About our free online resources

To use most of our free online resources, you'll need to log in with your library card number.

You can use some resources in our libraries only, and some on other devices anywhere you like.

If you're not a member yet, you can find out how to join our libraries

Daily newspapers and magazines

  • PressReader - over 7000 UK and international newspapers and magazines

To access items through the PressReader website, sign in, select Library or group, find your local library and enter your membership number. You can also download the PressReader app.

Magazines, comics and graphic novels

  • RBDigital - Over 150 UK magazines including Vogue, The Economist, BBC History and over 1500 comics and graphic novels including Disney, Marvel, IDW and Dark Horse, and hundreds of eBooks and eAudiobooks

Find out how to borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks.

To access items, register on the RBDigital website, or download the PressReader app

Historical newspapers

  • Times Digital Archive - digital copies of the Times newspaper (London) from 1785 to 2014, on the Gale Databases website
  • British Newspaper Archive - Local regional newspapers from Britain and Ireland dating from 1603, access in libraries only, you can make a free account and save your searches

Academic research and resources

  • Access to Research - academic articles about various topics including art, history, politics and science, access in libraries only
  • The New Oxford Shakespeare - all Shakespeare's works, in old English and modern text, including comparisons


Business and careers information

  • COBRA - complete Online Business Reference Advisor, with information on starting businesses, regulations and market research

Children’s encyclopedias

Consumer information

  • Which? - reports, buying guides and the magazine's research, access in libraries only - ask a member of staff to log you in

Dictionaries and encyclopedias


  • Theory Test Pro - online simulation of the UK's driving theory test with official test questions, hazard video clips and the Highway Code. 

To access, register online with your name, email address and choose a password. 

Family history and genealogy

History, art and music

Legal information

  • Law & Rights - legal resource on the rights and responsibilities of living and working in Britain. This service is now available to access at home.

UK citizenship

  • GoCitizen - study resource for candidates preparing for the Life in the UK Test, or British citizen test

To access, register with your name, email address and choose a password.