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Online information resources

Find good quality, reliable information in the library or at home, for free.

You can log in to all our online resources from home using your library card number, unless stated otherwise. If you are not a member, find out how to join.

Access to research (academic journals)

Access to Research gives free online access to over 10 million journal articles from more than 6,000 academic journals covering arts, humanities and sciences.

You can search and preview from home, but reading the full article and printing (one copy only) is only available using a library public computer. This is for non-commercial use and private study.

Encyclopaedias and help with homework

Britannica Adult (ages 14 and up) - the full encyclopaedia plus journals, statistics, videos and more.

Britannica Student (ages 11 to 14)

Britannica Junior (ages 6 to 10)

Issues Online - reports, key facts and statistics on topical issues.

Family history

Instant access to a wide range of resources for searching your family history including birth, marriage and death records, UK censuses 1841 to 1911, military records, town and trade directories, school records, passenger lists and more.

Ancestry Library Edition - usually only available using a library public computer (Family Tree Maker is not available). However, while our libraries are closed, library members can access Ancestry from home. Go the Libraries catalogue, then select My Account and enter your library card and PIN to find a link at the top of the page for accessing Ancestry at home.

Find my Past - when libraries open, this service is only available using a library public computer (living relatives is not available).
However, while our libraries are closed, library members are allowed free access at home. We ask that members use the ‘make an enquiry' form at the bottom of this page to request free access, quoting “Find My Past access from home”.

Credo - a guide to aid your genealogical research.

Biography and history

Queen Victoria’s Journals - detailed diaries and drawings from 1832 until her death in 1901.

European Newsstream - using a library public computer - full text access to over 430 archived, searchable European and UK national and regional newspapers, newswires and journals from the 1990s to the present day.

European Newsstream - at home - full text access to over 430 archived, searchable European and UK national and regional newspapers, newswires and journals from the 1990s to the present day.

Credo - First World War - guide to the First World War.

Times Digital Archive 1785 to 1985 - fully searchable, with photos, cartoons, sports results, personal notices and adverts.

Newspapers and magazines

European Newsstream - using a library public computer - full text access to over 430 archived, searchable European and UK national and regional newspapers, newswires and journals from the 1990s to the present day. You can set up email alerts for your favourite topics.

European Newsstream - at home - full text access to over 430 archived, searchable European and UK national and regional newspapers, newswires and journals from the 1990s to the present day.

Times Digital Archive 1785 to 1985 - fully searchable, with photos, cartoons, sports results, personal notices and adverts.

Consumer and legal information

Driving theory test practice

Theory Test Pro - pass your test first time with this online simulation of the UK's driving theory tests for cars, motorcycles, large goods vehicles, and passenger carrying vehicles. It contains the entire official test question bank, hazard perception video clips and online version of the Highway Code.

You must first sign up with your email address and a name and password, which you need to use every time to log in. Previous sessions are saved so you can follow your progress as you practise for the test. Test questions can be translated into over 40 different languages and are speech-enabled.

Which? Online

Consumer magazine with test results, recommendations and advice.

Which? Online is available at the following libraries:

  • Bracknell
  • Crowthorne
  • Sandhurst

Click on the 'Which Online?' link on the library computer's desktop.

Tablet tutorials

Getting started with your tablet

e-newspapers and e-magazines

We provide free access to thousands of digital magazines and e-newspapers on your PC, tablet or smartphone using PressReader or RBdigital.

More information is available on our e-newspapers and e-magazines page.

Contact information

Bracknell Forest Libraries

Make an enquiry