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.

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Encyclopaedias and dictionaries

Encyclopaedia Britannica

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

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 University Press: very short introductions

​Free access to 10 e-books that are perfect for understanding a new subject quickly

Oxford University Press: very short introductions

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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 Bibliographies: British and Irish Literature

Authoritative guide to the current scholarship on British and Irish Literature with original commentary and annotations by top scholars.

Oxford Bibliographies: Victorian Literature

​Expert guide to the literature of the period including recommendations on the best sources to read for topics.

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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.

Please note: Ancestry is currently unavailable through library computers. Ancestry can be accessed in libraries by going to www.ancestrylibraryedition.co.uk on any internet enabled device using the free Wi-Fi service.

Northamptonshire Libraries apologises for any inconvenience this may cause.

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. 

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.

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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. To access articles click on log-in option, scroll down to public library and then enter your borrower number.

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.

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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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