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Research 24/7 Research 24/7

Need some help with your homework or tracing your family history? Need to check the spelling of a word, source a quotation or consult an encyclopaedia? Or find an article that's been published? Or maybe you need support with a start-up or new business. Help is at hand.

If you are a member of Glasgow Libraries you can access our online resources from The Mitchell or your Local Library. You can also use many of them from home or work by entering your library card number. If you're not already a member, join online and you can get access straight away.

All our online resources are available from work or home with your Glasgow Library card unless otherwise stated.

NEW Resource - FAME NEW Resource - FAME


FAME is our new financial and company information online resource. FAME offers access to UK & Ireland data, public, private and unincorporated companies, active & inactive companies and be able to view 20 years of financial data & view trends. It will allow you to find out more about potential employers, check out competitors in your field or create targeted marketing lists.

Citywide access to FAME is available, read only, within all Glasgow Libraries with a downloadable version accessible within the Mitchell Library. 

Arts and Music Arts 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.

Click here to start enjoying this service.

Click here to open the user guide.


Current music journals and magazines can be found via Proquest and RBdigital

Business and Funding Business and Funding


Business start-up, Marketing lists, Market Research, Intellectual Property, Legislation. FAME is available in all Glasgow Libraries. Cobra and BSOL are also available from work or home. 


Market Research resource IBISWorld is the UK’s
most comprehensive collection of Industry Market Research
and Industry Risk Ratings. Video tutorials are available to guide
you through the reports.


More Business resources and information
available via our Business webpages


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


Search for grant givers who provide funding for Funds Onlineindividuals or groups and increase your fundraising success.

Available in the Mitchell Library (General Services Department)

Citizenship Citizenship is an online study resource for candidates preparing for the Life in the UK Test or British citizenship test. The service 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, 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.

Access to is completely free within any Glasgow Library and can also be accessed from home with a Glasgow Library card.

Family and Local History Family and Local History


Ancestry brings your family's past to life; census, immigration records, births, death and marriages.

Available in all Glasgow Libraries. For more information see our Family History website

ScranExplore our cultural heritage with Scottish images and media from museums, galleries, archives and media organisations via Scran. Available in The Mitchell.


Findmypast is the best place to discover your family’s story, with over 8 billion records and over 11 million historical newspaper pages to explore.

Homework Help & General Reference Homework Help & General Reference

Encyclopaedias, Dictionaries and Research. Check facts, quotations, historical biographies and academic research papers


Access to Research       Oxford English Dictionary     Oxford reference Online
Oxford Dictionary of Biography   


Language and Literature Language and Literature

GALE Literature Resource Center GALE Literature Resource Center provides biographical entries, author portraits, critical essays, reviews, overviews of frequently studied works, and thousands of full-text poems, short stories, and plays using powerful search methods. Ideal for students and teachers alike.




Newspapers and Magazines Newspapers and Magazines

Access hundreds of historic newspapers from all over Britain and Ireland with British Newspaper Archive





RBdigital eMagazines is a great service which lets you read digital copies of your favourite magazines for FREE! Check out magazines through the Glasgow Libraries RBdigital page.

You can access RBdigital using the mobile Apps for Apple, Android and Kindle Fire or through a media player on your PC.

You can login using your library card number and PIN

Instructions for using RBdigital can be found here using the App or browser guides


Which? Product reviews from smart phones

to juice blenders and everything in between, Which? Also offers independent advice on a whole range of consumer topics. Available from the Mitchell only.
Theory Test Pro 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.

Theory Test Pro

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.

Access to Theory Test Pro is completely free within any Glasgow Library and can also be accessed from home with a Glasgow Library card.

Try Theory Test Pro