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Libraries in Newcastle are current closed. Only City Library is open for selected services. You can find information on how to access your library services during the closure on our website; it includes accessing e-books, e-audiobooks and digital magazines.

Members of Newcastle Libraries have exclusive access to the quality online reference resources below. Our resources cover the following topics:

  • Encyclopedias and dictionaries
  • Family history
  • Newspaper archives
  • Practice tests (Life in the UK, driving theory...)

Most if these online services require you to login with with your library card number and PIN. 

If you are not a member, and would like to access some of these services, you can join here.

If you have forgotten your PIN you can reset it here.

 

Britannica Online

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Search Encyclopedia Britannica Online for easy-to-use information rich in pictures, videos and animations from a trusted source. There are versions of the encyclopedia tailored for adults, students aged 12 to 18 and children aged 5 to 11. It's the perfect place for all levels of research, including those tough homework questions!

Oxford Dictionaries

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Oxford Dictionaries is your destination whenever you need language guidance. The main English dictionary has word meanings and pronounciations, but you can also set the search box to bring you results from the thesaurus. The grammar section from the menu at the top has all the rules about usage, punctuation and even spelling tips. To access click through to Oxford Dictionaries. In the "Login with library card" field type in NCLE followed by your library card number (without any spaces).

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

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The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography contains the biographies of deceased people who helped shape British history. The biographies include links to related content on other websites such as the National Portrait Gallery.

To access: click on the hyperlink above. In the "Login with library card" field type in NCLE followed by your library card number (without any spaces).

Oxford English Dictionary

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The Oxford English Dictionary provides authoritative definitions of over 500,000 words including etymological analysis and pronunciation.

To access: click on the hyperlink above. In the "Login with library card" field type in NCLE followed by your library card number (without any spaces).

Oxford Reference Online

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Oxford Reference Online brings together language and subject reference works from one of the world's biggest and most trusted reference publishers. It's your port of call for bilingual dictionaries, grammar, etymology, quotations, proverbs and subject-specific dictionaries.

To access: click on the hyperlink above. In the "Login with library card" field type in NCLE followed by your library card number (without any spaces).

Oxford Art Online

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Search Oxford Art Online to access the content of Grove Art Online and other reference resources. Oxford Art Online includes over 200,000 articles that span ancient to contemporary art and architecture, as well as over 19,000 images of works of art, structures, plans, and artist signatures.

To access: click on the hyperlink above. In the "Login with library card" field type in NCLE followed by your library card number (without any spaces).

Oxford Music Online

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Oxford Music Online provides biographical information on classical and modern musicians from Amadeus Mozart to Aphex Twin. There are also articles on composers, conductors, instruments and notation.

To access: click on the hyperlink above. In the "Login with library card" field type in NCLE followed by your library card number (without any spaces).

British Library Newspapers

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The British Library Newspapers database includes three northern titles: the Newcastle Courant, the Northern Liberator and the Northern Echo. It also includes a range of regional and national titles, for example, the Illustrated Police News. If you are interested in family history or general historical research you will find this database useful.

To access: click on the hyperlink above. When asked for a password enter your library card number.

 

Times Digital Archive

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Search through the complete digital edition of The Times from 1785 - now available to 2009 - to retrieve either a specific article or a complete page. On the Times Digital Archive the entire newspaper is captured, with all articles, advertisements and illustrations and photos.

To access: click on the hyperlink above. When asked for a password enter your library card number.

 

Theory Test Pro

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Theory Test Pro is a highly realistic online simulation of the UK's driving theory tests for all vehicle categories. It contains all the official test questions licensed from the Driving Standards Agency (the DSA), the people that set the tests.

To access: click on the hyperlink above. If it is the first time you use Theory Test Pro you will be required to create an account using your card number and an email address. Your progress on the tests will be saved to your account.

 

Life in Britain

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Life in Britain is an online resource that helps those preparing for the Life in the UK British citizenship test. It is easy to use and features practice tests which simulate the Test experience with 25 questions and a 45 minute timer and speech.

To access: click on the hyperlink above. You will need your card number to login.

 

 

 

Universal Skills

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The Universal Skills database has easy to use step-by-step guides for basic IT skills and everything you need to know about Universal Credit, Find a job and Employability and Job Skills. It is is updated every month with information from the Department of Work and Pensions Partners and government websites.

To access: click on the hyperlink above. You will need your card number to login.

Did you know?

You can access family history resources Find My Past and Ancestry for free from home through Newcastle Libraries?

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