Library online resources

Information on online resources we subscribe to, which you can use free of charge.

If you’re a library member, you can use most of these resources from home. Find out how to join the library.

We also subscribe to a range of online newspapers and magazines.

Art and Architecture Complete

For access to Art and Architecture Complete see the Art Collection pages.

eBook and eAudio

For information on this service see our eBook and eAudio page.

Driving Theory Test

This resource lets you take a mock UK driving theory test. It includes all the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency-licensed test questions, and an online version of the Highway Code.

To use this resource, you must first sign up and create a username and password.

To log in from home:

  • you’ll need your email address, password, and library card number
  • enter your library ‘Membership card barcode number’ into the box provided
  • click Log in

The old ANP library card series is no longer in use for this resource, see staff for a replacement card.

To log in from a library, you’ll need your email address and password.
Use Theory Test Pro.

Access to Research

This resource gives access to over 1.5 million academic articles and papers. You can only use the articles for personal research and study.

You can use this resource from home but will be restricted to viewing abstracts only and not the full text.

Use Access to Research.

Read the Terms and Conditions before using the resource.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

This resource gives access to the IELTS, the English language test that assesses your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.

IELTS uses a one-on-one speaking test. You’re assessed by having a conversation with a real person.

To log in from home:

  •  fill in the library membership number box with your library membership card number with no gaps
  • select Register or Login

To use this resource in a library, click Register or Login.
Use IELTS General Training
Use IELTS Academic

Naxos: free streaming music

This resource gives access to Naxos Music Library, the world’s largest classical music listening service.

To log in from home:

  • enter your Bristol library card number into the 'Enter Passcode' box 
  • click Login

The old ANP library card series is no longer in use for this resource, see staff for a replacement card.

To use on a portable device (iPad, tablet etc):

  • select Playlists, then 'Sign up'.
  • enter your details and create a 'password'.
  • select 'Register'
  • an email should arrive shortly with an 'activation' link, Click on that link.
  • click on the 'Click here' weblink.
  • download and install either the Android or Apple app for your portable device.
  • use your eMail and Password to log into Naxos.

Use Naxos.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

This resource gives access to 50,000 biographies of people who shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond, from early history to 2004.
To log in from home:

  • go to the Library card login box, enter the letters ANP followed by your complete library card number
  • select Go

Use Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Oxford English Dictionary

This resource is the authority on how English language evolved over the last millennium. It’s a guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words.

To log in from home:

  • go to the Library card login box, enter the letters ANP followed by your complete library card number
  • select Go

Use OED from a library.
Use OED from home.

Oxford Reference: over 135 reference works

This resource lets you cross-search dictionary, language and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press.

To log in from home:

  • go to the Library card login box, enter the letters ANP followed by your complete library card number
  • select Go

Use Oxford Reference Online.

The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland

To use this resource visit: Oxford Dictionary of Family Names.

To log in from home:

  • go to the Library card login box
  • enter the letters ANP followed by your complete library card number
  • select Go

Who's Who and Who Was Who: 1897 to date

This resource gives access to over 33,000 short biographies of important and influential individuals who shaped the events of their time.

Use Who's Who and Who Was Who

To log in from home:

  • go to the Library card login box, enter the letters ANP followed by your complete library card number
  • select Go

Ancestry.com

For access to Ancestry.com see our Family History page.

Business resources

For access to our business resources including MINT and Cobra see the Central Library Business Resources page.