24/7 online reference

Online services you can access as a library member using the barcode on your library membership card.

These online resources are part of the Library Service’s information and learning offer. To find out about other information available from libraries, visit the information services web page.

Subscription reference services

As a library member, you can use the barcode on your library membership card to access subscription-only online reference services. The following websites participate in the scheme:

Access to Research

Free, walk-in access to a wide range of academic articles and research in public libraries across the UK. Available from library PCs only.


BFI Replay

This resource allows you to explore thousands of videos and programmes, spanning s6 decades from the 1960s to the 2010s, from the collections of the British Film Institute National Archive and partner UK Regions and Nations Film Archives.

Please note that this resource is only available to use on library computers.

Visit the BFI Replay website

Britannica Junior

Britannica Library Children is the perfect place to find unique and safe content that empowers younger users to ignite curiosity and discovery.

Britannica Library Junior (age group 5 to 10)

Britannica Student

The Britannica Student Library is a comprehensive resource providing independent learning with access to multimedia content and the ability to toggle between reading levels.

Britannica Library Student (age group 10 to 14)

Britannica Adult

Britannica Adult Library allows adults various resources and to easily conduct fact-checked research from continually updated encyclopedia articles.

Britannica Library Adult (age group 14 and Up)

COOCS – community open learning courses

COOCs have been developed to help people from all walks of life to share learning and create opportunities for personal development.


Digital Unite - computer and internet guides

Getting started with computers and the internet can be difficult. To help you on your way, here are links to useful guides produced by Digital Unite. Whether you want help with setting up Skype, online shopping or email, there’s something here for you.


Go Citizen

Free access to the online study resource for candidates preparing for the Life in the UK test or British citizenship test. You can study the latest version of the official study materials with hundreds of practice test questions.


HM Revenue & Customs starting a business e-learning tool

Have you just started in business and become self-employed? Got a lot of questions about Income Tax, National Insurance, business records and expenses? Then try this e-learning course from HM Revenue and Customs.


National Numeracy Challenge

Helps adults learn the maths needed for everyday life. Why not take the challenge?


Oxford Dictionaries Online

Free access to the online Oxford Dictionaries for English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Arabic & Portuguese. You will need to log in using your library card number.


Theory Test Pro

A highly realistic online simulation of the UK's driving theory tests for all vehicle categories. It contains all the official test questions licensed from the DSA, the people who set the tests.


Transparent Languages Online

Free access to learn over 100 languages, including English for speakers of over 30 other languages. Courses are interactive, encouraging learners to practice listening, speaking, reading and typing.


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