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

Academic journals online - access to research project

Access to research

Access to Research provides free, walk-in access through the UK public library network to a wide range of academic articles and research.

Subjects include art, architecture, business, engineering, history, languages, politics, philosophy, mathematics and the sciences.

Due to licensing restrictions Access to Research can only be accessed in the library through Northamptonshire Libraries computer, internet and Wi-Fi service. Please note that not all articles listed on Access to Research can be viewed for free.

Please note that downloading or saving on to portable storage devices is not permitted.

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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.

Passport (Euromonitor International)

​Passport is a global market research database providing statistics and analysis on industries, countries, consumers and companies. 

Due to licensing requirements Passport is not available through home access, and can only be used at Northampton Central Library, Kettering Library and Wellingborough Library. You may print up to 20 pages of text per session.

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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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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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Encyclopaedias and dictionaries

Issues Online

​Great homework resource, which helps students to gain a better understanding of the world around them and the issues which affect their lives.

If you are accessing this website through remote access, please enter your library card number in the 'barcode box' under the public library heading.

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

​Over 60,000 biographies of significant, influential or notorious figures who shaped British history.

If you're accessing this website remotely using a browser, please enter your library card number in the 'sign-in with your library card' box.

If you're accessing this website remotely using an Apple device, please click on sign-in and then enter your library card number in the 'sign-in with your library card' box.

If you're accessing this website remotely using an Android device, please click on the key symbol beneath browse and enter you library card number in the 'sign-in with your library card' box. 

Oxford English Dictionary

​The authoritative guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words—past and present—from across the English-speaking world.

If you are accessing the website through remote access, please click on sign-in and enter your library card in the 'library card number' box.

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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Family history and heritage

British Newspaper Archive

Explore hundreds of national, regional and local titles dating from the 1700s to 2000s. Search hundreds of millions of articles by keyword, name, location, date or title, and watch your results appear in an instant.

The British Newspaper Archive can only be accessed in the library on People's Network computers due to licensing restrictions.

You will need to register (for free) with the British Newspaper Archive from a library computer before you can use the library subscription.

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. 

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Literature, music and the arts

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.

Who Else Writes Like... ?

​Who Else Writes Like...? is recognised as a standard work to help introduce reader to novelists whose work is unfamiliar to them.

If you are accessing this website through remote access, please enter your library card number in the 'your card number' box, then choose Northamptonshire Libraries from the 'select your account' box.

Who Next... ?

​Writers of children’s fiction are listed with suggestions of other authors who write in a similar way, together with key book and series titles.

If you are accessing this website through remote access, please enter your library card number in the 'your card number' box, then choose Northamptonshire Libraries from the 'select your account' box.

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Media and information technology

PressReader: e-newspapers

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

Times Digital Archive 1785 to 2013

​The Times Digital Archive is an online, full-text facsimile of more than 200 years of the Times, one of the most highly regarded resources for eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and twentieth-century news coverage, with every page of every issue from 1785 to 2013.

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