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Online resources

Once you have joined North Lincolnshire Libraries you can access a wide range of free online resources to help you in your work, your study or for pleasure.

You can access these resources from any computer with an internet connection, 24/7 (unless indicated otherwise). This means that you can use them from home or work, even when the library is closed. Simply log in with your library card number.

Resources available:

Clarity English: Road to IELTS is an online preparation and practice resource for IELTS, which stands for 'International English Language Testing System'. If your first language is not English, taking an IELTS qualification will help you gain further qualifications and employment in many countries, including the United Kingdom.

To access this free resource, you will need membership of North Lincolnshire Library Service. You will just need to visit your local library in order to register as a member.  This is also free of charge.

Once you have registered for library membership, just log on to Clarity English with your ten-digit library card number.

Please note, if you wish to use 'Clarity English' on a library computer, there may be a fee for this.

With Encyclopaedia Britannica Online Library Edition you can access the range of material you would expect from the well-known encyclopaedia. You can access the site via one of the three links below.

For access in the library

Britannica Junior is aimed at children between the ages of five years and eleven years old. It includes information to help with your homework, along with news articles from CBBC, useful links, videos and games.

Britannica Student is aimed at young people between the ages of 12 years and 18 years. It includes searchable articles to help with homework and assignments on all topics, as well as videos, timelines, news articles and links.

Encyclopaedia Britannica is aimed at those over 18 years of age. It includes a fully searchable encyclopaedia, along with atlases, biographies, timelines, classic works and much more.

For access outside the library

Use these links to access Encyclopaedia Britannica from home or on the move. You will need to type in your library barcode when prompted.

Britannica Junior

Britannica Student

Britannica Adult

The John Johnson Catalogue of Printed Ephemera includes posters, handbills, pamphlets, prints and adverts.

It offers unique insights into the changing nature of life in Britain in the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries.

It includes sections such as 19th-Century Entertainment, the Booktrade, Popular Prints, Crimes, Murders and Executions, and Adverts.

Visit the John Johnson Collection website, then simply type in your library barcode and select “North Lincolnshire Library & Information Service” from the drop-down list.

You can use this resource at home as well as in the library. You will need to type in your library barcode when prompted. If you are not already a member of the library you can join for free by visiting your local library, or you can join online now.

The Oxford English Dictionary is the most authoritative dictionary of English in the world. It contains over 600,000 words and includes 2.5 million quotes from a wide range of sources - from classic literature to pop songs.

Oxford English Dictionary (Library access)
If you are using a North Lincolnshire Library computer, follow the above link.

Oxford English Dictionary (Home access)
To use the site from home you will need to follow the link above and type in your library barcode.

If you are not already a member of the library you can join for free by visiting your local library, or you can join online now.

Oxford Art Online is the ultimate authority on the visual arts - from pre-history to the present day.

It contains more than 21,000 biographies of artists, architects, sculptors, patrons, dealers, theorists etc. It also covers the decorative arts – such as ceramics, jewellery, interior design, glass, and furniture.

There are over 2,500 illustrations.

To use the site from home you will need to select 'library barcode user logon' and type in your library barcode.  

Oxford Bibliographies of Victorian and British and Irish Literature contain introductory articles on a huge range of topics within these two subject areas, and bibliographies/reading lists for each one so you can find out where to look next. Discover writing about the 1916 Easter Rising or Robin Hood; Dickens, de Quincey or Dracula; William Blake or WB Yeats.

From home you will need to enter your library barcode.

Oxford Dictionaries (English and Spanish) gives you access to two major language dictionaries, courtesy of Oxford University Press

Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland covers English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish, Cornish and immigrant surnames which currently have over 100 bearers and those that had over 20 bearers according to the 1881 census.

To use the site from home click on 'Sign in' and 'Login with your Library Card'.  Type in your library barcode number and select 'North Lincolnshire Libraries'.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography enables you to explore the lives of over 55,000 people who have shaped the British past over the last 2,400 years. You can read entries that range from Julius Caesar and Boudicca - to Princess Diana and Sid Vicious. It also contains over 10,000 portrait illustrations.

To use the site from home you will need to type in your library barcode.  

Oxford Music Online is the ultimate authority on music worldwide. It covers classical to hip-hop and from baroque to blues. It includes over 45,000 articles by 6,000 contributors on people and places, instruments and techniques, genres and styles.

There are over 20,000 biographies from Mozart to Yo-Yo Ma, Diaghilev to P T Barnum. It also includes 3-D interactive images of musical instruments.

To use the site from home you will need to click on the link to ‘library barcode user login' and type in your library barcode. 

Oxford Reference Online gives you fast access to top-quality information on every subject - from art to zoology. There are over one million entries across 25 subjects. It contains English, French, German, Spanish and Italian dictionaries, and also includes the Encyclopaedia of British Literature.

There are also over 12,000 illustrations including 6,000 in full colour.

To use the site from home you will need to type in your library barcode.

Very Short Introductions (starter pack) are a popular and accessible range of scholarly titles, giving an overview of a particular topic. There are ten to choose from online, from British Politics to Planets, Mathematics to Nutrition.

Please note, if you are not already a member of the library you can join for free by visiting your local library, or you can join online now.

Newsbank is a collection of over 300 national and regional newspapers from the UK and Ireland. It includes local papers from across the country including the Scunthorpe Telegraph, Grimsby Telegraph and Hull Daily Mail. You can read all the well-known national newspapers too. It includes both the current and backdated copies of the papers.

You can use this site at home as well as in the library. To use the site from home you will need to type in your library barcode. If you are not already a member of the library you can join for free by visiting your local library, or join online now.

Free online magazines

Read 40 different online magazines for free through North Lincolnshire Libraries.

The titles are always available 24/7, no checkout limits and can be viewed on any internet enabled device, for example, computers, smartphones and tablets, or downloaded for reading later offline.

Popular titles include Amateur Photographer, BBC Good Food, Top Gear, Gardeners' World, Hello, Marie Claire, Total Film, PC Advisor and Your Family Tree.

You will need to create a RB Digital online magazine account, but it's free, quick and simple to use, so register today.

Register for free online magazines

The magazines are best viewed through the RB Digital app, which is free from the major app stores. 

Explore our Digital Newspaper Archive from the time of the First World War.

One hundred years ago, the two main local papers in Northern Lincolnshire were the 'Lincolnshire Star' and the 'Epworth Bells'.

Local historians, family history researchers, students and anyone else with an interest in the history of this area can now enjoy this glimpse into the Home Front in Lincolnshire. 

Access to Research is a pilot initiative to make academic journals available online though public libraries.

This resource is only available on computers within your local library.   

Visit our ebook and eaudio library

North Lincolnshire library members can now download our FREE ebooks and eaudiobooks to their computers, compatible eReaders, smartphones and tablets.  Look for the RB Digital app in your app store!

You can borrow up to ten titles at any one time for a period of up to 21 days. After that the book will automatically disappear from your device, so no late returns or charges. 

Simply visit our ebook and eaudio book library to see our great selection of titles on offer. You will need your barcoded library card number to login and download the ebooks.

PLEASE NOTE: our ebooks cannot be read on an Amazon Kindle eReader.

The website and help pages on the RB Digital app contain some useful tutorials and troubleshooting guides. If you need any further support please email rbdigital@wfhowes.co.uk 

The British Way of Life is a program to help all asylum seekers, refugees and migrants in getting used to British Life as quickly as possible. It covers many essential topics and subjects, with links to government, NHS and other useful websites to find out invaluable information to succeed in 'The British Way of Life'.

There are six information packed chapters and here are just a few of the subjects included in the program: 

The Basics includes:                             Customs - Currency

Local Information includes:                   Accommodation - Public Transport

Staying Safe and Legal includes:           Documentation - Visas  

Health and Hygiene includes:                Home Hygiene - Local Medical Services

Making a Living includes:                      Steps to Citizenship - Finding Work

A Better Life includes:                          Education - The Right to Vote

Who's Who and Who Was Who The definitive guide to notable people, past and present. Browse thousands of potted biographies of everyone from authors and artists to business people and politicians.

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Carlton Street
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North Lincolnshire Central Library

Monday: 9am to 5pm
Tuesday: 9am to 4pm
Wednesday: 9am to 7pm
Thursday: 9am to 4pm
Friday: 9am to 5pm
Saturday: 9am to 4pm

Closed on Sundays and bank holidays

Last updated: 11/09/2017