We provide free access to online resources that can help you with your general knowledge, business, homework and research.
All our eResources are available from work or home with your Glasgow Library card unless otherwise stated.
Art and Music
Freegal Music is a free music service from Glasgow Libraries. All you need is your library card number and PIN. Freegal offers access to over 11 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalogue of legendary artists. In total the collection is comprised of music from over 28,000+ labels with music that originates in over 80 countries. There is no software to download, and there are no digital rights management (DRM) restrictions.
Our Oxford Reference resource contains a number of art related titles such as: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists and A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art.
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (ODNB) contains biographies of British artists and designers, for example those from the Pre-Raphaelite period such as John Everett Millais and Dante Gabriel Rossetti.
Business and Funding
We provide free access to online resources that can help you with your business plan, create marketing lists, research your market or chosen industry or source intellectual property information and funding. See also our Industry Guides in the Help Guide section. As well as our range of online resources we have events and workshops where our experts can give you further information and advice. For more information see our Business & Intellectual Property Centre Glasgow webpages.
Are you thinking about changing your career or being your own boss? Get started by using COBRA (Complete Business Reference Adviser). Find business and career ideas, research your target market or explore different business sectors, get help to write your business plan and understand how to apply your skills.
FAME is the definitive source of private company information in the UK and Ireland. Find out more about potential employers, business opportunities or create targeted marketing lists. Read only version available within all Glasgow Libraries. Downloadable version available at The Mitchell Library.
Market Research resource IBISWorld is the UK’s most comprehensive collection of Industry Market Research and Industry Risk Ratings. Analysis of hundreds of industries including risk scores & revenue forecasts. UK Brexit Impact statements also available. Available within all Glasgow Libraries. Video tutorials are available to guide you through the reports.
BSOL (British Standards Onine) provides full access to British and adopted European and International standards. Standards determine the goods we consume and the services we are provided with, from the safety of products to quality management procedures
Law & Business
Law & Business is an online portal of summaries of British legislation relating to setting up, growing or managing a business in Britain. Also includes information on business finance and business support across the regions.
Funds Online Search for grant givers who provide funding for individuals or groups and increase your fundraising success. Available in the Mitchell Library (General Services Department)
Prepare for the Life in the UK Test/British Citizenship test or find summaries of UK legislation in a user frendly format.
GoCitizen.co.uk includes an online version of the latest official study materials licensed from the Home Office, the people who write the handbook, plus hundreds of practice test questions in the same format as the official test.
When you first use GoCitizen.co.uk, you will need to register with your name, email address and password. This allows you to save your test scores so you can follow your progress as you practise for the test.
Law & Rights
Law & Rights is a searchable online hub of summaries of British legislation in a user friendly format. Learn your rights on Employment, Family Law, Housing, Immigration and Social Security
Family and Local History
We can help you discover information and learn skills to help you trace your family history. As well as our range of online resources we have events and courses where we can give you advice. For more information see our Family History website.
Bringing together billions of historical records, millions of family trees, and millions of enthusiastic family researchers, Ancestry is the world’s largest online family history resource and the best place to build a family tree, find new ancestors, and share discoveries with family. Available within all Glasgow Libraries.
Scran hosts thousands of amazing, fully-captioned images, sounds and videos - all related to Scotland and its history - from museums, galleries, and archives including the V&A, National Galleries of Scotland, Glasgow Museums and The Scotsman. Available at the Mitchell Library and Bridgeton Library.
Findmypast makes original historical documents available to search online, so you can explore a collection of records and historical newspapers to find your ancestors and trace your family tree. Available within all Glasgow Libraries.
Fancy a trip down memory lane? Our Virtual Mitchell site will bring Glasgow's past to life and is a great place to start researching local history in Glasgow and surrounding areas. There are thousands of photographs featuring Glasgow's buildings and streets as well as people going about their daily lives.
Homework Help & General Reference
Explore encyclopaedias and dictionaries. Check facts, quotations and historical biographies.
Oxford Dictionaries is an easy to use resource for quick definitions, quizzes, spelling and grammar tips.
Oxford English Dictionary
Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is the authoritative English language dictionary. As well as finding present-day meanings in the OED, you will also find the history of individual words, and of the language—traced through 3 million quotations, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to film scripts and cookery books.
Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain & Ireland
This dictionary is the ultimate reference work on family names of the UK, covering English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish, Cornish, and immigrant surnames. It includes every surname that currently has more than 100 bearers, and those that had more than 20 bearers in the 1881 census.
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (ODNB) is a collection of over 60,000 biographies of significant, influential or notorious figures who shaped British history.
Oxford Reference is the premier online reference product, spanning 25 different subject areas, bringing together 2 million digitized entries across Oxford University Press’s Dictionaries, Companions and Encyclopedias.
Language and Literature
Gale Literature Resource Center
When it comes to literature topics and literary research, finding the most diverse, evidence-based perspectives on any given author is important.GALE Literature Resource Center provides exactly that. In addition to critical analysis, primary sources, and detailed work overviews, this database brings together in-depth biographical, bibliographical, and contextual information. There are more than 165,000 complete entries from popular literature series, including two award-winning series, Contemporary Authors and Dictionary of Literary Biography.
Learn to Drive
Practice your driving theory test for free.
Theory Test Pro
Theory Test Pro is a realistic online simulation of the UK's driving theory test. It contains the official practice test question bank, hazard perception video clips and an online version of the Highway Code. All this material is licensed from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), the people who set the tests.
When you first use Theory Test Pro, you will need to register with your name, email address and password. This allows you to save your test scores so you can follow your progress as you practise for the test.
Newspapers and Magazines
Access current and historical newspapers and magazines
British Newspaper Archive
The British Newspaper Archive provides access to hundreds of historic newspapers from all over Britain and Ireland. Available within all Glasgow Libraries.
19th Century British Library Newspapers
19th Century British Library Newspapers is a collection of 48 UK titles giving a detailed view of life in 19th century Britain. Scottish titles include; The Glasgow Herald, Aberdeen Journal, Dundee Courier and Caledonian Mercury.
Proquest is an aggregated database containing national, international and historical (The Scotsman,1817-1950) newspaper titles, magazines, reports, trade journals, academic journals, wire feeds.
Product reviews from smartphones to juice blenders and everything in between. Which? Also offers independent advice on a whole range of consumer topics. Available from the Mitchell Library and selected Glasgow Libraries. Ask a member of staff for details..
Access to Research
Access many of the world’s best academic papers from leading publishers who have made their journal content available for free. Access to Research gives access to over 15 million academic articles in participating public libraries across the UK. Subjects include art, architecture, business, engineering, history, languages, politics, philosophy, mathematics and the sciences.
Proquest contains trade as well as academic journals and reports to facilitate your research.
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