e-reference

We provide free access to some online resources. You will need to join a library to access most of them:

Consumer information

You can access Which? website in BallaterBanchoryEllonPortlethen and Turriff libraries as well as library headquarters in Oldmeldrum. You will need to ask a staff member to log you in. View other consumer information web resources.

Biographies

You can access our biography resources by signing in with your library number and PIN.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography lists biographies of notable UK people who have shaped British history and culture.

Who's Who and Who was Who are biographies of noteworthy and influential people who have or have had an impact on British life.

View biography web resources not requiring library login.

Dictionaries

You can access our dictionary resources by signing in with your library number and PIN.

Oxford Dictionaries offers online dictionaries, thesauruses and grammar guides.

Oxford English Dictionary includes meanings and the history of more than 60,000 words. It is a definitive record of the English language. You can sign in at the top of the page.

View dictionary web resources not requiring library login.

Driving theory test

We offer access to Theory Test Pro which is a simulation of the UK's car, HGV, PCV and motorcycle driving theory tests.

To use this resource you will need to sign up and create a login. You will need to provide your library number when signing up. You also need to provide it if you sign in from home, but not at the library.

View driving web resources not requiring library login.

Encyclopedias

You can access our encyclopedia resources by signing with your library number and PIN.

Britannica offers resources for different ages:

World Book offers an age appropriate online encyclopedia with articles, images, audio and video.

We also provide encyclopedia web resources not requiring library login.

Family history

Ancestry Library Edition offers genealogical resources including censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents. You can access Ancestry Library Edition only in our libraries. It's not available to access at home.

ScotlandsPeople offers Scottish genealogical records. You need to register with them and pay to view the records. It is available to access from a library or at home without a library login. You can buy credits directly from the ScotlandsPeople website or a voucher from most libraries and the Local Studies Department. We have various vouchers available with a discount price (while stocks last). You don't need a library membership to buy a voucher. 

There are also family history web resources not requiring library login.

General knowledge

Oxford Reference includes key titles in Oxford Companions and Oxford Dictionaries series and illustrated natural history titles such as Encyclopedia of Mammals. To sign in, use your library number and PIN.

Literature

Oxford Bibliographies offers research guides on British and Irish Literature and Victorian Literature. You can sign in with your library number and PIN.

Newspapers and journals

Access to Research offers over ten million academic articles and research on subjects including art, architecture, business, engineering, history, languages, politics, philosophy, mathematics and the sciences. You can only visit Access to Research in our libraries. It is not available to access from home.

British Newspapers Archive offers an archive of digitised British and Irish newspapers from 1710 to 1955, including Aberdeen, Banffshire and Stonehaven Journals. You need to register in order to obtain free access. You can only access British Newspapers Archive in our libraries. It is not available to access from home.

Fraserburgh Herald archives offer searchable archives of the newspaper from 1884 to 1920. You can access the resources from our libraries and at home. No login is required.

Newsbank allows you to search and browse current and archived news articles from UK national and Scottish newspapers. You can access Newsbank:

View other newspaper and magazine resources not requiring library login.

Scottish culture

Scran offers quality images, sounds, movies and learning resources representing Scottish culture and history. Sign in using your library number. You can access Scran:

  • in a library (choose the library you are at from the drop down list and you will be automatically logged in)
  • from home (choose Aberdeenshire Council and sign in with your library number)

You can also view more history web resources not requiring library login.

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