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Free online information services from Wiltshire Libraries

The following online services are available free of charge to members of Wiltshire Libraries. Use them from your home or office computer or, when we re-open, from one of our in-library computers.  Have your library card ready when using these services and enter your 10 digit card number without spaces.

If you're not yet a library member, you can join the library online.

Videos showing you how to get started with some of our online resources can be found on the Wiltshire Libraries YouTube channel.

A list of links to help with home schooling and digital learning can be found on the Active Communities resource page.

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Access to Research

Access to Research gives free access to over 15 million academic articles. Full text articles can only be viewed in the library.

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Ancestry Institution

We normally provide free access to Ancestry Institution on the public computers in the library. Due to COVID-19, Ancestry have provided us with a link to the Wiltshire Parish records and wills on Ancestry. There are over 6.8 million names searchable within the collection, ranging from 1530-1916. In order to see the full search results, you will need to register for a free Ancestry guest account, providing an email address and password and accepting the terms and conditions of the website. The free access works for the Wiltshire collections only and if you try to search another collection you will hit a paywall. When we re-open, full access to Ancestry Institution will be available on the public computers in the library.


British Newspaper Archive

The British Newspaper Archive gives free access to millions of newspaper articles from the British Library newspaper collections. Register and view articles from the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  Articles can only be viewed in the library.


eBooks, eAudio & eMagazines (RBdigital)

Register on the RBdigital website to start downloading eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines to your computer or portable device.

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John Johnson Collection

Ephemera from the Bodleian Library offering unique insights into everyday life in Britain in the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Naxos Music Library

Streamed classical music. Also includes some jazz, blues and new age.

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Naxos Spoken Word Library

Streamed novels, plays and poetry.

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TheoryTest Pro

An online simulation of the UK's driving theory test (you will need an email address to sign up for this).

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Wiltshire Community History

Our award winning local history site.

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Wiltshire maps (Know Your Place - West of England)

Know Your Place is a digital heritage mapping project to help you to explore your neighbourhood online through historic maps.

It's not all online!

All libraries in Wiltshire also have a range of reference books to help customers with their information enquiries as well as helpful staff who are trained in using both books and the Internet.

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Last updated: 21 April 2020 | Last reviewed: 21 April 2020