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Access computers at your local library
Access the internet, brush up on your IT skills or learn how to code from scratch on computers at your local library. You can also sign up for a wide range of IT courses for a small fee. Computers and WiFi are both free to use but you may have to book a slot first. Find out what's available at a Better library near you below.
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Enjoy free internet access to help with your studies or research, for checking your email or simply for surfing the web. You can also use our computers for writing letters, preparing a CV or having a look at your holiday photos.
Business skills, jobs and skills
You can also use the computers at your local library to browse a number of online reference tools, including:
- Jobs and careers - find a job to suit you and careers advice online using Career Active. You can also get business advice via Cobra (The Complete Business Reference Adviser).
- Theory test pro - the full bank of official questions, Highway Code and hazard perception clips (licensed by the DSA), so you pass your theory test first time.
- Universal skills - everything you need to know about Universal Credit processes and payments, Universal Job match and Basic IT skills.
Get your child excited about reading and find authors they may like by using Who Next…? Available on the library computers, writers of children’s fiction are listed with suggestions of other authors who write in a similar way, together with key book and series titles.
If you are looking to apply to become a British citizen, help is at hand online at your local library, including access to:
- The British Way of Life - The British Way of Life is an easy to use, comprehensive program to help new arrivals understand the British way of life
- Go Citizen - GoCitizen is an online study resource licensed from the Home Office for anyone preparing for the Life in the UK test.
- Life in Great Britain - Help and guidance on the UK Citizenship test.
Study with reliable information via Britannica online at your local library, which is made accessible for all ages. You'll find the following:
- Adult edition - provides a wide range of information from a reliable and authoritative source. In-depth coverage provides the full text of over 75,000 articles and news headlines. Vivid graphics and sound bring many of the articles to life.
- Junior edition - designed for children aged 5-10 years old Britannica Junior has lively and accessible information on a wide range of topics
- Student edition - designed for secondary school students up to the age of 16 but useful for everyone. Provides access to more than 15,000 articles.
- Issues online - useful articles summarising over sixty topics for school projects and general interest giving key facts, key statistics, lobby group links, newspaper archives, reference sites and research guides.
Access the following news information online for free at your local library:
- Newsbank - What the papers say about topics of interest.
- The Times Digital Archive - The Times from 1785 to 2012
Oxford reference resources
Find information on a range of subjects at your fingers tips with help from the following:
- American National Biography Online - get access to biographies of over 19,000 people who have shaped American history and culture
- John Johnson Collection - view thousands of pictures and prints about daily life in Britain over the past 300 years.
- Oxford Bibliographies - a route to the most accurate and reliable resources for a variety of academic topics.
- Oxford Dictionary of National Biography - biographies of the people who shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond.
- Oxford Dictionaries - Oxford's English language dictionary, thesaurus and usage guides.
- Oxford English Dictionary - guide to the meaning, history and pronunciation of 600,000 words past and present.
- Oxford Reference - A range of Oxford's reference titles searchable via a single search.
- Who's who - information on significant British people past and present since 1897.
- Very short introductions - hundreds of very short introductions on dozens of subjects.
Search for the latest information and resources on the Coronavirus at your local library:
- Oxford University Press - find learning resources now made freely available for a limited time.
- Oxford Medical Online - search online resources and leading journals made freely available
- British Medical Journal - Coronavirus Hub - updated daily
- British Medical Journal - Best Practice - BMJ Best Practice pages made freely available for a limited time.
- Public Health England - track coronavirus cases: dashboard and datasets to track the development of the pandemic in England
- Worldometer coronavirus tracker - live data on reported cases and deaths worldwide
- World Health Organisation - Covid-19 myth-busting page