Bromley Libraries


As a Bromley Libraries member, you'll have access to a wide variety of research resources.

Whether you're studying or completing a passion project, you'll find a range of online resources for personal and academic use. From encyclopaedias to newspaper archives, explore our research tools and resources below.

New Website Support

Welcome to the new Better Libraries website.
We hope that you will enjoy exploring the new Better Libraries experience, and accessing all of your library services in one place.
Currently our website is in Beta Testing mode, this is a phase where real users access a website to help identify bugs or errors that only occur with active use. This does mean that you may encounter these issues while using our new service.
Should you discover something that doesn’t quite look right, please get in touch with our Website Support team for assistance at
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Thank you for your patience while we transition to this new service.

If you are having issues finding information during this transition period, please contact or call 020 3931 0900 for more information about library membership. If what you're looking for doesn't currently appear here, try our legacy catalogue of research tools.

Reference resources

If you're a student or are doing some independent research, these reference tools can help you find what you need.

Britannica online

As a library member, you can access the adult, junior or student edition of Britannica Online for free.

Oxford reference

Browse a range of Oxford's reference titles at your fingertips including the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Oxford dictionaries

Access digital versions of Oxford's language dictionaries in English, Spanish, French and more, plus thesaurus and usage guides.

BFI replay

BFI replay is a free archive of videos and TV programmes from the BFI National Archive. (Please note: this can only be accessed in the library.)

Historical collections

Dive into the past with our range of historical archives and ancestry tools.


Discover your family history and build a family tree with the world's largest genealogy website, free on site at your local Bromley Library.

Find My Past

Trace your ancestry and build a family tree by researching extensive birth records, census data, obituaries and more, exclusively on site at your local library.

John Johnson Collection

Access thousands of pictures and prints about daily life in Britain over the last 300 years providing an insight into society over time. Available at your local library.

Whos' Who and Who Was Who

This website is home to thousands of biographies on significant British people past and present since 1897.

Newspaper archives

Whether you're studying or researching a topic you're interested in, find what you need with these digital newspaper records.

The Times Digital Archive 1785 - 2013

 The Times of London is widely considered to be the world's 'newspaper of record'. The Times Digital Archive allows users to search over 200 years of this invaluable historical source. Type your library card number to log on.

British Newspaper Archive

Explore over 200 years of history with these digital records. Only available free in the library when using one our public computers.