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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.

EPIC e-resources for New Zealand schools are purchased annually through the EPIC consortium on a subscription basis by the Ministry of Education for access by all New Zealand schools.

What is available?

Through EPIC, schools can access e-resources containing curriculum related content from thousands of up-to-date, full text international and New Zealand magazines, newspapers, biographies, substantial reference works, images, e-books, multi-media resources and much more.

Visit the Databases page for descriptions of the resources, and to filter by learning area and school level.

How do I access EPIC?

Use the links below (and from the Databases page) to access the EPIC e-resource that you are interested in searching. You will get direct access to the EPIC resource if you are in a school that is networked through the Network for Learning (N4L) Managed network otherwise, you will be prompted for your EPIC school logins for access.

For EPIC school login queries email: epic@epic.org.nz from your New Zealand school email account.

The EPIC resources for schools can also be accessed from the National Library website at: https://natlib.govt.nz/epicschools  

EPIC Discovery

Search across multiple EPIC e-resources in a single query.

EPIC Discovery Publications

Search specific e-books, magazine, journal, newspaper or multimedia titles available in the EPIC e-resources.

EPIC Discovery Publication Search

EPIC Discovery User Guide

Download the EPIC Discovery User Guide (PDF 1 MB)

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 EPIC school logins. Please note that we require that EPIC school logins are kept confidential to your school community and all users must abide by the terms and conditions of use. Please refer to the Accessing EPIC resources page for more information about this.

NOTE: The EPIC school logins that are provided to your school for accessing the databases must not be published in any publicly available format.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 school login queries email epic@epic.org.nz from your New Zealand school email address.

For EPIC Training & Marketing Resources for schools click here.

For information on setting up your own access to EPIC resources click here

For technical support and troubleshooting information click here.

For more information about EPIC for New Zealand schools click here.

For general enquiries about the EPIC resources contact the EPIC Manager epic@epic.org.nz, or phone (04) 474 3058.