Our libraries have extended opening hours, but sometimes you might need information and help out of hours, or wish to find information at a time more convenient to you.
Please find a list of databases here. Enquire | Ancestry | Family History | Oxford Dictionary of National Biography | Who's Who and Who Was Who | Mint UK | Cobra | Berg Fashion Library | Encyclopaedia Britannica | Oxford English Dictionary | Very Short Introductions | Oxford Bibliographies | Times Digital Archive | UK Newsstand | Punch Historical Archive | Access to Research | The British Way of Life| Naxos Music Library
Ever needed to know the answer to a question but could not find someone to ask because it was midnight? Well, now you can ask a librarian anytime day or night: just log on to the Enquire website and ask a question 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Talk online to a trained member of library staff and receive a copy of your chat with the librarian for easy reference later. Access the 24 - 7 Enquiry Service
Tracing your family history just got a lot easier! You can now access "Ancestry Library Edition" in our Libraries using our online access. Find United Kingdom and Ireland Census collections from 1841 to 1911, and Census collections from the US, Australia, Canada, and across Europe; England and Wales Civil Registration Index for Births, Marriages and Deaths, and parish and probate records from the 1500s to the 1800s; military records, travel and immigration records, including border crossings, passenger arrival records and naturalization records; a large variety of American resources. Visit the Ancestry Library Edition website.
A website with useful links on how to trace your family history. Visit the Family History website.
Possibly the most important book this century...the Oxford DNB lists remarkable people in any walk of life who were connected with the British Isles, excluding living people. It includes not just the great and good, but people who have left a mark for any reason, good, bad, or bizarre. Visit Oxford Dictionary of National Biography website.
The essential directory of the noteworthy and influential in every area of public life, published worldwide, and written by the entrants themselves. Over 100,000 people, now deceased, who were included in previous editions of Who's Who creating the definitive roll-call of British history. Visit Who's Who and Who Was Who website.
Mint UK provides access to a wealth of company information including company data, directors, news, market research. MintUK is only available at Central Reference Library. Please ask a member of staff for assistance. Visit Mint UK website.
Cobra is a continually updated information resource for anyone who is running a small business or thinking of setting up a business. You will find practical information and advice such as:
- Start up business ideas and profiles
- Guides to business support in different areas of the UK
- Business legal library covers laws and regulations applicable to small businesses
- Help to write a business or marketing plan and information on conducting research into new markets
- Market synopses provide guides to trends and opportunities in a number of market sectors.
General Reference databases
The Berg Fashion Library is the only resource to provide integrated text and image content on world dress and fashion throughout history. Invaluable for scholars, students, professionals, and anyone interested in dress, it includes the Berg Encyclopaedia of World Dress and Fashion, an extensive E-Book collection, a vast image bank, extra reference resources and more.
Encyclopaedia Britannica online | Britannica Student | Britannica Junior | Britannica Adult
The world famous, award winning Encyclopaedia Britannica is now available online in the Borough's Libraries. Britannica has been a comprehensive and authoritative reference resource for 230 years.
600,000 words … 3 million quotations … over 1000 years of English
The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words - past and present - from across the English-speaking world. Visit the Oxford English Dictionary website.
Discover a new topic or subject with these intelligent and serious introductions written by authors who are experts in their field. Find out more…by visiting their website.
Developed cooperatively with scholars and librarians worldwide, Oxford Bibliographies offers exclusive, authoritative research guides. Combining the best features of an annotated bibliography and a high-level encyclopedia, this cutting-edge resource guides researchers to the best available scholarship across a wide variety of subjects. Visit the Oxford bibliographies website.
The British Way of Life is an easy to use, comprehensive program to help new arrivals understand the British way of life. Some of the many topics covered by The British Way of Life are the different types of visa, finding a job, pre-school for children, further adult education, the communication network and so on.
The Times Digital Archive is an online, full-text facsimile of more than 200 years of The Times, one of the most highly regarded resources for the 19th – 20th Century history detailing every complete page of every issue from 1785.
This historical newspaper archive allows researchers an unparalleled opportunity to search and view the best-known and most cited newspaper in the world online in its original published context. Visit the Times Digital Archive
UK Newsstand website - access from home and from the library. ProQuest Newsstand is a fully searchable database of UK newspapers, both local and national. Choose to receive a selection of major national papers, or create customised packages.
From 1841 to 1992 Punch was the world’s most celebrated magazine of humour and satire. From its early years as a campaigner for social justice to its transformation into national icon, Punch played a central role in the formation of British identity – and how the rest of the world saw the British. Punch Historical Archive 1841-1992.
Access to Research is a new initiative to give library users free access to a wide range of published academic research in public libraries across the UK, a result of a unique collaboration between librarians and some of the best known UK publishers, who have made their journal content available for free to UK libraries. The content is ideal for small businesses, researchers and students, among others.
Subjects span art, architecture, business, engineering, history, languages, medicine, politics, philosophy, film, religion, mathematics and the sciences. Our customers are now able to access the content of 8,400 journals (over 1.5 million articles) through a library terminal. The service is not available remotely, i.e. from outside the library. Visit Access to Research.
With an unparalleled depth of classical music content, extensive background information, and improved search facilities that remain simple and effective, Naxos Music Library (NML) is a pleasure to use regardless of your prior music and/or technical knowledge. Visit Naxos Music Library.