Poole Libraries have taken out subscriptions to a number of quality information sites which are all available on this page for you to use for free.
If you are in a library you have direct access (no password required). Elsewhere your Poole library card number is your password, so just enter it when asked. All except Ancestry, Access to Research, Which online, the British Newspaper Archive, MintUK and the John Johnson Collection are available for you to use in this way. These are only available if you are in a library - either on your own device using the library's WiFi, or on one of the library's free computers.
If you are not a member, it is easy to join - you can even join online.
Please also see our audiobooks and eBooks pages.
New Resources from Oxford University Press
You can now access Oxford Bibliographies in Victorian Literature and British and Irish Literature for free logging in with your library card. Every article on Oxford Bibliographies is a respected guide to current thinking in that area, written and reviewed by experts, and with original commentary and annotations. The Victorian Literature module includes annotated bibliographies on over 100 topics including Gender, Charles Dickens, Race, and more. In the British and Irish Literature module you’ll find over 100 bibliographies, including topics such as Arthurian Literature, John Keats, and Christopher Marlowe. Watch the video guide to learn more.
Very Short Introductions
Very Short Introductions (VSI) is the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly, combining facts, analysis, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make often challenging topics highly readable. For the first time, these books are available online on an exciting digital platform. Very Short Introductions will change the way you think about the things that interest you, and are the perfect route into subjects you previously knew nothing about.
Resources available 24/7
COBRA (Complete Online Business Reference Adviser)
COBRA is an online business information resource that contains over a thousand small business factsheets, guides and sector-specific reports.
You can access each of these three encyclopaedias using the following links:
GoCitizen.co.uk is an online study resource for candidates preparing for the 'Life in the UK' Test or British citizenship test. It includes an online version of the latest official study materials licensed from the Home Office plus hundreds of practice test questions in the same format as the official test.
Oxford Art Online - Over 45,000 signed articles covering the fine arts, including painting, sculpture, architecture and the decorative arts, including ceramics, textiles, jewellery, interior design, furniture, glass, and metalwork. Over 21,000 biographies, over 6,000 art images and line drawings as well as direct links from biographies to other online resources, including the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography includes the life stories of over 57,000 men and women who shaped British history and culture worldwide, from the Romans to the 21st century
Oxford English Dictionary
The Oxford English Dictionary is widely held to be the most authoritative and comprehensive record of the English language in the world,tracing the evolution and use of more than 600,000 words through 3 million quotations. OED Online gives you not only the latest text of the full Oxford English Dictionary, but also the Historical Thesaurus of the OED, and new ways to explore the English language.
Oxford Music Online - Over 55,000 articles written by over 6,000 leading international experts chart the diverse history and culture of music and musicians from around the world. Detailed works lists for a vast range of composers. Over 500 Sibelius-enabled audio examples, over 33,000 biographies, learning resources and timelines provide invaluable support for teachers and students.
Oxford Reference Online is the new home of Oxford’s quality reference publishing bringing together over 2 million entries, many of which are illustrated, into a single cross-searchable resource. From subject reference, quotation, and language dictionaries in the Oxford Quick Reference collection, to award winning Oxford Companions and Encyclopaedias, in the Oxford Reference Library you can cross-search Oxford’s trusted reference content at the click of a button.
Rock's Backpages is a complete archive of the history of rock music - they have given us access to free material available on the site: just click on one of the articles under Free on RBP and use the Username PooleRBP and password PooleROCKS to access the article.
Theory Test Pro
Theory Test Pro is an online simulation of the UK's driving theory test. It contains up to date versions of the entire official test question bank, hazard perception video clips, and an online version of the Highway Code. All this material is licensed from the Driving Standards Agency (DSA), the people who set the tests.
Who else writes like
If you like a particular type of fiction, or maybe stories set in a particular country, you need to try Who Else Writes Like?. You can access it directly on the computers in the library, or at home with your library card number as your login.
Whonext? is similar to Who Else Writes Like but for children and young people. If accessing from home go straight to the login page where you can input your library card number.
Who’s Who and Who Was Who - custom-built for biographical research: cross-search over 130,000 inﬂuential people from all walks of life worldwide, who have left their mark on British public life. Entries are written by the subjects themselves and can include full name, birth date, education, career, contact details and more. Compare subjects' biographies in Who Was Who with their autobiographical entries in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography with over 10,000 direct links.
Available only in libraries (not at home)
Access to Research
Browse a library of journals by visiting the Access to Research website. To access the full text of the journal article users will need to log in to a library computer with a valid Poole Library card. To find out more about accessing this extensive and growing database of publicly-funded research papers and academic journals, either download the flyer here or ask at your local library. There are some Frequently Asked Questions at www.accesstoresearch.org.uk/about.
Ancestry is a family history website where you can access Census information (1841 to 1901), births, marriages and deaths, military records and much more. You can access Ancestry free if you visit any of our libraries. For more information about researching your family tree, go to our Local and Family History page.
British Newspaper Archive
The British Newspaper Archive is a project to digitise up to 40 million pages from the British Library's vast collection of local newspapers over the next 10 years. Search millions of articles by keyword, name, location, date or title and watch your results appear in an instant. To begin, register with the site with your email address and password - once logged in, you can carry out unlimited searches (but our current licence only allows five users at a time).
John Johnson Collection
Another resource available in libraries is the John Johnson collection. This is essentially a collection of images of nearly 60,000 printed illustrations spanning the eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The collection is held in the Bodleian Library at Oxford.
MintUK is a comprehensive database of company information in the UK and is a valuable business intelligence tool for sales and marketing. Due to licensing requirements MintUK is only available in any Poole Library. We have a one concurrent user licence, so please log out as soon as you have finished. To find out how MintUK can help you watch this short video.
Search online - Hundreds of reports are available, and an archive which goes back to January 2005. Ask library staff to log you in.