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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. Alternatively, you may explore the resources by clicking on the categories listed to the right.

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

Not a member? Joining is easy. Find out how at Library Membership.

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.

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 omit the last two digits).

  atomic_training Atomic Training    Find the training you need with this online training package. With informational tutorials on how to get the most from your computer software.



busythings  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.



Magazine banners

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


The Employability Self Assessment tool assists job seekers in evaluating their work skills.

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 examines a huge range of topical issues including social, environmental  and ethical.  

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


Life in Great Britain

Life in Great Britain enables you to learn, practice and revise for, the British Citizenship Test.
NB. You can presently choose to use the old or new version once you have logged on.

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.

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.



Rocks BackPages  The ultimate archive of music journalism.  

  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. 

Logo for SCRAN

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.  

Times Digital Archive
The Times Digital Archive is complete from 1785 to 2007. Enter library card number then choose from list.



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.


UK Press Online logo

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

Who Else Writes Like A2Z  
Who Else Writes Like Find out who else writes like a favourite author.  

Who Next A2Z  
Who Next is a guide for children to finding similar authors to those you may have enjoyed reading..  

Who's Who A2Z  

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



Wood of Words logo

Wood of Words has now replaced Stories from the Web. This exciting new online database has lots of activities and useful information on reading, writing and  books. If you are a library member you can join using your library card number.



World Book Web  

World Book online  Choose from three versions – Kids, Student and Discover.



World Book's ebook collection includes highly illustrated, engaging titles that support a span of curriculum areas and reading levels.


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

Ancestry.Com A2Z

Family History resource available in Central and all Community Libraries. 


British Standards Online

Aberdeen City Libraries offer access to British Standards Online - bibliographic, citation and full text of over 60,000 British, adopted European and International Standards.

Access to British Standards is available from all of our library service points. For help and assistance, just speak to a 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.


Mint Logo Mint UK by Bureau Van Dijk is an excellent electronic resource providing a wealth of UK company intelligence and information for business. Mint UK is accessible free of charge in the Information Centre of the Central Library.

Which Logo

Available in the Central Library, Kincorth Customer Access Point and in Airyhall, Bridge of Don, Bucksburn, Cornhill, Culter, Cults, Dyce and Ferryhill Community Libraries.  


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