Online Information Resources

Aberdeenshire Libraries provides free access to a number of online reference resources.

Biography : Consumer Information : Dictionaries: Driving Theory Test : e-Books : Encyclopaedias : Family History: General Knowledge  : LiteratureNewspapers and Journals : Scottish Culture

All can be used on the computers in our libraries and on your own device in libraries with wi-fi. Many of these can be used from home by library members and this is indicated at the resource.


Oxford Dictionary of National Biography - biographies of notable UK people who have shaped British history 

Library access
Home access: Enter your library card number at 'Library Card Login'

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

Library access
Home access: Enter your library card number at 'Library Card Number' and click on 'Login'

Other useful biography web resources can be found in Weblinks

Consumer Information

Which Online - Which? is available in selected libraries only - Ballater, Banchory, Ellon, Library Headquarters, Portlethen and Turriff

Library access only - Ask staff to log you in

Other useful consumer information web resources can be found in Weblinks


Oxford Dictionaries - online English dictionary, thesauruses and grammar guides

Library access
Home access: Login by entering your library card number at Log in with a library card and click on Log In

Oxford English Dictionary - meanings, history or pronunciation of more than 600,000 words. A definitive record of the English language.

Library access
Home Access: Click on Sign in at the top of page and enter your library membership number in Library Card Login box

top of pageOther useful dictionary web resources can be found in Weblinks

Driving Theory Test

Theory Test Pro - simulation of the UK's car, HGV, PCV and motorcycle driving theory tests. You must sign up and create a username and password to use this resource.

Library access: Click on the 'Sign In Tab' and enter your email address and password
Home access: Click on the 'Sign In' Tab and enter your email address, your password and your library membership card number .

Other useful Driving web resources can be found in Weblinks


Dawsonera - Gain access to hundreds of study guides and past papers via our academic e-book collection.

Library and home access: Sign in using your library card number and the password: Aberdeenshire1

OUP Very Short Introductions - a selection of ten e-book titles on topics such as contemporary art, history, nutrition and politics which can be accessed from the full collection

Library and home access: Click on your chosen book and sign in using your library card number


Britannica Online - There are 3 encyclopaedias with age appropriate material from child-friendly to adult learning.

Britannica Junior for ages 5 -12
Library access
Home access

Britannica Student for ages 13-18
Library access
Home access

Encyclopaedia Britannica for ages 18
Library access
Home access

Home access: Enter your library card number at the prompt


World Book - Age appropriate online encyclopaedias with articles, images, audio and video, delivering good quality information

Library access only

top of pageOther useful encyclopedia web resources can be found in Weblinks

Family History

Ancestry Library Edition - genealogical resources including censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents

Library access only 

ScotlandsPeople - Scottish genealogical records. Access is on a pay-per-view basis. Vouchers which give discounted access are available from most libraries and the Local Studies Dept.

Library and home access Use voucher to access

Other useful family history web resources can be found in Weblinks

General Knowledge

 Oxford Reference - includes key titles in Oxford Companions and Oxford Dictionaries series and illustrated natural history titles such as Encyclopedia of Mammals.

Library access
Home access: Click on Login with your Library Card and enter your library membership top of pagecard number


Oxford Bibliographies - research guides on British and Irish Literature and Victorian Literature

Library access

Home accessSign in using your library card number

Newspapers and Journals

Access to Research - Over ten million academic articles and research on subjects including art, architecture, business, engineering, history, languages, politics, philosophy, mathematics and the sciences.

Library access only

British Newspapers Archive - 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.

Library access only

Fraserburgh Herald - searchable archives of the newspaper from 1884 to 1920

Library and home access - No login required

Newsbanksearch and browse current and archived news articles from UK national and Scottish newspapers

Library access 

Home access - Sign in using your library membership number 

top of pageOther useful newspaper and magazine resources can be found in Weblinks


Scottish Culture

Scran - quality images, sounds, movies and learning resources representing Scottish culture and history

Library access: Choose the name of the library you are at the drop down list. 
Home access: Choose Aberdeenshire Council and then enter your library card number. You will also need to type in the words displayed in the box before clicking on login.

Other useful history web resources can be found in Weblinks

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