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Library online learning resources

With your library card and PIN, you can also access a world of online information and learning resources - all for free.
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Online learning courses

Transparent Language Online

​Start learning a new language for free with Transparent Language Online.

Through Transparent Language Online you can:

  • enjoy  unlimited access to courses such as pronunciation, grammar and speech in over 80 languages
  • learn English at a beginner or intermediate level
  • learn to listen, speak, read and write
  • learn on the move using mobile apps for iPhone and android phones.

Universal Skills

Easy and fully comprehensive step-by-step guides to:

  • Universal Job Match - all the skills to get you started searching for a job on the Government website.
  • Employability and Job Skills
  • Universal Credit
To get started, go to the Universal Skills website and enter in your library card number.


British Citizenship test

Life in Great Britain

Life in Great Britain covers content from the Home Office’s "Life in the UK - A journey into Citizenship”.

If you are about to take your British Citizenship test, this is an ideal way for you to prepare and check if you are ready.

Content includes:

  • speech
  • informative glossary
  • other tests
  • complete assessment.

You will need your library card to sign up to the course.

Go Citizen

Go Citizen is an online study resource for candidates preparing for the British Citizenship test.

Content includes:

  • an online version of the latest official study materials licensed from the Home Office
  • hundreds of practice test questions in the same format as the official test
  • additional interactive learning resources and teaching aids.

Simply enter your library card number then create a profile using your email address.


Theory Test Pro

Theory Test Pro is a highly realistic online simulation of the UK's driving theory tests for all vehicle categories. It contains all the official test questions from the DSA tests.

To use the site you will be need to create a profile using your email address.


Newspapers and eMagazines

We have an online subscriptions to NewsBank UK & Ireland and Zinio for Libraries.

NewsBank provides full-text content of online local and regional newspapers.

Each newspaper offers a variety of viewpoints on local and world issues.

Go to the NewsBank website and log in using your library card number and pin (which you can get from your local library).

Zinio for Libraries

The world's largest newsstand offers full-colour digital magazines for immediate checkout and reading online on desktop and mobile devices or download through apps​​

COBRA - online business reference resource

COBRA (Complete Business Reference Adviser)​ is a comprehensive and continually updated online business reference resource. 


Online information resources

You can access the online information resources through the London Libraries Consortium website. Simply log in using your library card number and pin (which you can get from your local library).

Access to Research​​

Discover a world of published academic research at your local library. Access to Research gives free, walk-in access to over 15million academic articles.

American National Biography Online

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

Ancestry library

Discover your family history and build a family tree with the world's largest genealogy website. Search birth records, census data, obituaries and more. Start discovering today. 

Britannica junior - (age 5 to 11)

Britannica Junior is for primary school students. Use this resource to search or browse for information in encyclopaedias, magazines, videos, and websites.

Britannica student - (age 12 to 18)

This section is for secondary school students. Use this resource to search or browse for information in encyclopaedias, magazines, videos, and websites.

Credo reference

Credo reference includes dictionaries and encyclopaedias and materials on art, literature, history, science and business.

Encyclopaedia Britannica - (age 18 and above)

This section is for adults and students over 18. Use this resource to search or browse for information in encyclopaedias, magazines, videos, and websites.

Encyclopaedia of popular music

This encyclopaedia’s 30,000 entries cover all genres and periods of popular music from 1900 to today, including jazz, country, folk, rap, reggae, techno, musicals, and world music.

Law and Rights

A complete legal resource for anyone with a question about the rights and responsibilities associated with living, working or engaging in life in Britain. Visit the Law and Rights UK website, choose Newham from the drop down and enter your library card number.

Law and Business

Law and Business summarises statutes and statutory instruments that relate to starting, growing and operating a business in England, Scotland and Wales.

Oxford English Dictionary Online

The Oxford English Dictionary is widely acknowledged to be the most authoritative and comprehensive dictionary of English in the world.

Oxford Dictionaries Online

Oxford Dictionaries provides practical help and advice on how to use English in writing and speaking today. It focuses on current English and includes the modern meanings and uses of words.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography is an illustrated collection of more than 57,000 specially written biographies of the men and women from around the world who shaped all aspects of Britain's past.

Oxford Languages Dictionaries Online

Oxford Language Dictionaries online provides you with up-to-date translations of all the words and phrases plus a wealth of tools and resources to help you learn and use language more effectively.

Oxford Reference online premium

Oxford online: premium collection is a 24/7 online reference library.

​​​Oxford Islamic Studies Online

Features references content and commentary by renowned scholars in areas such as global Islamic history, concepts, people, practices, politics and culture and is regularly updated.

Oxford Biblical Studies Online

Easy to search and navigate, this site offers a ready t access point for a wealth of Bible text and commentary, including the New Oxford Annotated Bible and five other popular Oxford Study Bibles.
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