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Research resources: Lincolnshire Libraries

Whether you're doing research for an essay or working on a passion project, find out about our reference resources below.

Journals and publications

Discover our collection of academic journals and online publications. As a library member, you can access these resources for free at home or at your library.

Digital reference resources

Whatever topic you're interested in, you can access reliable information from a range of encyclopedias and dictionaries online.

Newspaper records

Interested in history? As a library member, you can access microfilm and digital archives of newspapers, magazines and more.

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Local and family history in Lincolnshire

Want to take a trip down memory lane? Discover our local and family history resources and dive into the past.

All of our libraries have a selection of local history books for loan. Lending copies of local history books can be reserved online through our catalogue and collected from any Lincolnshire library.

Lincoln Central Library holds the major local studies reference collection for the County of Lincolnshire. A number of our larger libraries also have Local Studies resources covering the history of their local area for reference use. An overview of sites’ holdings can be found on their Facilities and Services page.

You can also access online resources such as the below for free on the public computers in our libraries.

Lincolnshire library members can access the UK's largest family history site for free. (Please note: this can only be accessed in the library.)

Find My Past
On this site, all library members can access records, including UK BMDs, Maritime BMDs, Merchant Navy Records, England & Wales censuses.

Who's who and who was who?
This website is home to thousands of biographies and you can find information on significant British people past and present since 1897.
Browse all local and family history resources

Skill development courses at Lincolnshire Libraries

From IT support to career development, discover our skill courses, classes and resources.


The Complete Business Reference Adviser is an online hub with all the information you need on starting and running a business.

Go Citizen

This online study resource is license by the Home Office and can help you prepare and practice for the Life in the UK test.

Career active

This free resource for library members is full of brilliant tips and videos on CVs application forms and interviews.

Theory Test Pro

Pass your theory test first time! This online resource includes the full bank of official questions, Highway Code and hazard perception clips.

What our members say

"I can't thank our local library enough for the fantastic career resources they offer! From up-to-date books to online courses, I found everything I needed for my professional growth."

Timothy Biggs
Library member

"A massive shoutout to our local library for the awesome UK citizenship test practice resources! The study materials and practice exams were a game-changer, and the librarians made the whole process a breeze."

Maria Barnes
Library member

"Hats off to our amazing local library for the goldmine of resources on local and family history! Our library is a true treasure trove for anyone exploring their history- couldn't be more grateful!"

Rachel Ebbs
Library member