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Adult online reference shelf

We've subscribed to a range of quality information sources so you can have a reference library at home or at the library. We have also created a selection of useful websites.

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If you have trouble logging into our online products, have a look at our help page.

19th Century Newspapers

Two million pages from national and regional newspapers, covering the 19th century.

Access to Research (available in all Surrey libraries)

Over 6,000 publicly funded scientific research journals available for anyone to read in the library.

Ancestry (available in all Surrey libraries)

Search your family history using Ancestry's selection of UK censuses, parish records and many other national and international databases.

Citizens Advice Notes (Camberley, Epsom, Guildford, Redhill and Woking libraries)

Relevant and updated daily, this is a complete legal resource for anyone with a question about the rights and responsibilities associated with living, working or engaging in life in Britain.


The Complete Business Reference Advisor for those looking to start a business, write a business plan, or conduct market research.

Credo Reference

An online library providing access to a selection of reference books, including encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri and books of quotations.

Custom Journals

Access indexes and many current and historical full text articles from 100 journals including Lancet, Good Housekeeping, Popular Science, Farmers Weekly and many more.

Custom Newspapers

Access to 2,500 titles (including The Daily Telegraph, The Economist, Financial Times, The Guardian, Independent, Daily Mail, The Mirror, The Times and The Observer) in the library and from home.

Encyclopedia Britannica

Search over 118,000 articles from the Encyclopedia Britannica.

Find My Past (available in all Surrey libraries)

A family history and genealogy website with an ever-growing collection of over 560 million family history records.

Gale Vault

Use this powerful tool to cross-search 19th Century Newspapers and Times Digital Archive simultaneously.


Preparing for your Citizenship test, Surrey Libraries can help with free access to GoCitizen - the citizenship test study programme.

John Johnson Collection (available in all Surrey libraries)

The John Johnson Collection of printed ephemera from the Bodleian Library offers unique insights into the changing nature of everyday life in Britain.

Key Note (Guildford, Epsom and Woking libraries)

Leading provider of market intelligence in the UK. More information about Key Note.

MarketLine Business Information Centre (available in all Surrey libraries)

Concise economic reports on companies, industry sectors, products and countries.
More info about MarketLine.

Mint UK

Powerful business intelligence, for detailed information about companies, directors, news and industry research. You can also create mailing lists.

Naxos Music Library

Online streaming music resource containing over 35,000 CDs. We have a limited number of concurrent users so if you are unable to login, please try again later.


Search national and regional newspapers online for news events and up-to-date information.

Oxford Art Online

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Access the vast content of Grove Art Online and other Oxford art reference resources in one location.

Oxford Dictionaries

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Dictionaries and thesauruses, expert advice on style, usage, grammar, and spelling, plus specialist guides for legal and technical writing.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

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Information on over 50,000 people from around the world who have helped to shape Britain's past.

Oxford English Dictionary

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The history of the English language and its usage.

Oxford Language Dictionaries

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Look up a word or browse our foreign language dictionaries in French, German, Italian, Spanish or Chinese.

Oxford Music Online

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Access multiple resources including Grove Music Online, Oxford Music Online, The Oxford Companion to Music and the Oxford Dictionary of Music, as well as Colin Larkin's Encyclopedia of Popular Music.

Oxford Reference Online

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Dictionaries, quotations, thesauri, timelines, maps, flags and encyclopedias. Over 100 reference works for you to search!


Today's papers including the Independent, Guardian, Telegraph, Daily Mail, Daily Express. Also regional papers and newspapers from around the world.

Public Information Online

The only resource which will allow you to view UK Parliamentary, Scottish Parliamentary, Northern Ireland Assembly and Scottish Government publications in PDF format online.

Road to IELTS Academic (for university entry)

Preparation and practice for the International English Language Test.

Road to IELTS General Training (for general citizenship and training)

Preparation and practice for the International English Language Test.

Theory Test Pro

A highly realistic online simulation of the UK's driving theory test. It contains the entire official test questions licensed from the DSA.

Times Digital Archive

Contains every issue of The Times between 1785 and 2007.
View a short guided tour of Times Digital Archive (this may take a few minutes to load).

Which? magazine (available in all Surrey libraries)

Every Surrey library has a login for Which? that can be used on library computers. Staff will be pleased to log users in, but please book your computer online, in person or by phoning 0300 200 1001.

Who Else Writes Like?

Wondering what to read next? Read everything by your favourite writer? "Who Else Writes Like?" will help you find new authors.

Who Next...?

Read everything by your favourite author? This interactive tool will help parents, teachers and librarians to find alternative authors.

Who's Who and Who Was Who

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The classic directory of the noteworthy and influential, both in the UK and worldwide.

World Book Kids

Search for facts, pictures, maps and use the online dictionary in the World Book encyclopedia.


View digital copies of your favourite magazines.

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