CyberLibrary - eResources

Free eResources that can't be found anywhere else online

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If you have a Bournemouth Libraries card, you can use our CyberLibrary. These are free electronic resources that can’t be found anywhere else on the Internet. All available 24 hours a day. If you have a question why not email a librarian?

If you don't have a library card, join the library to get one. It's quick and easy to do. 

CyberLibrary Resources (Arranged by Subject)

Jump to Books and eBooks,| HomeworkLanguages, Family History, News, Reference and dictionaries, Research, Open Access


Books - eAudio and eBooks

We have a huebookge range of eAudiobooks that you can listen to at home,  or on the go. Why not try one if you are going on a long journey?

eAudiobooks in a library

You can now read free eBooks on your device or online from Bournemouth Libraries.

eBook Help




kompasKompass Easybusiness

Information on global industrial and commercial companies.

Kompass in a library The full service includes financial information. Available in any Bournemouth library.

Kompass at home. A more limited service from home with your Bournemouth library card. 


  Kompass Easybusiness User-Guide



Children's  CyberLibrary and Teen CyberLibrary give you homework advice, career advice and tell you more about your favourite authors.

Issues Online

Find out facts and figures for homework with Issues Online. High quality articles on today's social issues.

The complete collection of the Issues books is now available online. There are over 50 titles to help you.

Oxford Reference Online

Reliable information on every subject, from Oxford University Press. Oxford Reference Online 


Language Courses

Languages-onlineLanguages Online

Learn one of a range of over a hundred languages, from Afrikaans to Zulu.  Learn on the website or on your device with Languages Online the online language course from Bournemouth Libraries

Available for Free, have a look a the list of languages you can learn here.



Family HistoryAncestry Library Edition

AncestryInformation on family history including census records, military records births   marriages and deaths, military records and more. Only available in a Bournemouth library.



Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Biographies of notable Britons.



 Read the latest magazines on your tablet, phone or devicezinio magazines for reading on computers or tablets

Update: we now have more than 40 Zinio titles available for you to read. 

You can access  Zinio magazines for free with your library card.  Find out more or browse magazines in your Zinio Magazine Collection.





NewsBank- online Newspapers


Newsbank in libraries

Newsbank at home

Articles from local, national and international newspapers.


400 years of content. Search 48 regional and national newspapers.

Times Digital Archive

The complete digital edition of The Times, from 1785 - 1985 (London). 

British Library 19th Century Newspapers

See local newspapers held by The British Library. This includes "The Morning Chronicle", "The Bristol Mercury" and "The Southampton Herald"


Reference, Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Naxos Music Library

Listen to music online, and find information on music and musicians.

Oxford Art Online

Art encyclopedia, with an image library.

Oxford Dictionaries guide to modern language use

Oxford Dictionaries - English

A  modern dictionary and guide to today’s language.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biographies

Biographies of famous Britons.

Oxford English Dictionary

A guide to the meaning, history and pronunciation of English words past and  present.

Oxford Reference

Information from 200 Oxford University Press reference titles.

Oxford Music

Online Music encyclopedia

Which? Online

The online version of the popular consumer magazine series. Can only be accessed in Bournemouth library and Castlepoint Library

Oxford Bibliographies

You can now access Oxford Bibliographies in Victorian Literature and British and Irish Literature for free logging in with your library card.

Every article on Oxford Bibliographies is a respected guide to current thinking in that area, written and reviewed by experts, and with original commentary and annotations.

The Victorian Literature module includes annotated bibliographies on over 100 topics including Gender, Charles Dickens, Race, and more.  In the British and Irish Literature module you’ll find over 100 bibliographies, including topics such as Arthurian Literature, John Keats, and Christopher Marlowe.

Click on the images below to start exploring.

Oxford Bibliographies in Victorian Literature
Oxford Bibliographies in Victorian Literature
British and Irish Literature

Oxford Bibliographies in British & Irish Literature

Watch the video guide to learn more


Very Short Introductions

Very Short Introductions (VSI) is the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly, combining facts, analysis, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make often challenging topics highly readable.

For the first time, these books are available online on an exciting digital platform.

Very Short Introductions will change the way you think about the things that interest you, and are the perfect route into subjects you previously knew nothing about.

You can access ten Very Short Introductions titles: Twentieth Century Britain, British Politics, Drugs, Contemporary Art, History, Management, Mathematics, Nutrition, The Earth, and Planets


Access to Research  Over 10 million academic articles are available, free of charge, in public libraries. Students and independent researchers can now access many of the world’s best academic papers through their local libraries.

Access to Research is in library use only.

Open Access Resources

Academic and research resources

Agris Database - Agricultural Science & Technology

Arxiv  - 1,122,073 e-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics

BiOne -  Biological, Ecological and Environmental Sciences

EThOS  - PHD Theses

Cogprints  - Self-archive papers in any area of Psychology, Neuroscience and Linguistics and many areas of Computer Science, Biology, Medicine and Anthropology, as well as physical, social and mathematical sciences pertinent to the study of cognition.

DASH  Harvard Open-access repository of research. Scholarly articles, theses and dissertations, papers, and reports authored by Harvard faculty and students

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) -  Online directory of high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.

Catalog of U.S. Government Publications CGP

Index New Zealand  -  National Library of New Zealand

Luna Commons   -  Open Access source of images for educational and public use

OAIster - Open Access digital resources

Oapen  - Humanities and Social Sciences eBooks

SciTech Connect - Access to energy related R&D

Bournemouth University Research Online, BURO - Bournemouth University research outputs

European Union Open Data Portal -  Integrated access to public data from EU institutions and agencies

NDltd - Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations

Social Science Open Access Repository  -  Full text social science documents

SwePub -   Academic publications at Swedish universities. Scholarly articles, conference papers and dissertations

Scientific Electronic Library Online - Humanities and Social Sciences eBooks

Hathi Trust Digital Library -  multi-disciplinary e-books

EU Bookshop -  EU Publications

World Affairs Online -  Social Sciences

Science Direct -  multi-disciplinary journals

PubMed Central  - free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine

Project Gutenberg -   eBooks and eAudio

 *DOAB - Directory of Open Access Books

SpringerOpen -  Multidisciplinary eBooks

InTech -  Science & Technology e-books


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