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Online reference library


Southwark library members can access the very best online resources free of charge. Please click on any of the links below and then enter all of the characters on your library card. Any letters on the card should be typed in upper case.

Full facsimile versions of over 2000 newspapers and magazines from over 100 countries and 60 languages. Available via computers, tablets, smart phones and a range of other mobile devices. Includes most UK daily and Sunday newspapers.

eMagazines from Zinio
Southwark Libraries offer a free service to its users called Zinio. Magazines are available digitally with all the pictures, layout and print one gets with a hard copy. Zinio is available via computers, tablets, smart phones and a range of other mobile devices.

Woman accessing her library account online

Ancestry Library Edition is available in your local library free of charge. Key records for family history research, including: 1841-1911 census; birth, marriage and death records; street directories, telephone directories, school and military lists. Please visit your local library as Ancestry can only be accessed from within Southwark libraries. This family history database is not available by remote access. If you need help, please contact a member of library staff.

Which? Online gives additional information to products and services than provided by the print edition. Which? Online can only be accessed from within Southwark libraries. Please ask a member of staff to log you in. 

Theory Test Pro
Prepare for your driving test. Theory Test Pro is an online simulation of the UK's driving theory test. It contains the entire official test question bank, hazard perception video clips and online version of the Highway Code.                                                         

Life in Great Britain
Prepare foryour British Citizenship test using this self-learn course and take a mock test in preparation for the national test.

Money Advice Service - Health check
Whatever the situation with your finances, it's good to know where you stand and that you are making the most of what you have. The health check, a new online money adviser from the Money Advice Service, is for everyone and provides free and unbiased help towards providing you with a personalised action plan in just 10 minutes.

24 hour online reference enquiry service where you can chat to a reference librarian in real time.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Explore the lives of over 55,000 people important to the history of Britain.

Oxford Reference Online Premium Collection
Authoritative information on every subject, from astronomy to zoology.

Oxford English Dictionary Online
The very last word on the English language.

Oxford Dictionaries Pro 
Up-to-date online dictionaries, thesauruses, and language reference content based on the largest language research programme in the world, Oxford Dictionaries Pro is an extensive, integrated, English language resource. It offers quick search access to definitions of words, phrases, and idioms, with expert guidance on style and usage, grammar, and spelling; plus specialist guides for legal and technical writing.

An online database of major UK newspapers.

Times Digital Archive
The complete digital edition of the Times, 1785-1985, containing full facsimile images of specific articles or complete pages. Includes all articles, advertisements, illustrations and photos divided into categories to facilitate searching.


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