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Library e-resources

Free digital services for library members with access 24/7 anywhere in the UK with an internet connection

 

  • choose from around 3,000 different magazine titles across a wide range of genres including computers & technology, crafts, current affairs, entertainment, food & cooking, lifestyle, science & nature, sports and home & garden
  • choose from over 2,800 eComics across a range of genres for both adults and children including Marvel, Disney, IDW, Dark Horse & Image, covering fantasy, manga, horror, science fiction and superheroes
  • checkout editions for 21 days. Loans expire automatically after 21 days but if you haven’t finished reading them you can renew for a further 21 days as many times as you like
  • checkout as many editions as you like at any one time – there are no loan limits
  • titles are always available to checkout so you won’t ever need to reserve them

Free digital newspapers with PressReader from OverDrive using the Libby app

  • access the full text of 1,000+ daily, weekly and monthly newspapers on the day of publication from over 100 countries (and in 60 languages), including 166 local, regional and national UK titles

Start reading on your tablet or smartphone using the free Libby app from OverDrive:

Start reading on your PC or laptop (Windows, Mac & Chromebook) using the free Libby app from OverDrive:

  • go to https://libbyapp.com/ in your browser
  • click on the large circle in the middle of the page at the bottom of the screen
  • click on ‘Add a library’
  • select South Gloucestershire Libraries as your library
  • login using your online membership or library card number and PIN

Start reading on other devices:

  • if your device isn’t compatible with Libby, this includes Kindle Fire, you can use the OverDrive app www.overdrive.com/apps select ‘OverDrive’ and sign up for an OverDrive account using your library card.

Find more information and help on the Libby Help page

Not a library member yet?

join online, membership is free. We recommend that you provide your email address when you join as this will give you more control of your account, and allow you to reset your PIN easily if you forget it.

Joined online and don’t have a note of your online membership number?

  • if you also use BorrowBox you can find it in the account tab on the app/website.  If you don’t, please reregister online (www.librarieswest.org.uk/join); enter your email address and you will receive an email with a new online membership number you can use straightaway

Don’t know your PIN?

  • reset it at www.librarieswest.org.uk by selecting “Log in” and then “Forgot my PIN”. This will  send reset instructions to the email address we hold on your record

Troubleshooting access to newspapers:

  • when accessing newspapers, if you see an error message “currently unavailable” please follow the instructions below to reset your Libby account, which should fix the problem
  • remove your library card in Libby, then add it back in again
    • go to > See Library Cards.
    • tap Actions, then Remove Card.
    • tap Add A Card and sign in again.

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 and eAudiobooks

eBooks and eAudiobooks from BorrowBox

  • to get started with eBooks and eAudiobooks you will need your library membership number and PIN
  • when prompted for the name of your library select any of the following: LibrariesWest / South Gloucestershire Libraries / your local library branch. For help email: support@bolindadigital.com
  • you can borrow up to 10 eBooks at any time (reserved titles count as part of your loan entitlement) for a 21-day loan period, with two renewals even if there is a waiting list
  • you can borrow up to 10 eAudiobooks at any time (reserved titles count as part of your loan entitlement) for a 14-day loan period and renew even if there is a waiting list

Use your library member number as printed on your card or your online membership number if you have recently joined online at LibrariesWest. Otherwise you can join online, membership is free. We recommend that you provide your email address when you join as this will give you more control of your account, and allow you to reset your PIN easily if you forget it.

Joined online and don’t have a note of your online membership number?

  • reregister online (www.librarieswest.org.uk/join); enter your email address and you will receive an email with a new online membership number you can use straightaway

Don’t know your PIN?

  • reset it at www.librarieswest.org.uk by selecting “Log in” and then “Forgot my PIN”. This will  send reset instructions to the email address we hold on your record

Free access for library members to two subscription business databases: COBRA and NewsBank. Research your market, identify opportunities and make well informed decisions to develop your business. Log-in anywhere in the UK, 24/7 with your library membership number.

  • COBRA (Complete Business Reference Adviser)

a source of practical information to help you start, run and manage a small business. Includes factsheets, market reports, contacts and sources of funding and support

a comprehensive collection of reliable news sources that includes online newspapers*, journals, blogs, videos and transcripts featuring local, regional, national and international titles.

*Includes The Times without paywall

In addition to the above, library members have free access on request to two more subscription business databases, exclusively at Yate Library on library computers.

  • Fame (Financial Analysis Made Easy)

research over 11 million UK and Ireland companies. Search by individual company, for companies with specific profiles and do detailed analysis

  • Mintel (Global Market Research and Market Insight)

expert analysis of the highest quality data and market research to help you grow your business

To request access to Fame and/or Mintel please speak to a member of staff during staffed hours at Yate Library at each use.

Not yet a library member, or have a 7-digit online membership number?  Access to all four subscription business databases requires full library membership (free of charge).

  • join online and we’ll mail out your Active Card. Please supply your email address when prompted on the form for greater control of your library membership.
  • if you have an online membership number from joining online at LibrariesWest you will need to upgrade to full membership by visiting a library during staffed hours, bringing your online membership number and proof of address such as driving licence or utility bill (no more than 3 months old).
  • or, join in person during staffed hours, bring proof of address such as driving licence or utility bill (no more than 3 months old).

NewsBank is a comprehensive collection of reliable news sources that includes online newspapers*, journals, blogs, videos and transcripts featuring local, regional, national and international titles. *Includes The Times without paywall.

Not yet a library member, or have a 7-digit online membership number?  Access to NewsBank requires full library membership (free of charge).

  • join online and we’ll mail out your Active Card. Please supply your email address when prompted on the form for greater control of your library membership.
  • if you have an online membership number from joining online at LibrariesWest you will need to upgrade to full membership by visiting a library during staffed hours, bringing your online membership number and proof of address such as driving licence or utility bill (no more than 3 months old).
  • or, join in person during staffed hours, bring proof of address such as driving licence or utility bill (no more than 3 months old).

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 Wi-Fi

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 Wi-Fi

Find over 40 million high quality open-access articles, eBooks/eTextbooks, and other open-source materials on a huge range of subjects, including health, environment, computer science, business and many more. All full text, not just citations. A great additional resource, especially for researchers, students and small businesses.

Enter your search term in the catalogue search at www.librarieswest.org.uk and look for the Open Educational Resources tab next to your search results.

Find out more

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 ‘sign in with your library card’ option to enter your library card number.

E-resources that can only be accessed in libraries

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 & Ireland parish and probate records from 1500s – 1800s & US and international sources. Only available on library computers (not available through library Wi-Fi).

We were pleased to be able to offer free access to Ancestry Library Edition from home whilst our libraries were closed during the coronavirus pandemic, with kind permission from ProQuest and Ancestry; this temporary arrangement ended on the 31st December 2021.

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 Wi-Fi) and only during staffed hours

 

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