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Art and music

  • Naxos Music Library
    Online streaming music resource containing over 35,000 CDs. Where it asks you for a "Passcode" please enter your library card number. We have a limited number of concurrent users so if you are unable to login, please try again later.
  • Oxford Art Online
    * Prefix your borrower number with SURREY. Access the vast content of Grove Art Online and other Oxford art reference resources in one location.
  • Oxford Music Online
    * Prefix your borrower number with SURREY. 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.


  • Cobra
    The Complete Business Reference Advisor for those looking to start a business, write a business plan, or conduct market research. Available in Guildford Library.
  • The Gazette company profiles
    Free, easy to search official information about every UK company registered with Companies House.


Living and learning

  • Britannica Library
    A fantastic resource, packed with trusted information.
  • GoCitizen
    Preparing for your Citizenship test, Surrey Libraries can help with free access to GoCitizen - the citizenship test study programme.
  • MyWorkSearch (only available in Surrey libraries)
    MyWorkSearch gives you both job-search training and a highly effective job-search tool. Improve your CV, track relevant new vacancies and keep your JobCentre Plus adviser informed effortlessly. Sign up for MyWorkSearch in one of our libraries and you will have access to this comprehensive resource for 12 months.
  • Road to IELTS Academic
    Preparation and practice for the International English Language Test.
  • Road to IELTS General Training
    Preparation and practice for the International English Language Test.
  • 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.
  • The Great Courses Library Collection
    The Great Courses Library Collection - access 150 of the most popular courses taught by the world's top professors.
  • 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.
  • Universal Class
    Learn something new today! Create your own account to access over 500 continuing education courses online.
  • Which? magazine
    Many Surrey libraries have a login for Which? that can be used on computers in those libraries (click on the link above for a list). Staff will log you in. You can pre-book a computer online if you wish

Newspapers, magazines and journals

  • 19th Century Newspapers
    Two million pages from national and regional newspapers, covering the 19th century.
  • 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.
  • Gale Vault
    Use this powerful tool to cross-search 19th Century Newspapers and Times Digital Archive simultaneously.
  • 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.
  • Times Digital Archive
    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).

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.
  • Britannica Library
    A fantastic resource, packed with trusted information.
  • 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.
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
    * Prefix your borrower number with SURREY. Information on over 50,000 people from around the world who have helped to shape Britain's past.
  • Who's Who and Who Was Who
    * Prefix your borrower number with SURREY. The classic directory of the noteworthy and influential, both in the UK and worldwide.


  • Britannica Library
    A fantastic resource, packed with trusted information.
  • 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.