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Online library resources

To follow any changes to this service, visit the Council Service Updates page.

E-Books and E-Audio

Download our free e-books and e-audio books to your computer, compatible e reader, smartphone or tablet.

You can borrow up to 10 titles at any one time, for 21 days. The book will then automatically disappear from your device, unless it is renewed.

Download our free e-books and e-audio books to your computer, compatible e reader, smartphone or tablet.

You can borrow up to 10 titles at any one time, for 21 days. The book will then automatically disappear from your device, unless it is renewed.

Find the Borrowbox app in your app store. Visit Borrowbox to see the great selection of titles on offer and sign in in with your barcoded library card number and PIN.

Please contact library.enquiries@northlincs.gov.uk if you do not know your PIN.

Find the RB Digital app in your app store. Visit RB Digital to see the great selection of titles on offer and sign in with your barcoded library card number.

Please note: You cannot read Borrowbox or RB Digital e-books on an Amazon Kindle e- Reader.

If you need to join the library to use these resources, please contact library.enquiries@northlincs.gov.uk.

Help and support: Visit the ‘help’ pages on individual websites for support.

Newspapers and magazines

Read over 7,000 newspapers and magazines – many with audio, translate and caption features, and some with back copies available.

Visit Newsbank and sign in with your barcoded library card number, unless you are in one of our libraries.

Newsbank’s collection includes local newspapers such as the Scunthorpe Telegraph, Grimsby Telegraph and Hull Daily Mail.

Find the RB Digital app in your app store. Visit RB Digital Magazines and create an RB Digital account.

If you need to join the library to use these resources, please contact library.enquiries@northlincs.gov.uk.

Help and support: Visit the ‘help’ pages on individual websites for support.

Visit Press Reader and select ‘sign in’. Then click on ‘Library or group’ and ‘North Lincolnshire Libraries’ from the drop-down menu (tip: use the search box to help with this).  Then sign in with your barcoded library card number, unless you are in one of our libraries.

Family and local history

Research your family history and explore newspaper archives and collections.

Explore a newspaper archive from the period of World War One, including the Lincolnshire Star and the Epworth Bells.

Visit the North Lincolnshire Library Newspaper Archive to search the collection.

An unusual digitised collection of historic printed ephemera – including posters, handbills, pamphlets and adverts from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries.

Visit The John Johnson collection and sign in under ‘Public library users’ with your barcoded library card number. Select ‘North Lincolnshire Library & Information Services’ from the drop-down menu.

If you need to join the library to use these resources, please contact library.enquiries@northlincs.gov.uk.

Help and support: Visit the ‘help’ pages on individual websites for support.

Research 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.

Visit The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland and sign in with your barcoded library card number. Then select ‘North Lincolnshire Libraries’.

National biographies

Explore the lives of people from the past.

Explore the lives of over 50,000 people from the past 2,400 years of British history. Includes portrait illustrations.

Visit the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and sign in with your barcoded library card number.

Find out more about the life of a nation, as told by its people in more than 19,000 biographies of significant and influential figures from American history.

Visit the American National Biography and sign in with your barcoded library card number.

Browse thousands of potted biographies of notable people, past and present.

Visit Who’s Who and Who Was Who and sign in with your barcoded library card number.

If you need to join the library to use these resources, please contact library.enquiries@northlincs.gov.uk.

Help and support: Visit the ‘help’ pages on individual websites for support.

Dictionaries and spelling

Consult the world’s most authoritative dictionaries and access online courses to help with grammar and spelling.

Consult the world’s most authoritative English dictionary, containing over 600,000 words and 2.5 million quotes from a wide range of sources.

Visit the Oxford English Dictionary and sign in with your barcoded library card number under ‘North Lincolnshire Libraries’.

Thousands of words, phrases, and translations in many languages, along with essential resources to support your learning and to help with translation.

Visit Oxford Dictionaries and sign in with your barcoded library card number, then select ‘North Lincolnshire Libraries’

Access a full online course to help with grammar and spelling, starting with your personal spelling pathway.

Visit Spellzone and sign in with your barcoded library card number.

If you need to join the library to use these resources, please contact library.enquiries@northlincs.gov.uk.

Help and support: Visit the ‘help’ pages on individual websites for support.

Encyclopaedias and reference

Access a wide range of research and reference materials.

Access the range of material you would expect from this well-known encyclopaedia, across three resources.

Visit:

and sign in with your barcoded library card number.

Fast, high quality information via one million entries over 25 broad subject categories, including some language dictionaries and the Encyclopaedia of British Literature.  Includes illustrations.

Visit Oxford Reference and sign in with your barcoded library card number.

The ultimate authority on the visual arts – from prehistory to the present day, with more than 20,000 biographies of artists and patrons of all disciplines, and over 2,500 illustrations.

Visit Oxford Art and sign in with your barcoded library card number.

The ultimate authority on music worldwide – covering all genres, styles, instruments and techniques, and including over 45,000 articles and 20,000 biographies.

Visit Oxford Music and sign in with your barcoded library card number.

A growing collection of articles in key subject areas. Visit Oxford Research and sign in with your barcoded library card number.

If you need to join the library to use these resources, please contact library.enquiries@northlincs.gov.uk.

Help and support: Visit the ‘help’ pages on individual websites for support.

ESOL and citizenship

Programmes and resources to support asylum seekers, refugees and migrants.

A programme to support asylum seekers, refugees and migrants – covering essential subjects and with links to useful websites such as the NHS and government information.

Visit The British Way of Life and complete a brief log-in process using your barcoded library card number.

An online preparation and practice resource for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Visit Clarity English and sign in with your barcoded library card number.

Prepare for your Citizenship test with this study programme.

Visit GoCitizen and sign in with your barcoded library card number.

If you need to join the library to use these resources, please contact library.enquiries@northlincs.gov.uk.

Help and support: Visit the ‘help’ pages on individual websites for support.

Book awards

Booksellers

Crime and thriller

Includes a links page with several author and publisher sites.

Horror

The largest collection of classic horror stories on the web.

Includes recommended reading lists plus links to other related sites.

Poetry

Lots of information for poets and poetry lovers.

A unique organisation with the aim of keeping people all over the world up to date with new English language poetry. They recommend the best available new poetry books every quarter.

The national library for poetry based at the South Bank Centre in London.

guide to the internet poetry world.

The society for poets and poetry lovers giving details of events, awards and developments in the poetry world.

Romance

Plenty of information for the romance reader.

Sci fi and fantasy

A compilation of searchable bibliographies of science fiction, fantasy, and horror authors.

Various

Free ebooks, some of them classics

Study guides and text notes for more than 44,000 titles.

Discover what to read next, record your reading, share recommendations and more.

Online training courses

Learn My Way – free online courses for beginners. Develop and improve your own digital skills.

Topics covered using computers, mobile devices, online basics, email and office applications, social media, job hunting online, health online, Universal Credit and more

Contacting us about online library resources

library.enquiries@northlincs.gov.uk
01724 860161
Scunthorpe Central, Carlton Street, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, DN15 6TX