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.

When signing in to resources marked with an asterisk, prefix your library card (membership) number with SURREY

If you have trouble logging into our online products, please contact us.


  • COBRA (only available in Surrey libraries) The Complete Business Reference Advisor has a wealth of information for businesses, potential start ups, jobseekers and students.
  • The Gazette company profiles
    Free, easy to search official information about every UK company registered with Companies House.

Living and learning

  • GoCitizen
    Preparing for your Citizenship test, Surrey Libraries can help with free access to GoCitizen, the citizenship test study programme.
  • The Gazette
    The Gazette contains the official records of: wills and probate, insolvency, awards and accreditation and company profiles. It also includes guides, industry news and other useful resources.
  • 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.
  • Which? magazine
    Surrey libraries have a login for Which? that can be used on computers. Staff will log you in.
  • Discovering Children's Books
    Explore centuries of stories, poems and illustrations with this free online resource for children, teachers and book-lovers of all ages.


  • Naxos Music Library
    Online streaming music resource containing over 170,000 CDs​. We have a limited number of concurrent users so if you are unable to login, please try again later.

Newspapers, magazines and journals

Notice: Access to Research and British Newspaper Archive are currently unavailable due to a technical problem.

  • Access to Research (only available in Surrey libraries) Over 6,000 publicly funded scientific research journals available for anyone to read in the library.
  • British Newspaper Archive (only available in Surrey libraries)
    Explore over 200 years of history, millions of stories: from your street to the world. To view images in the library you will need to register for your own free account.
  • Magazine Collection
    View digital copies of your favourite magazines.
  • PressReader
    Today's papers including the Independent, Guardian, Telegraph, Daily Mail, Daily Express. Also regional papers and newspapers from around the world. Login to access PressReader. Please select sign in (top right), select "library or group" option on the pop up box and type in Surrey, choose Surrey library from options, type in your library card number and your Pin number.
  • Times Digital Archive
    Please note: Some library members may currently be experiencing problems trying to sign in to the Times Digital Archive. We are investigating this problem and hope to find a resolution soon. We can only apologise for any inconvenience caused.
    Contains every issue of The Times between 1785 and 2010. View a short guided tour of Times Digital Archive (this may take a few minutes to load).
  • Which? magazine (only available in Surrey libraries)
    Surrey libraries have a login for Which? that can be used on computers. Staff will log you in. You can pre-book a computer online if you wish.

People and history

  • Ancestry (only available in Surrey libraries)
    Search your family history using Ancestry's selection of UK censuses, parish records and many other national and international databases. Please note that the 1921 Census is not available on Ancestry as the contract for holding this information was awarded to Find My Past.
  • Find My Past (only available in Surrey libraries) A family history and genealogy website with an ever-growing collection of over 560 million family history records. Please note that access to the 1921 Census is available initially on a pay-per-view basis only and not via our library subscription or as part of an individual's subscription. Census returns will need to be purchased via an individual account, to ensure that credit card details cannot be shared or compromised from a library account.


  • John Johnson Collection (only available in 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.
  • Oxford English Dictionary Prefix your borrower number with SURREY. Widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language, the OED is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words.