With your library card you can access online services and resources any time of the day.
eBooks, eAudiobooks and newspapers
The LibrariesWest eBook, eAudiobook and newspaper service is provided by BorrowBox. Select South Gloucestershire and download eBooks, eAudiobooks and newspapers.
You will need your library membership number and PIN.
There is free access for library members to NewsBank.
NewsBank offers 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
You can login anywhere in the UK, 24/7 with your library membership number.
Digital magazines and comics
The Libby app from OverDrive offers many digital magazines and comics free of charge. You can download the Libby app from your device’s app store.
You will need your library membership number and PIN to login.
For more details about the service visit the LibrariesWest magazines page.
Oxford dictionary of family names in Britain and Ireland
The Oxford reference website holds a dictionary of family names where you can find out about your family name, including where it came from. The dictionary covers English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish, Cornish and immigrant surnames.
It includes every surname that currently has more than 100 bearers, and 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.
Access to research – abstracts
The Access to research website has free academic articles and abstracts for you to read. You can access the abstracts online and email yourself links to any articles of interest.
To gain access to the full text you will need to visit a South Gloucestershire library. You can login to a library computer with your library card or bring your laptop or tablet and connect via our free WiFi.
Online resources that are available only at the library
Access to research – full text
The Access to research website has full text academic articles which can be accessed at all South Gloucestershire libraries for free. To gain access to the full text you will need to visit a South Gloucestershire library. You can login to a library computer with your library card or bring your laptop or tablet and connect via our free WiFi.
Ancestry.com library edition is an online resource where you can research your family history.
This resource is only available on library computers and not through library WiFi.
The Which? website allows you to read product reviews in full before you buy. You can access the Which? website by asking a member of library staff to log you on.
This resource is only available on library computers and not through library WiFi. It can only be accessed during staffed hours.