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Online Services Online Services
With 24/7 remote access to the OPAC (Open Public Access Catalogue)* you can:
  • Search the library catalogue * - by author, title, keyword, classification number or International Standard Book Number (ISBN). Using your library borrower number and Personal Identification Number (PIN)) you can reserve books, renew your books, see any charges/fees you may have on your account
  • Join the library * - If you are not already a member, fill in the self-registration form and you will be assigned a temporary membership number, allowing you to reserve books immediately and decide which library you want to pick them up from. Take your temporary number into any library to update to permanent membership.
What does my library subscribe to online?

What does my library subscribe to online?

Free to use for all library members

24/7 remote access is available to the following subscription services.

Use your 10 digit library membership number to gain access to:

  • Encyclopedia Britannica Online:
    Three different versions of this renowned work including links to other authoritative websites and journal articles.
Encyclopedia Britannica Adults Logo
This version is aimed at adults, high school and A-Level students
Encyclopedia Britannica Student Logo
The student edition for secondary school pupils aged 12 18 years
Encyclopedia Britannica Elementary Logo
For primary school pupils aged 5 11 years

Use your 10 digit library membership number preceded by the letters REDCL to gain remote access to the Oxford University press websites, e.g. REDCL9000385762.

  • Oxford English Dictionary Oxford English Dictionary
    The full version of the Oxford English Dictionary, widely acknowledged as the most authoritative and comprehensive dictionary of English in the world. It gives the definitive record of the meaning, history and evolution of over 600,000 words over the last 1,500 years.
  • Oxford Reference Online Oxford Reference Online
    An expanding collection of dictionaries (English & European) and other reference works, including thesauruses, atlases and maps, illustrations and timelines. Its 1,000,000+ entries provide in depth content of 25 subject areas.
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
    An illustrated collection of more than 56,000 specially written biographies of the men and women from around the world who shaped all aspects of Britain's past.
    • Oxford Music Online Oxford Music Online
      This includes: the Encyclopedia of Popular Music, Oxford dictionary of Music, Grove Music online and the Oxford Companion to Music.
    • Oxford Art Online Oxford Art Online
      Contains: Grove Art Online, Oxford Companion to Western art, Encyclopedia of Aesthetics,Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms.
    Subscription services available from library computers only:

    • Ancestry Library
      Access to historical records for historians and genealogists. Includes census returns (US & UK), birth, marriage and death indexes and some parish and military records. New content is constantly being added.
    Access to the following services is by password only.

    Please ask a member of staff to log you on and please remember to log off after use.

    • Which? Extra Which? Extra
      Which? Reports in an easily searchable form giving unbiased, reliable and up-to-date consumer information.

    For more information on any of these services, please ask a member of library staff.


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