General reference resources
Being a member of the library gives you access to more than 50 online subscriptions free of charge. When you follow the links below you will be asked for your library card number. For licensing reasons, some of our resources are not available remotely and can only be accessed on computers in particular libraries, therefore no link is given. Ask your local library for more details.
Explore the library edition of the online encyclopedia from Encyclopedia Britannica with hundreds of thousands of articles, biographies, videos, images, and web sites.
Visit the Britannica Online website.
Gives you access to more than 1000 top reference books from some of the world's biggest publishers - everything from art to technology and much much more.
Visit the Credo Reference website.
Dictionary of National Biography
Tells the stories of more than 50,000 people who shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond. It also includes more than 10,000 portrait illustrations, and the complete text of the 33-volumes of the first edition of the Dictionary of National Biography.
Visit the Dictionary of National Biography website.
With up-to-date online dictionaries, thesauruses, and language reference content, Oxford Dictionaries offer quick search access to definitions of words, phrases and idioms, with links to notes on grammar, usage, spelling, and downloadable correspondence and CV templates, and verb and pronunciation tables. There are also specialist guides for job applications, legal and technical writing.
Oxford Dictionaries also contain a growing number of bilingual dictionaries with content that is continuously evolving to support learning and teaching.
Visit the Oxford Dictionaries website.
Oxford English Dictionary
Widely acknowledged as the most authoritative and comprehensive dictionary of English in the world. It also traces the evolution of more than 600,000 words during the past 1,500 years through 2.5 million quotations from a wide range of sources.
Visit the Oxford English Dictionary website.
Who's Who (with Who was Who) Online
Who's Who is the essential directory of the noteworthy and influential in the UK and worldwide. Who Was Who includes over 100,000 entries from the archives of Who's Who dating back to 1898.
Visit the Who's Who website.
Very Short Introductions
This collection offers concise overviews of a diverse range of subject areas - from climate to consciousness, game theory to ancient warfare, privacy to islamic history, entrepreneurship to literary theory. There are over 300 titles suitable for students, scholars, and the avidly curious, bridging the gap between reference content and higher academic work. Written by experts in the field they combine facts, analysis, new ideas and enthusiasm to make challenging topics highly readable. The perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly.
Visit the Very Short Introductions website.
Other useful websites
Search BT phone directories for the whole of the UK.
Visit the BT Phonebook website.
All the businesses on the Checkatrade website have been vetted and approved by Trading Standards to ensure that they operate in a legal, honest and fair way.
Find my nearest
Enter your postcode, street name or town to find services in your area.
Visit Find my nearest.
Historical currency converter
Find out how much an amount of today's money would have been worth in a particular decade or how much yesterday's money is worth today.
Visit the National Archives website.
If you want to know what a monetary value in the past is worth today, the Measuring Worth calculators can provide several alternative answers with a guide to the best choice.
Visit the Measuring Worth website.
Search the UK Yellow Pages directories.
Visit the Yell website.