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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).

Britannica Junior A2Z
Britannica Junior for Children


Britannica Student A2Z
Britannica Student for Young People and Students.

Britannica Online A2Z
Encyclopaedia Britannica

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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. .

Exodus square

Exodus from Careers Europe is a guide to working and studying in Europe and worldwide.


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.

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.  

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 PIN Request form and we will respond as soon as possible within working hours.

Oxford Dictionaries Pro A2Z Oxford Dictionaries Pro includes  Thesauruses and resources on definitions, style and usage.

ODNB A2Z The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography has over 57,000 biographies of the Men and Women from around the world who were influential in shaping Britain's past.

OED A2Z Oxford English Dictionary Renowned Dictionary of the English language. Click on "Sign In" then enter card number in "Library Card Number". (if using an Accord Card omit the last two digits).

Oxford Reference A2Z Oxford Reference Online is a  collection of Reference works from Oxford University Press. 

  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. 

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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.  

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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.


Tell Me More    Tell Me More offers online language learning  


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.

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.

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.


World Book Web World Book Encyclopaedia is offered in 3 versions; Kids, Student and Advanced. It can also be viewed in French and Spanish versions. 


Please see 'eMagazines' 


Resources Available Within Libraries

Ancestry.Com A2Z

Family History resource available in Central and all Community Libraries. 

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Find My Past is a family history resource available in Central and all Community Libraries. Please note that unfortunately British Newspapers along with records from Ireland, USA, Australia and New Zealand are not included in the library subscription.

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

Mint UK 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.

Other Online Resources in Central Library 

  • CANS  [Consumer Advice]
  • Company Giving  [Grants and Funding]
  • Gazetteers  [Consumer Advice]
  • Grants for Individuals  [Grants and Funding]
  • SCRAN  [Children & Young People; Family History and Learn Online]
  • SpecialistInfo [Health]


Further descriptions of these and all our Online Resources can be found within the category listings in the column to the right. 

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