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Your Library membership enables you to access, free, a varied range of online resources. All the titles in the first list below can be accessed from anywhere and at any time with your library card and an internet connection. Those in the second list can be used in all (or most) libraries in the City. 

So if you're preparing for a driving test, learning a language or tracing your family history this is the place to be.

Important Note: The links to these resources work best when viewed in Internet Explorer. To successfully connect in other browsers such as Mozilla Firefox, Chrome, Opera and Safari it is best to use the the highlighted link.


NEW Music Resources!


The most comprehensive collections of classical music available online. With tracks and albums to stream online, study information, resources and guided tours, there's something for everyone with  Naxos Music




Love Jazz music? Then try out Naxos Jazz -one of the most comprehensive collections of Jazz music online.  Naxos Jazz





  Freegal- with access to millions of tracks from over 25000 labels, library members 12+ can now download and stream music for free with their library card. From retro classics to the latest hits, there's something for everyone with Freegal.

 Parental guidance advised for 12 to 16 year olds as tracks may contain explicit content.


A to Z of Remotely Accessible Resources 

To access your chosen resource, click on the logo or the highlighted title. You will be requested to enter your library card number. Enter the full number as it appears on the card (if using an Accord Card please remember to omit the last two digits).


Find the online training you need with Atomic Training, containing informative tutorials on how to get the most from your computer software.






a wonderful quirky online educational resource  for children aged 3 - 6. Filled with fun, humourous characters and lively colourful settings, children will love playing these fun educational games.




Britannica Junior A2Z
Britannica Junior for Children.


Britannica Student A2Z
Britannica Student for Young People and Students.

  Britannica Online A2Z
Encyclopaedia Britannica


Britannica ImageQuest
Britannica ImageQuest offers thousands of images to use as part of projects, homework etc.

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Access Cobra - The Complete Business Reference Advisor - free of charge in libraries or remotely via your library membership or in any of our libraries over 4000 factsheets, market reports and sources of funding and support plus hundreds of practical guides to starting up over 350 types of businesses.


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The Library's eMagazine service offers full digital copies of your favourite magazines for free from your computer, smartphone or tablet.

Go Citizen Go Citizen for the UK Test is a study resource for candidates preparing for the Life in the UK or UK Citizenship test.

Grid Club


Grid Club is a children's website offering educational resources, games, quizzes and activities based round curricular areas. Aimed mainly at 7-11 year olds, there are also some activities for 5-7s and 11+.




Illustrated London News A2Z Illustrated London News An Archive of the world's first illustrated weekly newspaper from its debut in 1842 until 2003.
Enter number then choose from list.


Issues Online


  Issues Online provides a safe, reliable place to explore today's most important social issues. It contains hundreds of articles, infographics, videos, assignment ideas and eBooks on topics ranging from human rights and domestic violence to drugs and alcohol.


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John Johnson Collection provides a unique insight into everyday life in eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth century Britain through digitised printed ephemera. Topics within the collection include nineteenth-century entertainment, the booktrade, popular prints, crimes, murders and executions, and advertising.


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 Kompass EasyBusiness is a premium business resource containing information on over 4.5 million companies.



BL 19th. Century Newspapers A2Z

19th. Century British Library Newspapers offers a selection of titles from around the British Isles which includes the Aberdeen Journal

  Overdriev A2Z
The Overdrive Digital Library allows library members to download eBooks and Audiobooks. Need your PIN? Submit a  form and we will respond as soon as possible within working hours. 

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Oxford Bibliographies offers exclusive, authoritative research guides to Victorian and British and Irish Literature. It is perfect for highlighting key topics and points which can be used for further in depth research.


Oxford Dictionaries

With its up-to-date online dictionaries, thesauruses and language reference content, Oxford Dictionaries Pro is an extensive English language resource, offering quick search access to definitions of words, phrases, and idioms.


Oxford English Dictionary

The Oxford English Dictionary is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. Find the meaning, history and pronunciation of over 600,000 English words - past and present.


Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography is an illustrated collection of more than 57,000 specially written biographies of the men and women from around the world who shaped all aspects of Britain's past.


Oxford Art Online

Oxford Art Online is an authoritative resource detailing the world of art and artists. Incorporating Grove Art, as well as Benezit Dictionary of Artists, users can browse articles on a wide range of subjects, including history, styles and biographies.


Oxford Music Online

Oxford Music Online offer users the chance to explore Grove Music and many other works to discover detail on the music industry; including record labels, performers and the many different genres of music from early roots to the modern era.


Oxford Reference Online

Oxford Reference Online is a collection of reference works which includes encyclopedias, subject dictionaries and language dictionaries from the publishing stable of Oxford University Press.



Very Short Introductions Logo Oxford Very Short Introductions offers users the chance to read a selection of the popular series of books "Very Short Introductions" online. So whether it is mathematics, nutrition, British politics or contemporary art this resource like the books is the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly …



Rocksbackpages Rocks BackPages The archive covers all genres of popular music from the 1950s to the present: from Abba to Zappa and Aaliyah to ZZ Top. There are currently over 25,000 articles on the Rock's Back Pages website. These feature over four-and a-half thousand artists and range from album and concert reviews to interviews and features. The articles are full text and the database includes an advanced search option.


  Scotsman Archive A2Z

Scotsman Archive & UK Newsstand Offers every edition of the Scotsman from 1817 to 1950. Enter card number and log in, then click on "News" and choose Scotsman.


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SCRAN is an award-winning learning website with over 360,000 images, videos and sounds from museums, galleries and archives. It covers a wide range of subjects including local history, architecture, fashion and much more.


Silver City Vault  

Silver City Vault houses Images and Records of Aberdeen.  


Theory Test Pto A2Z

Theory Test Pro enables you to try a realistic online simulation of the UK Driving Theory Test. Log on to set up your free personal account.  




Transparent Language Online Free online language learning with over 90  different languages to choose from.


UK Newsstand

Scotsman Archive & UK Newsstand A selection of newspapers from the UK and Ireland. Enter card number and log in, then click on "News" and choose UK Newsstand. Newspapers from the UK and Ireland.


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UK Press Online offers a wide range of historic newspapers, including access to the Daily Express from 1900 to the present. 

Who's Who A2Z  

Who's Who & Who Was Who from 1898 to date.



The following resources are available in libraries only


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Access To Research allows users to browse thousands of academic articles on a variety of subjects from within any Aberdeen City Library.

Ancestry.Com A2Z

Ancestry Library Edition is a premier family history resource containing details of millions of ancestors worldwide.


  British Standards Online

 Access to British Standards Online (BSOL) including full text of over 60,000 British, adopted European and International Standards is available free of charge in all our library service points. For help and assistance, please ask any member of staff.

Find My Past logo Find My Past is a family history resource available in Central and all Community Libraries.


British Newspaper Archive logo

The British Newspaper Archive contains millions of pages of historical news content, including both the Aberdeen Journal (1798 - 1950) and Evening Express (1879 - 1954). Accessing the resource is free within libraries, but users will need to register on the website first.


 TotalPatent™ by LexisNexis. contains details of published patent specifications from over 100 patent authorities worldwide including the full text of documents from 30 authorities. Access to TotalPatent™ is free of charge. Please ask any member of staff for assistance.

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Magazines and online access available in the Central Library, and in Airyhall, Bridge of Don, Bucksburn, Cornhill, Culter, Cults, Dyce, Ferryhill and Kincorth Community Libraries.  


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