Online resources and learning

We have many online resources you can access from your computer or handheld device. We have online resources for:

You can also browse old newspapers and magazines. You can also prepare for your driving theory test or Citizenship test.

Accessing our online resources

To access the online resources you will need to be in a Harrow Library and will need:

  • to be a member of the library and
  • your library membership number.

Register or sign in

Research resources

You may find these useful for general interest. They can also help you learn new skills.

Access to Research

A range of articles and research in public libraries across the UK. It can only be accessed from the library PCs.

Oxford Dictionaries

This gives clear guidance in English. It covers all parts of the language. You can also get grammar guidance. You can check synonyms and word lists. Log in with your Harrow library membership number.

Ancestry searches

You may find these useful for finding out about your family history.

Ancestry library edition

Learn about your family history. Find family history. This includes the UK and Ireland Census collections from 1841 to 1901. It also includes birth, death, and marriage records. 

You can only access Ancestry from library computers. Just ask for details on your next visit to the library. Login with your membership number and PIN will be required.

1881 UK Census

Information on the 1881 UK Census collections.

Family tree creator

Use the family tree creator. Helpful to connect with your family story.

Children's learning and development

You may find these useful for helping your child with homework.

General interest, online courses and skills

These may help with personal growth. They can also help you learn new skills.

Driving Theory Test Pro

This is a realistic simulation of the UK's driving theory tests. It's for all vehicle types. It has all the official test questions. They are from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency. Create an account with your library membership number.


Everything you need to prepare and pass the Life in the UK Test on your first attempt. You can access study materials from the Home Office anytime. You get unlimited access to practice questions.

They are in the same format as the official test. Create an account with your library membership number.

Life Skills

Online guides to help people facing changes in their life. With an account you'll get access to all the life-skills courses. Create an account with your library membership number.

Universal Credit

Learn all you need to know about Universal Credit. This includes tips on monthly budgeting and links to helpful sites.

Job Skills

This guide contains lots of hints and tips to help you find your ideal job in the UK. The easy-to-read pages will tell you all you need to know. They help with job hunting, interviews, and starting work.

You’ll find many tips on where to find local jobs. There are also lots of links to the careers and job vacancies section of many national employers.

Find A Job

They will help you create your 'Jobseeker account', set up a profile, and search for jobs. Most importantly, you'll learn how to write letters. You'll also learn to fill in forms, create a CV, and get an email account. Y

ou'll also learn how to follow the guide while doing the processes online.

COOCS – Community Open Online Courses

The courses help people from all walks of life. They are for sharing learning and creating chances for personal growth.

Life in the UK - The British Way of Life

This is a Citizenship course. It gives guidance for newcomers to the United Kingdom. It explains how some of the following parts of life may be different, or new, to you as you settle in the UK:

  • culture
  • customs
  • religion
  • travelling and public transport
  • health
  • hygiene
  • the NHS
  • making a living and benefits.