With your library card you can access online services and resources any time of the day.

eBooks and eAudiobooks

The LibrariesWest eBook and eAudiobook service is provided by BorrowBox. Select South Gloucestershire and download eBooks and eAudiobooks.

You will need your library membership number and PIN.

For more details about the service visit the LibrariesWest eBook and eAudiobook pages.

Digital newspapers and magazines

Libby app

The Libby app from OverDrive offers many digital magazines, newspapers 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 magazine and newspapers pages.

Business information

There is free access for library members to two subscription business databases: COBRA and NewsBank.

You can research your market, identify opportunities and make well informed decisions to develop your business.

You can login anywhere in the UK, 24/7 with your library membership number.

COBRA

COBRA offers 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.

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

We also offer free access to Fame and Mintel databases at Yate Library. You can access these databases during staffed hours.

FAME (Financial Analysis Made Easy)

With FAME you can 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)

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

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

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.

Which?

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.

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