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

You can hold membership cards for both Libraries West and Bournemouth Libraries.

Temporary Home Access to Ancestry

Library members can access Ancestry Online from home until 30th June  2021. To do this go to the Library Catalogue Account page and login with your library card. A link to Ancestry will then appear, and you can search through thousands of records at home.

Temporary Library Membership

You can access e books, e audio books & e magazines, even if you're not currently a library member. Use the online form, fill in your details, selecting a 4 digit PIN number, then click on Register. You will then get a temporary membership number. Make a note of this. Then go back to the Library webpages and use this number and your PIN to register.

NB. If you live in Bournemouth just select any Poole library from the drop down list of locations.



This is CyberLibrary, home of Bournemouth Libraries' electronic resources.

Reference, Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

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Encyclopedia Britannica Library Edition is an easy to use, trusted source of information available in three levels: Junior, Student and Level

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography : Over 60,000 biographies, 72 million words, 11,000 portraits of significant or notorious figures who shaped British history.


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.

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


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


British Newspaper Archive

The British Newspaper Archive is a project to digitise up to 40 million pages from the British Library's newspapers. Search millions of articles.

Sign up for an account and enjoy free access. Available only in Libraries.


NewsBank provides a comprehensive collection of reliable news sources covering a wide array of topics and issues.

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