Did you know that we have a wide variety of free online reference and information resources are available in your local library and, online all of which can be can be accessed free of charge.! All you need is your library membership number and PIN. Not a member, not a problem just pop down to local branch with proof of ID and a member of staff will get you online straight away. Can’t find what you need online then don’t forget we still have a wealth of information available in our reference collection which you can access at any time in our libraries.
Information resources you can access from anywhere with your library membership number and pin!
Theory Test Pro
Learning to drive? Theory Test Pro is a highly realistic online simulation of the UK’s driving theory test. It contains the entire official test question bank, hazard perception video clips and an online version of the Highway Code. All this material is licensed from the Driving Standards Agency (DSA), the people who set the tests. Click here to visit site.
Oxford English Dictionary
The “OED”, Oxford English Dictionary is the ultimate dictionary of English. In ‘paper form’, it has over 25,000 pages covering every word in the language and how it’s been used over the centuries and now also includes the Historical Thesaurus of the English Language begun in 1965 and finally completed in 2008. Click here to visit site.
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
The Oxford DNB is the national record of men & women who have shaped British history and culture, worldwide, from the Romans to the 21st Century. The dictionary offers 60,061 concise, up-to-date biographies of people who died before the year 2012, covering 2500 years of history – plus 536 “theme” articles for reference and research. Click here to visit site.
The publishers say that this collection of over 200 reference books “can tell you almost anything about everything”! Explore its 1.4 million facts and definitions – many of them illustrated – on a vast range of subjects. Click here to visit site.
Here you will find up to date dictionaries, thesauruses and guidance to help your with your writing. You’ll also find advice on different styles – for creative writing, professional reports, legal and technical use – together with examples of effective job application letters and CVs. Click here to visit site.
Some of our information resources can only be used on the computers in the Library. These include:
Research your family history with access to billions of records from the UK, North America, Europe, Australia, and more. Ancestry Library Edition also includes censuses, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos and maps. Click here to visit site.
Use their impartial product reviews and money saving advice to help you make the right decisions. Click here to visit site.
Access to Research
Discover a world of published academic research at your local library, ideal for small businesses, researchers and students. Free access is now available to over 10 million academic articles providing in-depth information on topics including Art, Architecture, Business, Engineering, History, Languages, Politics, Philosophy, Mathematics and the Sciences. Click here to visit site.