 and includes 77 publications from all regions of New Zealand.

Community Law

Got a legal problem? Maybe we can help. We’re lawyers and we’re also community workers. We listen carefully, we’re whānau friendly, and we help you find solutions you feel comfortable with. We offer all sorts of free legal help, from easy-to-read information, to community workshops, to one-on-one legal help. Community Law Waikato is available for one-on-one face-to-face appointments every second Wednesday at Thames Library - please contact Community Law Waikato to make an appointment.