Online research resources and courses

General interest resources

The resources listed below are useful for research and general interest.

Access to Research 

The Access to Research service provides access to a wide range of academic articles and research in public libraries across the UK. It can only be accessed from the library PCs.

Ancestry library edition

The Ancestry library edition provides information on family history, including the UK & Ireland Census collections 1841-1901, plus birth, death and marriage records.

Under normal circumstances Ancestry can only be accessed from library PCs, however this has been temporarily extended to allow library cardholders remote access from home while libraries are closed, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry.

Login with your membership number and PIN will be required.

1881 UK Census

View information on the 1881 UK Census collections.

Family tree creator

You can use the family tree creator to create your family tree and connect with your family story.

Britannica junior encyclopaedia

Encyclopaedia for ages 5-11.

Britannica student encyclopaedia

Encyclopaedia for ages 12-18.

Britannica adult encyclopaedia

Encyclopaedia for ages 18+.