If you're a library member, you can download and read up to five books at a time from our e-Book website.  There is a good range of books to choose from and you can borrow them for up to three weeks.  

Read the quick guide to getting started with eBooks for more information.  

We also have are over 600 audiobooks titles for members to download and listen to on our e-Audio website.   

These video guides to e-Audio tell you more about how to use the service. 

Our e-Books and e-Audio services are free for Barnsley Libraries members. 

You’ll need your library membership number and PIN to login or register for an account.  If you don’t have a PIN call into your local library with some identity.     

Online reference

Library members can have free instant access to some online reference collections.  You will need to login with your membership number.

You can use the following resources at home: 

Resource

Description

Encyclopaedia Britannica  Contains articles, a world atlas, a dictionary and thousands of images and videos, customised for students to use. 
Britannica Library Student For students aged 10 to 14 years
Britannica Library Junior For children aged 5 to 10 years
Enquire 24/7 real-time online reference help and advice.
KnowUK Search across more than 100 publications and other information for study and research.  Useful for professional researchers and students.
Life in Great Britain Online learning for the official UK Citizenship Test.
Oxford Art Authoritative art reference source.
Oxford Dictionaries Pro  Online dictionaries and thesauruses.
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography A biography of the people who have shaped Britain’s past from the fourth century BC to the present day. 
Oxford English Dictionary A guide to the meaning and history of over half a million words, constantly updated from English language sources worldwide.
Oxford Music Authoritative music reference source. 
Oxford Reference Online Collection of over 200 reference books.
Theory Test Pro Preparation for your Driving Theory Test (licensed from the DVSA).
Transparent Language   Learn a new language with over 100 languages.
UK NewsStand (home access) The latest news from popular British national newspapers and many regional newspapers.  With background information and reading about topics that are in the headlines. 

 

The following reference resources are free to use in our libraries only.  You'll need your membership number to login:

Resource

Description

Access to Research Over 1.5 million free articles including art, business, engineering, history and politics. 
Ancestry Collection of family history records.  UK Census from 1851 to 1901.
UK NewsStand (library access) The latest news from popular British national newspapers and many regional newspapers.  With background information and reading about topics that are in the headlines.