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Library e-resources

E-resources with free access 24/7 anywhere in the UK with an internet connection, using your borrower card number or on computers in our libraries

Free eBooks with cloudLibrary and eAudiobooks with BorrowBox

The new LibrariesWest shared eBook and eAudiobook services are now live – available as websites and apps (for iOS, Android & Kindle Fire).

The resources of eight local authorities in the South West have been pooled to bring you an improved range of titles to choose from. Find out more about these new services for eBooks with cloudLibrary (click for video demo) and for eAudiobooks with BorrowBox – full details are on the LibrariesWest website

Digital magazines

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 now over 80 titles to choose from including Radio Times, Heat, Vogue, VIZ, Time, Homes & Gardens, Amateur Photographer, Health & Fitness, Kitchen Garden, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Total Film, New Scientist, Simply Knitting, TV Times, Attitude & Diva.

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 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).

Which? Online

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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