Rights and citizenship 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.
British Way of Life
Provides all new arrivals into the UK with the necessary information to make it easier for them to get used to their new home, to integrate and to become personally resilient.
Visit the British Way of Life website.
Citizens Advice offers general guidance on your rights covering areas such as benefits, jobs, money matters, relationships, and a range of other consumer issues.
Kent 4 Community
This resource provides details of grants and funding available for community groups in Kent.
Visit the Kent 4 Community website
Kent Bereavement Advice Service
Practical advice and support after the death of a relative or friend. This service is provided by Kent Libraries, Registration & Archives in partnership with Simplify.
Visit the Kent Bereavement Advice Service website
Life in Great Britain
This online course provides access to course material from chapters 2 to 6 of "Life in the United Kingdom: a journey into Citizenship" published by the Home Office. It also includes speech, a glossary, revision tests at the end of each section and full practice tests to prepare you for UK Citizenship test.
Visit the Life in Great Britain website
Public Information Online
Public Information Online contains all material from 2006/07 Parliamentary session onwards. The site is updated daily with fully searchable PDFs that are available on the day of publication. It also includes non Parliamentary material from 2009 onwards including official departmental reports, technical papers , research reports, annual reports and statistical research.
Visit the Public Information Online website
Westlaw UK (Kent History and Library Centre only)
This legal resource provides:
- Law cases - over 400,000 case reports and transcripts dating back to 1220
- Legislation - UK Acts and Statutory Instruments, consolidated back to 1267, as currently in force and updated daily
- Commentary - analytical commentary from the entire Common Law Library, market-leading books and looseleaf publications.
Other useful websites
The following links will lead you to details of your local:
- Members of European Parliament (South East)
- Members of Parliament
- County councillors
- District councils
- Parish councils
An informal alliance of over 30 civil society organisations and community education providers aiming to promote learning for democracy, citizenship, participation and practical politics, particularly among people who have least power in society.
Visit the Democracy Matters website
Gateway to central Government information (formerly known as Direct.gov.uk).
Visit the GOV.UK website
Full text of Health and Safety Executive publications, including their regulations, is now available to download free from their website as PDF documents. Search by keyword, click on the publication title and then on "free PDF download available" to access.
Visit the HSE Books website
Information about Legal Aid and advice.
Visit the Legal Aid website
Law Society - Find a solicitor
Search the database of registered solicitors, and find further guidance about paying for legal services, specialist solicitors, lawyers for businesses, complaints, directories and etc.
Visit the Law Society website
Waterlow Legal Directories
To find a solicitor, barrister, expert witness or other supplier of legal expertise and services.
Visit the Waterlow Legal Directories website
The official portal to the full text of all legislation from 1988 to the present day (Note: There are no secondary legislation items - e.g Statutory Instruments - available before 1988 as they are not available in a web-publishable format) most pre-1988 primary legislation is available on this site (see the website 'Help' section for exceptions).
Visit the Legislation website
Apply for or check planning applications, and read/ download full text of the current and previous versions of the building regulations 'Approved documents'.
Visit the Planning Portal
A charitable service which helps people access the money available to them – through welfare benefits, grants and other help.
Visit the Turn2us website
Access details of the text of the Houses of Commons and Lords daily debates (Hansard) current and historical, research materials on various topics, contact details for members of the two Houses and much more.
Visit the UK Parliament website