E-resources with free access 24/7 anywhere with an internet connection in the UK by using your borrower card number, or on computers in our libraries.
Free eBooks and eAudiobooks
Choose from around 4000 eBooks and 1100 eAudiobooks and download them to your tablet or smart phone. Borrow up to five eBooks and up to 15 eAudioBooks at a time for up to 21 days each.
Reserve for free if the book you want is being borrowed by another library member loans expire automatically so you don’t have to worry about overdue charges prepare for holidays abroad or time without an internet connection and download to your advice in advance to access offline.
You will need to create an account and download the free RB Digital app from your usual app store.
Go to the RB Digital digital eBooks and e-Audio site and get started.
If you don’t have a tablet or smart phone you can still access eBooks with a PC, laptop, dedicated e reader (for eBooks) or MP3 player (for eAudioBooks). Please note that the Kindle is not currently compatible with our service, although you should be able to use the Kindle Fire.
If you are accessing our e-resources using your UWE card and have visited a library and had it registered on our system, simply prefix your UWE card number with 04 when asked for your library number. For example UWE card number 08****** will be 0408******
We offer popular digital magazines you can read on your mobile device or PC. All you need is your Active card number to create your free account and start downloading your favourites every month to read at your leisure. Prepare for holidays abroad or time without an internet connection and download to your device in advance to access offline.
There are over 30 titles to choose from including Homes & Gardens, Amateur Photographer, Health & Fitness, Kitchen Garden, Cosmopolitan, Total Film, New Scientist, Match of the Day Magazine & Simply Knitting.
Free access to newspapers
Newsbank provides full-text content of local and regional newspapers. Includes The Times and the Bristol Post.
Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland
Go to Oxford Dictionary of Family Names to find out about your family name, including where it came from. The dictionary covers English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish, Cornish and immigrant surnames and includes every surname that currently has more than 100 bearers plus those that had more than 20 bearers in the 1881 census. To log in from home use the login with your library card option to enter your complete library card number.
Access to Research – abstracts
High quality academic content from a range of disciplines. Search for articles and read abstracts on Access to Research from any internet connection and email yourself links to articles of interest to follow up inside library buildings. Visit any South Gloucestershire library and login to a library computer with your library card to access the full text or bring your laptop or tablet and connect via our free wifi.
E-resources that can only be accessed in libraries
Access to Research – full text
Free access is available to over 1.5 million academic articles in full text at all South Gloucestershire libraries via Access to Research. Read high quality academic content from a range of subjects including art, architecture, business, engineering, history, languages, politics, philosophy, mathematics and the sciences. Ideal for small businesses, researchers and students. Login to a library computer with your library card to access the full text or bring your laptop or tablet and connect via our free wifi.
Research your family history online for free using Ancestry.com library edition. Includes UK census records 1841 – 1911 with images of original records; birth, marriage & death indexes; UK and Ireland parish and probate records from 1500s – 1800s & US and international sources. Only available on library computers (not available through library wifi).
Read product reviews in full before you buy. Access the Which? website by asking a member of library staff to log you on. Only available on library computers (not available through library wifi) and only during staffed hours.
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