Free subscription resources

We pay the subscription fee for the following list of websites so that our library users can benefit from access.

Do I need to be a library member?

If you are not a full member of the library, you can become a virtual member in order to access subscription resources available on the e-Library from home or office.

How does it work?

When you visit the premium subscription websites from your home or office you will need to enter your library card number in the box provided.

Some resources may only be available in certain libraries due to licensing requirements - any restrictions are listed in the entry for each resource.

List of resources

Business and intellectual property

Complete Business Reference Adviser (COBRA)

​COBRA is a practical and comprehensive resource for anyone wanting to start a business, write a business or marketing plan or conduct research into a new market.

Mint UK

​Mint UK is a comprehensive database of company information in the UK. It is a valuable business intelligence tool for sales and marketing.

Due to licensing requirements Mint UK is not available through home access, and can only be used at Northampton Central Library and Wellingborough Library. You will also need to be logged in by a member of staff.

Mintel

In-depth market researcher reporting on 10 key sectors such as lifestyles and food. Due to licensing agreements Mintel can only be accessed at Northampton Central Library. The reports are view only and cannot be downloaded or printed.

SimplyDocs

​SimplyDocs is a collection of free and ready to use documents and contract templates, which will allow you to fulfil your business’s legal requirements efficiently.

Due to licensing requirements SimplyDocs is not available through home access, and can only be used in your local library. You will need to be logged in by a member of staff.

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Encyclopaedias and dictionaries

CREDO Reference

​CREDO Reference provides over 1,000 reference books. It contains dictionaries, encyclopaedias and also contains a crossword solver.

Encyclopaedia Britannica

We have 3 online editions of the Encyclopaedia Britannica on offer.

Oxford Art

​Contains not only Grove Art Online but also Oxford Companion to Western Art, the Encyclopaedia of Aesthetics and the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art terms.

Oxford Dictionaries

​Contains up to date online dictionaries, thesauruses, and language reference content. Also includes specialist guides for legal and technical writing.

Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland

​The ultimate reference work on family names of the UK and Ireland, covering English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish, Cornish, and immigrant surnames. It includes every surname that currently has more than 100 bearers, and those that had more than 20 bearers in the 1881 census.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

​Tells the stories of 60,000 men and women who shaped Britain's past. You can discover over 2,000 years of history through the lives of famous Britons.

Oxford English Dictionary

​Tracing the evolution of more than 600,000 words over the last 1,500 years through 2.5 million quotations from a wide range of sources, from classic literature and periodicals to film scripts and pop songs.

Oxford Music

​Incorporating Grove Music Online. Now has in addition, the Oxford Dictionary of Music and the Oxford Companion to Music.

Oxford Reference online

​Explore a host of subjects from a range of dictionaries and companions to give a comprehensive answer to all your queries. Contains over 500 colour maps and flags, 2,500 researched web links, 12,000 images and over 1 million entries across 25 subjects.

UK Who's Who and Who Was Who

Provides up to date information about over 33,000 influential people from all walks of life, worldwide. Containing autobiographical listings of people from around the globe who have an impact on British life. Who Was Who includes over 100,000 people listed in previous editions of Who's Who.

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Work, learning and volunteering

Universal Skills

​A new online collection of comprehensive step-by-step guides covering all key areas of Job Skills, Universal Jobmatch and Universal Credit, plus a full introduction to computer basics.

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Literature, music and the arts

Freegal: free music downloads

​Northamptonshire Libraries members can download up to 3 songs per week. Millions of songs from over 28,000 record labels.

Oxford Art

​Offers access to the most authoritative, inclusive, and easily searchable online art resources available today including Grove Art Online, the Benezit Dictionary of Artists, the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, The Oxford Companion to Western Art and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms.

Oxford Music

​Gateway to multiple music reference online resources including Grove Music Online, Oxford Companion to Music, Oxford Dictionary of Music and Colin Larkin's Encyclopedia of Popular Music.

Who Else Writes Like (Home Access)

​Read everything by your favourite author? This resource suggests similar authors to try.

Who Else Writes Like (Library Access)

​Read everything by your favourite author? This resource suggests similar authors to try.

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Family history and heritage

Ancestry

​Worldwide family history resource including one billion searchable British records.

Due to licensing restrictions Ancestry can only be accessed in the library through Northamptonshire Libraries computer, internet and wi-fi access.

British Newspaper Archive

​Millions of pages from local and national newspapers dating back from the 18th Century onwards, with a searchable database.

The British Newspaper Archive can only be accessed from within the library due to licensing restrictions. You will need to register when you first use the archive, which will give access to the archive and a personal my research area.

Find My Past

​Search over 1.5 billion family history records.

Find My Past can only be accessed in the library on Northamptonshire Libraries People's Network computers due to licensing restrictions.

John Johnson Collection

​Housed in the Bodleian Library in Oxford, the John Johnson Collection is generally regarded as the most significant single collection of ephemera in the UK. 

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

​Tells the stories of 60,000 men and women who shaped Britain's past. You can discover over 2,000 years of history through the lives of famous Britons.

The Historical Guardian and Observer Digital Archive

​Digitised complete editions of the Guardian (1821 to 2003) and the Observer (1791 to 2003), with a searchable database.

Times Digital Archive

​Digitised complete editions of the Times (1785 to 2010), with a searchable database.

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Media and information technology

British Newspaper Archive

​Millions of pages from local and national newspapers dating back from the 18th Century onwards, with a searchable database

This archive can only be accessed from within the library due to licensing restrictions. You will need to register when you first use the archive, which will give access to the archive and a personal my research area.

Issues Online (Home Access)

​Articles addressing hundreds of contemporary social issues with news and views on each topic: ideal for homework topics.

Issues Online (Library Access)

​Articles addressing hundreds of contemporary social issues with news and views on each topic: ideal for homework topics.

PressReader: e-newspapers

​Free instant same day access to thousands of newspapers and magazines worldwide, including UK national daily and weekend titles through PressReader.

The Historical Guardian and Observer Digital Archive

​Digitised complete editions of the Guardian (1821 - 2003) and the Observer (1791 - 2003), with a searchable database.

Times Digital Archive

​Digitised complete editions of the Times (1785 - 2010), with a searchable database.

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Driving theory

Theory Test Pro

Theory Test Pro is a highly realistic online simulation of the UK's driving theory test. It contains the entire official test question bank, hazard perception video clips and an online version of the Highway Code.

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Citizenship

Life in the UK Test (Go Citizen)

Go Citizen is an online study resource for people preparing for the Life in the UK test or the British citizenship test. It includes an online version of the latest official study materials licensed from the Home Office, the people who write the handbook plus hundreds of practice test questions in the same format as the official test.​

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