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Online resources

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 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 a library member, you can join the library online.

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

Access to ResearchAccess to Research gives free access to over 15 million academic articles. Full text articles can only be viewed in the library.
Ancestry InstitutionWe 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 so that they can be accessed from home. 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.
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.

RBDigitalRegister on the RBdigital website to start downloading eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines to your computer or portable device. For more information, visit eBooks, Audio and eMagazines.
John Johnson CollectionEphemera from the Bodleian Library offering unique insights into everyday life in Britain in the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries.
Naxos Music LibraryStreamed classical music. Also includes some jazz, blues and new age.
​​​​​​​Naxos Spoken Word LibraryStreamed novels, plays and poetry.
TheoryTest ProAn online simulation of the UK's driving theory test (you will need an email address to sign up for this).
Wiltshire community historyOur award winning local history site.
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