This page describes the Porirua Library reference collection which holds a wide range of resources for study and research.
There is space available within the library for study and you may bring in your own laptop computers. The library also has access to Cafenet.
Encyclopaedias: Multi volume editions of Britannica, Americana (good for biography) and World Book (International edition in the adult library - American edition is held in the Junior Library). Britannica Online is also available on the Knowledge Centre computers, as is Te Ara Encyclopedia.
Dictionaries: All English dictionaries, thesauri etc are shelved together. The Oxford English Dictionary is also available via the Knowledge Centre computers.
Year Books: The New Zealand Year Books contain historical statistical information (they also have useful mini articles). College Year Books are for serious research only and are currently being microfilmed.
Legal Resources: there is a selection of books on law in the Reference Library. The main areas of interest covered are Employment, Tax and Family law. The statutes are available online at the Knowledge Centre computers and the Library holds printed Acts to 1992.
Phone books: Phone books covering all districts of New Zealand are held. Use the Knowledge Centre computers for other phone numbers, or use this White Pages link.
Online Business Directories: These directories list businesses throughout New Zealand.
Biography: There is a wide range of biographies in the Reference area. Use the Contemporary Biographies for Pop stars and famous Americans. Biographies of Sportspeople, Artists, Filmstars are shelved in the appropriate subject area.
Medical books: A good range of dictionaries and encyclopaedias is available. There are also some books on prescription drugs, cancer, and mental health. It is recommended to use the Knowledge Centre Gale Health and Wellness database for in-depth information on diseases that are not covered in the lending collection.
Standards: Copies of Building Standards only are held, including the Building Code and Handbook. Other standards are available on the Knowledge Centre computers but cannot be printed because of copyright issues.
Almanacs: These references are good for miscellaneous information, eg perpetual calendars, anniversaries etc.
Bibliographies: The library does not hold many of these; generally they are subject-related lists of books. The New Zealand National Bibliography by A G Bagnall is a six volume list of books published in (or about) New Zealand up to 1960.
Sequels: These list books in series. There are also the "Who writes like" books for reader advisory services, held on the Fiction Returned Today shelf.
Vertical files: These are generally Hot Topics, including perennial favourites such as "sporting contacts with South Africa", "Disasters" and "Gangs". This material is held in filing boxes on the Reference shelves. Use these when you can not find the information in a book.
Atlases: Atlases are generally held in the Atlas Cabinet. Atlases cover a range of subjects, not just general world maps
Electoral rolls: Current electoral rolls are held in the reference library. The Library holds a selection of electoral rolls on microfiche from 1865. The library also hold most of the Porirua rolls for the last 30 years.
Knowledge Centre Computers: There are five computers in the Reference Department that access selected websites. These include New Zealand statutes, or current laws, the full text of journal and newspaper articles, the National Library and two funding databases.
Motor manuals: The library holds a good selection of motor manuals for cars, motorbikes and outboard motors. These can not be borrowed but you can photocopy three pages for free.
You can go straight to our Online Databases page in the Library Catalogue. Your library card number may be required.
If you have any queries about our Reference collection, then email email@example.com or phone (04) 237 1533.
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