Adult online reference shelf

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Business

  • The Gazette company profiles
    Free, easy to search official information about every UK company registered with Companies House.
  • Naturally talented me.
    A free to use website to help people to find jobs, work, and career opportunities by matching their talents and skills as defined by their hobbies and interests to jobs in Surrey.

Living and learning

  • Theory Test Pro available from Monday 1 April
    Theory Test Pro is a highly 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. Access to Theory Test Pro is completely free for residents who call in to any of the Surrey Libraries. Members of Surrey Libraries can also access Theory Test Pro from outside the libraries using their library card number.
    How to sign up for Theory Test Pro: When you first use Theory Test Pro, you will need to register with your name, email address and password. If you sign up from home or anywhere else outside of the library, you will also need a valid library barcode number, available on your library card. Sign up for Theory Test Pro.
  • Go Citizen available from Monday 1 April
    GoCitizen.co.uk is an online study resource for candidates preparing for the Life in the UK Test or British citizenship test. Access to GoCitizen.co.uk is completely free for residents who call in to any of the Surrey Libraries. Members of Surrey Libraries can also access GoCitizen.co.uk from outside the libraries using their library card number.
    How to sign up for GoCitizen: When you first use GoCitizen.co.uk, you will need to register with your name, email address and password. There is no charge for this. If you sign up from home or anywhere else outside of the library, you will also need a valid library barcode number, available on your library card. Sign up for Go Citizen.
  • Which? magazine
    Surrey libraries have a login for Which? that can be used on computers. Staff will log you in.
  • Surrey Energy advice tool
    The online tool will help you by asking a series of short questions and depending on the answers will offer tailored information on grants, support and advice, and non-financial help on a range of topics.

Arts and music

  • 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.
  • British Film Institute (BFI) Replay (access only available from a public computer in any Surrey library)
    From the British Film Institute, BFI Replay is a brand new video online platform. A 'living digital archive' from the BFI, designed to give you access to thousands of newly digitised programmes and films; spanning 50 years of life captured from videotapes across the 20th century and almost lost forever.

Newspapers, magazines and journals

  • Access to Research (access only available from a public computer in any Surrey library)
    Over 6,000 publicly funded scientific research journals available for anyone to read in the library. You can book a computer online if you wish.
  • British Newspaper Archive (access only available from a public computer in any Surrey library)
    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. You can book a computer online if you wish.
  • 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.
  • Which? magazine (access only available from a public computer in any Surrey library)
    Surrey libraries have a login for Which? that can be used on computers. Staff will log you in. You can book a computer online if you wish.

People and history

  • Ancestry (access only available from a public computer in any Surrey library)
    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. You can book a computer online if you wish.
  • Find My Past (access only available from a public computer in any Surrey library)
    A family history and genealogy website with a 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. You can book a computer online if you wish.

Reference

  • John Johnson Collection (access only available from a public computer in any Surrey library)
    The John Johnson Collection of printed ephemera from the Bodleian Library offers unique insights into the changing nature of everyday life in Britain. You can book a computer online if you wish.
  • Oxford English Dictionary
    Prefix your borrower number with SURREY. Widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language, the Oxford English Dictionary is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words.

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