A wide variety of free online reference and information resources are available in your local library and, via this web site, at home, work or school. Ideal for anyone with business, historical, homework or general knowledge questions.
We can provide you with access to nearly 1000 electronic titles - these are grouped together in the services listed on this page. Have your library membership number (e.g. D12345678) and your PIN number ready.
American National Biography
Over 19,000 biographies of significant, influential or notorious figures from American history written by prominent scholars
British Newspaper Archive
The British Newspaper Archive contains around 3 million pages of newspaper content. The first stages of the project focused on runs published before 1900 and titles such as Birmingham, Derby, Manchester, Nottingham, Norwich, Leeds and York, along with local titles from London boroughs. Newspapers which aimed for county circulation from Staffordshire to Sussex also feature prominently, providing an unrivalled picture of provincial life spanning the whole of the 19th century. Library members can use this subscription to access the site at their local library, please ask staff. Please note while there is no charge for using this subscription, normal computer charges apply.
Cobra stands for Complete Business Resource Advisor. This is an online resource packed with information about setting up in business, including area profiles, factsheets and signposting to the key sources of help and support in your field. It’s also great for researching which qualifications are required for a particular career.
Find my Past
Nottingham City Libraries subscribes to the Find My Past website which has the censuses for England and Wales 1841 to 1911, the General Registrar's Indexes of Births, Marriages and Deaths from 1837 to c.2006, military records from 1760 to c.1915 as well as many other useful sources of information. Library members can use this subscription to access the site at their local library - please ask staff. Please note while there is no charge for using this subscription, normal computer charges apply).
Life in Great Britain
The Life in Great Britain course from 220 Soft, with its unique features and reportage, helps prepare all applicants to take the British Citizenship Test.
Click here to access Life in Great Britain
Oxford Bibliographies Online
Offers access to British, Irish and Victorian Literature.
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
The full text of the 20 volumes of the new edition of the Dictionary plus over 10,000 illustrations. Supplements are issued every year in the on-line edition.
Oxford English Dictionary Online
The full text of the 20 volume 2nd edition plus all the supplements.
Click here to access the Oxford English Dictionary Online
Oxford Music Online
The full text of the 29 volume New Grove Dictionary of Music, the 4 volume New Grove Dictionary of Opera and the 4 volumes of the New Grove Dictionary of Jazz.
Click here to access Grove Music Online
Times Digital Archive
See an actual copy of every page of the Times Newspaper, from 1755 to 2006. Fully searchable and printable. Please note that we only have a 2-user licence to this resource; if it is busy when you try to use it, please try again later.
Comprehensive step-by-step guides covering all key areas of Job Skills, Universal Jobmatch and Universal Credit. Includes an introduction to basic computer skills
You will need your library card number and password to access the site
Very Short Introductions
Twentieth Century Britain, British Politics, Drugs, Contemporary Art, History, Management, Mathematics, Nutrition, The Earth, Planets.
Discover a new topic or subject with these intelligent and serious introductions written by authors who are experts in their field.
Who's who and Who was Who
Published annually since 1849, Who's who contains over 33,000 short biographies, continually updated, of living noteworthy and influential individuals, from all walks of life, worldwide. When a person with an entry dies, their information is automatically transferred to Who was who. The combined publications include biographical information on over 130,000 people.
Click here to access the Who's who and Who was who
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