Digital services with free access 24/7 anywhere in the UK with an internet connection, using your library card number
Join your library during staffed hours – membership is free, proof of address required.
Free digital magazines from RBdigital
We offer 80+ popular digital magazines you can read on your mobile device or PC. All you need is your library card number to create your free account and start downloading your favourites to read at your leisure. Download to your device in advance to access offline later – plan ahead for holidays abroad or time without an internet connection.
- digital magazines from RBdigital. When prompted for the name of your library select: Libraries West > South Gloucestershire Council. For help with digital magazines email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Free eBooks from cloudLibrary and eAudiobooks from BorrowBox
The LibrariesWest shared eBook and eAudiobook services are available to library members 24/7 as websites and apps (for iOS, Android & Kindle Fire). Full details are on the LibrariesWest website
- eBooks from cloudLibrary (video demo). When prompted for the name of your library select: LibrariesWest. For help with eBooks email: email@example.com
- eAudiobooks from BorrowBox. When prompted for the name of your library select any of the following: LibrariesWest / South Gloucestershire Libraries / your local library branch. For help with eAudiobooks email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 15 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.Is there anything wrong with this page?