Online resources

Our libraries offer many free online resources to members. Browse through our collection of 24/7 resources that can be accessed anywhere you can reach the internet - just log in with your library card number and pin.

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If you can't see a specific database in this guide, try Online Resources in London Public Libraries.

Art

Oxford Grove Art, the foremost scholarly art encyclopedia, updated regularly and covering global art and architecture from prehistory to present day.

Biography

Remember to use the HF prefix with your library card number when you log in on the homepage for any of these resources, for example HF28***********.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography 

An amazing collection of biographies of people who have shaped British society and history throughout the centuries.

American National Biography Online

With over 19,000 biographies of significant, influential or notorious figures from American history written by prominent scholars.

Who's Who and Who Was Who

The essential directory of the noteworthy and influential in every area of public life, published worldwide, and written by the entrants themselves. Over 100,000 people, now deceased, who were included in previous editions of Who's Who creating the definitive roll-call of British history.

 

Books and comics

eBooks, eAudiobooks and eComics

Oxford Bibliographies is an authoritative research guide contains the best features of an annotated bibliography with an encyclopaedia.

Remember to use the HF prefix with your library card number when you log in on the homepage of this resource, for example HF28***********.

Business

Cobra

Complete business reference adviser including opportunities, markets, financial and legal information.Cobra is a continually updated information resource for anyone who is running a small business or thinking of setting up a business. You will find practical information and advice such as:

  • start up business ideas and profiles
  • guides to business support in different areas of the UK
  • business legal library covers laws and regulations applicable to small businesses
  • help to write a business or marketing plan and information on conducting research into new markets
  • market synopses provide guides to trends and opportunities in a number of market sectors.

Family history

Ancestry Library Edition represents the most powerful online genealogical tool available. It includes 5 billion names in over 4,000 collections with coverage dating from 1300. Tracing your family history just got a lot easier. Ancestry Library Edition can only be accessed on a computer in one of our libraries.

Languages

Transparent Language Online 

Researched-based and experience-driven, Transparent Language Online is a language-learning program for library members which provides an effective, fun, and engaging experience for language learners of all levels. It offers unlimited access to courses in over 100+ languages.

Learning and careers

The British Way of Life

An easy to use online study resource to help new arrivals understand the British way of life. Some of the many topics covered are the different types of visa, finding a job, pre-school for children, further adult education, the communication network and so on.

GoCitizen

Online study resource for candidates preparing for the Life in the UK test or British citizenship test. It 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.

IXL maths and English practice

This is an online learning experience that provides comprehensive, curriculum-based maths and English for children in reception and up to year 13. The website is designed to keep children engaged with their learning by providing fun awards. It also provides parents/guardians with detailed reports on their children’s progress.

What you will find on IXL:

  • Unlimited unique questions - to make practising engaging
  • Adaptable skill levels - to support and encourage children
  • Fun awards - to keep children motivated
  • Detailed parent reports - so they can stay in the know.

Parents and guardians will need to sign up at your local Hammersmith & Fulham library and you will be provided with usernames andpasswords in order to be able access the site.

Theory Test Pro

Theory Test Pro has everything you need to get ready for your driving theory and hazard perception tests. Take practice tests using official questions from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), the people who set the tests.

Very Short Introductions series

Very Short Introductions are the perfect way to become an expert in a new subject, fast. With this online resource, you can search across several titles at once, consider study options, embark on a new topic, or revise a topic with ease.

Remember to use the HF prefix with your library card number when you log in on the homepage of this resource, for example HF28***********.

Music

Oxford Grove Music, the authoritative resource for music research with over 57,000 articles written by over 6,000 scholars charting the diverse history, theory and cultures of music around the globe.

Newspapers and magazines

eNewspapers and eMagazines

PressReader

With over 6,000 publications from over 100 countries in over 60 languages, PressReader is the leading digital newspaper and magazine provider for premium content. Library members can access 1000s of magazines and newspapers in libraries and on personal devices.

Read titles like the National Post, The Guardian, Washington Post, Vogue, Forbes and much more from all over the world. The new PressReader platform lets you customise your reading experience, gain international perspectives and engage with topics of interest, often online before the print edition.

  • Go to the PressReader website or download the PressReader app from your smartphone or tablet’s app store
  • Select your library from the dropdown list
  • Sign in with your library membership barcode and pin
  • Library members can access user guides, video tips and more on the PressReader Help Center website.

Note: Every 30 days, go to your account, sign out and then back in again with your library card number to reactivate complimentary access for another 30 days. You may reactivate as many times as you wish. If you are asked to pay for PressReader, do not proceed, but go to your account and sign out and then sign back in by selecting your library name and entering your card number.

Times Digital Archive

A fully searchable facsimile archive of The Times stretching all the way from 1785 to 2010.

Online resources for children

eBooks, eMagazines, eNewspapers eAudiobooks and eComics

Britannica Library Junior contains comprehensive content for primary school children aged 5-11. Whether it is frogs or physics, gardening or geography, Britannica Online Library Edition covers it all.

Issues Online provide personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) resources for teachers, students and parents. They use images, graphs, infographics, videos and glossaries to help students and teachers understand information covering a wide range of PSHE subjects, KS4 topics, lessons and social issues.

Login via 'Public Library' with your library membership barcode.

IXL maths and English practice

This is an online learning experience that provides comprehensive, curriculum-based maths and English for children in reception and up to year 13. The website is designed to keep children engaged with their learning by providing fun awards. It also provides parents/guardians with detailed reports on their children’s progress.

What you will find on IXL:

  • unlimited unique questions - to make practising engaging
  • adaptable skill levels - to support and encourage children
  • fun awards - to keep children motivated
  • detailed parent reports - so they can stay in the know.

Parents and guardians will need to sign up at your local Hammersmith & Fulham library and you will be provided with usernames andpasswords in order to be able access the site.

Quick reference and encyclopedias

Britannica Library series

Britannica Online series contains comprehensive content for everyone, from primary to secondary school students, from business professionals to curious enquirers. It offers 75,000 articles, including 23,000 biographies.

Britannica Library Adult delivers trusted information wherever you want it, wherever you need it, in new and enjoyable ways.

Britannica Library Junior contains comprehensive content for primary school children aged 5 to 11. Whether it is frogs or physics, gardening or geography, Britannica Online Library Edition covers it all.

Britannica Library Student contains comprehensive content for secondary school students aged 12 to 18. Whether it is badminton or biology, heraldry or history, Britannica Online Library Edition covers it all.

Oxford online series

Remember to use the HF prefix with your library card number when you log in on the homepage for any of these resources, for example HF28***********.

Oxford Premium Dictionaries is ideal for anyone who needs fast online access to an authoritative, comprehensive English dictionary or thesaurus, plus first-rate language resources from the world's most trusted dictionary published.

The Oxford English Dictionary is the accepted authority on the evolution of the English language over the last millennium.

Oxford Reference Online brings together 215 language and subject reference works from one of the world's biggest and most trusted reference publishers into a single cross-searchable resource.

Research

Access to Research

Access to Research gives public library users free access to a wide range of published academic research through their local library.
 
Some of the best known UK publishers have made the journal content of 8,400 academic and scientific journals (or over 1.5 million articles) available for free to public library users. Subjects span art, architecture, business, engineering, history, languages, medicine, politics, philosophy, film, religion, mathematics and the sciences. The content is ideal for students, researches and small businesses, amongst others.
 
Note: this resource can only be accessed from the library.
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