Tauranga Library Bookshelf

Librarian tips and tricks

If you’re like us, having a pile of great books to read is essential.

There are a number of ways to find new authors and books as well as sharing what you have been reading with other like-minded people. Here are a few of our favourite ways.

Fantastic Fiction

Fantastic Fiction is an online catalogue of authors and books for those of us who love to read fiction. If you've ever stayed up all night with the latest page turner or if you can't wait to read the next book by your favourite author and get a real buzz from discovering a new book, then Fantastic Fiction is aimed at you.


Goodreads is a free website for book lovers. Imagine it as a large library that you can wander through and see everyone's bookshelves, their reviews, and their ratings. You can also post your own reviews and catalogue what you have read, are currently reading, and plan to read in the future.

Guys Read Books  

This is the place to come if you’re looking for something to get a guy reading. With collected recommendations from teachers, librarians, booksellers, publishers, parents and guys themselves. These are the books that guys have said they like; all gathered and grouped to make them easier to find. 


LibraryThing is an online service to help people catalogue their books easily. You can access your catalogue from anywhere - even on your mobile phone. Because everyone catalogues together, LibraryThing also connects people with the same books, comes up with suggestions for what to read next, and so forth.


If you’re not good at remembering book titles, or if you are the sort of reader who likes to choose by browsing around a little and seeing what tempts you, WhichBook is the perfect solution to help you find what you are looking for.


Omnivoracious is the Amazon Book Review. Amazon Book editors talk about their passions for Fiction, Non-Fiction, Cookbooks, Kids’ books, Mysteries, Romance, and Science Fiction. Here you’ll find interviews with your favourite authors, Best Books of the Month announcements, reviews, and occasional essays on books, reading, and quirky trends.

The Guardian 

Dive in to 32,000 plus book reviews from The Guardian, a British national daily newspaper. 


Find your next favourite book with NoveList. Get book recommendations for your favourite authors, titles and series. Search by title, plot or writing styles to find read-alikes. Sign in with your Tauranga City library card and PIN.

Open Access eBooks

There are thousands of interesting free eBooks available. You don’t need a library card to borrow and read these books.

Early New Zealand Books

New Zealand Electronic Text Collection

Project Gutenberg

25 Sources of Free Public Domain Books

Finding an older book or buying new

Sometimes what you are looking for isn’t here at your local library. Maybe the book you are looking for is an older publication. The library can help you borrow an older book by Interlibrary loan at a cost of $8.00. 

Interlibrary loan

Another way, is buying a copy of your own to keep, from suppliers of second-hand books. These sites are preferentially listed as postage is included.

Better World Books

Book Depository 


A number of older publications can also be found on TradeMe and at second hand book shops, such as quilters bookshop and Arty Bees Books.

For rare books try:

Anah Dunsheath Antiquarian Booksellers

Hard to Find Books

Smith’s Bookshop

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