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West Coast Stories Online

The Westland District Library is helping make the history and people of the West Coast more visible by opening up its collections, increasing accessibility, and undertaking digital projects, under the umbrella West Coast Stories Online.

The “Tiny Books Project” began with the scanning and uploading of the 1921 pamphlet Hokitika: The Birth of the Borough. 

Volunteers can proofread and correct the text of scanned books using the website Wikisource, and the corrected texts can be issued by the library as e-books. Books completed so far include:

  • Evans, D. J. (1921). Hokitika, N.Z.: the birth of the borough.
  • Hopkins, Isaac. (1907). Bee-Culture.
  • Lowth, Alys. (1906). Emerald Hours In New Zealand.
  • Waite, Reuben. (1869). A Narrative of the Discovery of the West Coast Gold-Fields.

In a collaboration with the Left Bank Art Gallery in Greymouth, the library hasundertaken a project to highlight West Coast artists by writing Wikipedia articles andclearing copyrighted images of themselves and their work. Artists covered includeMarilyn Rea-Menzies,Alison Hale, andBrent Trolle. We're running workshops forartists on NZ copyright law and how they can increase their online visibility.

Digital Discovery Librarian Dr Mike Dickison has a blog, Digital Westland, coveringt opics like photo and book copyright, using Wikisource to digitise and proofread works, and the history of the Westland District Library. You can read it at

The Library in association with Grey District Library hosts regular meetups ofvolunteers keen to help with these projects. If you're interested in taking part, see theWest Coast Task Force pagefor a schedule and details