Reference library online

Use a range of reference services for free.  Perfect to help with your research, study or homework.

General reference

Access to Research (only in libraries)
Free access to over 1.5 million academic articles from a huge range of journals. Subjects include art, architecture, business, engineering, history, languages, politics, philosophy, mathematics and the sciences.

Britannica Online (use your library card number to login)
Online version of the complete Encyclopaedia Britannica.

Also available in Encyclopedia Britannica Junior (for pupils age 5-11) and Encyclopedia Britannica Student (for students age 12-18).

Credo Reference (use your library card number to login)
Search in hundreds of encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, quotations, and subject-specific titles, as well as 200,000+ images and audio files, and nearly 200 videos. Ideal for research projects and homework.

Dictionary of National Biography (login with "hertsb" and your library card number)
An illustrated collection of biographies of over 55,000 men and women who shaped Britain, from earliest times to present.

Go Citizen (use your library card number to login)
Prepare for the Life in the UK test or British Citizenship test with the latest official study materials, plus hundreds of practice test questions in the same format as the official test.

Information4living
National and local sources of information to support critical aspects of your life – such as your health and wellbeing, money, benefits or work.

Oxford Dictionaries Pro (login with "hertsb" and your library card number)
Definitions of words and phrases with expert guidance on style, usage, grammar and spelling.

Oxford English Dictionary (login with "hertsb" and your library card number)
The definitive English dictionary that lists the meanings, history and pronunciation of over 500,000 English words.

Oxford Reference Online (login with "hertsb" and your library card number)
A selection of searchable reference titles on a variety of subjects. Includes encyclopedias, dictionaries and books of quotations.

Theory Test Pro (use your library card number to login)
Practise the official UK theory driving test for cars and motorcycles. Available in over 60 languages.

Which? (in libraries only)
Read the latest Which? magazine products and services reviews. Ask a member of staff to login.

Who's who and Who was who? (login with "hertsb" and your library card number)
A huge range of short biographies of noteworthy and influential people.

Family history

Ancestry and Findmypast (only in libraries)
Research your family history with these two amazing resources.

Hertfordshire Names Online
Access many of our indexes to local and family history sources, such as pre-1837 marriages, wills, newspapers and magazines, tithe awards and records about the poor.

Literature and music

Naxos Music Library (use your library card number to login) Streaming music website, focussing on classical music with also jazz, world music and classic rock.

Our licence allows for 10 users to have access at the same time. If access is denied, please try again at a later time.

Oxford Bibliographies (login with “hertsb” and your library card number) Studying British and Irish Literature or Victorian Literature? Find trusted and peer reviewed sources of information from expert scholars.

Who else writes like? (use your library card number to login) Find an author whose books you like and see which other writers are recommended. You can also browse by genre or explore prize winners.

 

Business information

British Standards Online (only in Welwyn Garden City Central Library)
Access over 55,000 British, adopted European and International standards. Standards can't be downloaded or printed.

Cobra
Practical information for starting, running and managing a small business, including profiles of business ideas, management factsheets and UK market sector reports.

Only in Bishop's Stortford, Borehamwood, Harpenden, Hatfield, Hemel Hempstead, Hitchin, Hoddesdon, St Albans, Stevenage, Watford and Welwyn Garden City Central libraries.

Company REFS (only in Welwyn Garden City Central Library)
Company information and data from the London Stock Exchange.

FAME (only in Welwyn Garden City Central Library)
UK and Irish financial company information including contact details, names of directors, business activity, number of employees and up to 10 years of accounts

Marketline (only in Welwyn Garden City Central Library)
Global market research reports covering all major industry sectors. Access using the Industry Research tab on FAME.

Mi Ventures
Get business advice from experts on starting and growing your business.

Only in Bishop's Stortford, Borehamwood, Harpenden, Hatfield, Hemel Hempstead, Hitchin, Hoddesdon, St Albans, Stevenage, Watford and Welwyn Garden City Central libraries.

Mintel (Only in Welwyn Garden City Central Library)
UK market research reports covering Beauty, Food, Leisure and Clothing Retail. Reports can’t be printed or downloaded.

Newspapers and magazines

Library Press Display (Card number to log in) 
Read over 4000 newspapers from 100 countries in 60 languages.

British Library Newspapers (use your library card number to login)
Full runs of 48 influential British national and regional newspapers.

British Newspaper Archive (only in libraries)
100s of local and regional UK newspapers from 19th and 20th century. You'll need to create an account but you'll have free unlimited credits when you use this in the library.

Newsstand (use your library card number to login)
A collection of 1000s of national, international and local newspapers, including all UK broadsheets and tabloids.

The Illustrated London News 1842-2003 (use your library card number to login)
Access the entire 160 year run of the newspaper with 260,000 searchable pages and more than 1.5 million high quality colour images.

The John Johnson Collection (login with "hertsb" and your library card number)
An archive of programmes, playbills, prospectuses, popular prints and advertising materials from 18th, 19th and early 20th century.

Sunday Times Historical Archive 1822-2006 (use your library card number to login)
Search or browse 600,000 pages of this historic newspaper. Articles are searchable.

Times Digital Archive 1785-2011 (use your library card number to login)
Every page of every issue.  Fully searchable.

UK Reference Centre (login with "hertsb" and your library card number)
Full text and bibliographic information for general reference publications, including journals, biographies and images, some dating back to 1975.

Learning

Universal Class Access over 500 high quality online courses from Art and photography, Home and garden and Writing skills. Courses have real instructors to guide the learning and provide a collaborative learning environment.

Atomic Training  Online software training with thousands of videos covering more than 500 of today’s most popular software: Microsoft Office, iTunes, emails, Google, tablets, Twitter, Facebook and more.