Libraries

eBooks, eAudio and magazines

If you're a library member you can download and read or listen to books for free from our eBooks and eAudio website

There's a great range of books to choose from including fiction, non-fiction, children's books and audio books. You can borrow up to eight titles at a time, for up to three weeks.  

We also have digital magazines available for you to borrow – there are almost 3000 titles to choose from on our eBooks and eAudio website.

You’ll need your library card number and PIN to log on to use eBooks, eAudio books and magazines. There is no need to register for this service as it's already part of your library membership. If you don’t have your library PIN, please pop into any branch or contact us. Alternatively, if we have an email address on file for you, you can use the 'forgot my PIN' function on the log on tab of the library catalogue.

The Libby app

If you've got an Android or iOS tablet or smartphone you can download the Libby app to borrow books directly on your device. For help getting started with Libby take a look at our video guide below to using eBooks and eAudio.

If you're using a Kindle Fire tablet you can use the OverDrive app.

Reference collections

Library members have free instant access to some online reference collections. You'll need to log in with your membership number.

Reference resources available inside and outside the library

Resource

Description

Encyclopaedia Britannica  Articles, world atlas, dictionary and thousands of images and videos, customised for students to use. 
Britannica eSafety Guide Introduces everything that you need to know in order to help children and teenagers to understand the risks and stay safe when using the internet.

The guide is intended for those in the early years of secondary school, although the information is useful to people of all ages, including parents and teachers. It includes advice for using social networks and forums safely and avoiding risks when playing games and researching online.
Britannica Library Student For students aged 10 to 14.
Britannica Library Junior For children aged 5 to 10.
Oxford Art Authoritative art reference source.
Oxford Languages 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).

 

Reference resources available inside the library only

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.
Find My Past Contains the 1939 register, UK parish records, newspapers articles and more to help you to research your family history.
The British Newspaper Archive Explore hundreds of national, regional and local newspapers dating from the 1700s to 2000s.

To sign up for an account choose 'register' and complete the 'tell us about you' section on the registration page.
The Sound Doctor A website to help people understand and manage long term health conditions better, via a series of short films. Conditions covered include back pain, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, dementia, obesity and diabetes.

Business and Intellectual Property Centre (BIPC) resources

The Business and Intellectual Property Centre provides support to business owners, entrepreneurs and inventors to start, run and grow their business.

Resources available inside and outside the library

Resource Description
COBRA (Complete Business Reference Adviser) Explore business sectors, find business support and access information about trading legally.

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