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Kia ora and welcome to EPIC.

EPIC is a venture between New Zealand libraries and the Ministry of Education, giving schools free access to a worldwide range of electronic resources.

Through EPIC schools can access databases containing thousands of international and New Zealand magazines, newspapers, biographies, substantial reference works, and images. EPIC lets you access up-to-date full text articles covering a huge range of subjects.

What is available?

EPIC resources are purchased on a subscription basis on behalf of all New Zealand schools. Visit the Databases page for descriptions of the resources, and to filter by learning area and school level.

Gale Cengage
Academic OneFile
Biography In Context
Books & Authors
Discovering Collection
Educator's Reference Complete
General OneFile
Global Issues In Context
GREENR: Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources
Health and Wellness Resource Centre
Literature Resource Centre
LitFinder
Opposing Viewpoints In Context
Science In Context
Shakespeare Collection Online
Student Resources In Context
Virtual Reference Library
World History In Context
EBSCO
Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre
MasterFILE Complete
Encyclopaedia Britannica
Britannica School
Britannica School Primary
World Data Analyst

How do I access EPIC?

EPIC is available to all registered New Zealand schools. If your school isn’t already registered, you will need to sign and return a letter of agreement with the National Library of New Zealand. Visit the registration page for more information.

Who can use EPIC?

EPIC supports the teaching and learning in New Zealand primary and secondary schools. It is intended for use by principals and teachers, library staff, and students.

Teachers, students, and library staff may also access EPIC from home using their school's password and username login. Please note that we require that a school's username and password are kept confidential to your school community and all users must abide by the terms and conditions of use.

NOTE: The user ID and password that is provided to your school for accessing the databases must not be published in any publicly available format. This includes any openly accessible website.

Where can I find more information?

Please select one of the following:

  • For EPIC registration queries contact help@tki.org.nz, or phone (0800) 858 525 and select option 1.
  • For EPIC Training & Marketing Resources for schools click here.
  • For technical enquiries regarding EPIC contact help@tki.org.nz, or phone (0800) 858 525 and select option 1.
  • For general enquires about the EPIC resources contact the EPIC Manager epic@epic.org.nz, or phone (04) 474 3058. 

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