Cyberlibrary eResources

Reference and news resources

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Temporary Home Access to Ancestry

Library members can access Ancestry Online from home until end December 2020. 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. The CyberLibrary resources use Single Sign On. You only need to sign in once with your library card. Further resources can be found using the links in the right side of this page.

Reference, Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

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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.



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

Oxford Reference

Information from 200 Oxford University Press reference titles.

Oxford Music

Oxford Music Online is the eighth edition of "Grove’s Dictionary of Music and Musicians", and contains articles commissioned specifically for the site as well as articles from "New Grove 2001", "Grove Opera", and "Grove Jazz". The recently published second editions of "The Grove Dictionary of American Music" and "The Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments" are still being put online, and new articles are added to GMO with each site update.


American National Biography Online

Over 19,000 biographies of significant, influential or notorious figures from American history.


Issues Online

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


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


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


NewsBank- online Newspapers

Newsbank in libraries

Newsbank at home

Articles from local, national and international newspapers.

Times Digital Archive

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




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.


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