Online resources

Coronavirus (COVID-19): change to service

Following advice from the government regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we have started to reopen our libraries safely, see the latest Library service information

See further information about changes to services.


Keep in touch with BCP libraries - email enquiries@bournemouthlibraries.org.uk; follow @BCPLibraries twitter and Facebook

Enjoy free online resources www.bournemouth.gov.uk/cyberlibrary

Also if you have a Libraries West membership card (e.g. Poole, Christchurch, Highcliffe, Dorset libraries) look on www.librarieswest.org.uk web pages for more information. 

Learn about the past with our online databases

Our libraries give you free access to the following online resources:

  • Ancestry Library Edition –You can see UK Censuses from 1841 to 1911. There’s also birth, marriage and death indexes from 1837 to 2004, WW1 Military records and Immigration and Emigration lists.

You can also search our online database for WW2 archives.

Useful links

Dorset History Centre

Hampshire Records Office