Online information resources
All library members have free access to these quality information databases from home. All you need is your borrower number from your library card. If you are not yet a library member find out how to join.
Additional databases are available from your local library
The online information websites you can use from home are listed below.
Use the following links to learn about the sites. To login in to each site you need to type DCC followed by your library card number, which can be found on your library card, b_line or Gold card.
The only exception to this is the Britannica website, just use your library card number for this site.
Search the complete catalogue of British Standards and view in full text.
Cobra − business information
A business encyclopaedia covering all aspects of starting and running a business from how to employ staff and market your business to business profiles on running a retail service to starting a gardening business. It also includes an extensive business legal Library.
The world's most trusted source of information online. Enjoy instant access to every topic imaginable in over 120,000 articles, a world atlas, thousands of images and videos, a dictionary and thesaurus, and a guide to the web's best sites.
An online study resource for candidates preparing for the Life in the UK test or British citizenship test.
Grove Art Online
The largest encyclopedia of the visual arts from prehistory to the present day. Students, artists, art lovers − this is for you.
Grove Music Online
Music and musicians from jazz to opera, all aspects of music, its history and performance. Hear it as well as read about it!
Guardian and Observer Newspaper Archive
Archives for two well known national newspapers - search by keyword to help you with your family history, research or homework.
Access to 10 national newspapers from 1985 to the present and 50 journals and periodicals. The Times Newspaper Archive 1785 to 1985 is also included as well as a collection of 19th century British newspapers held by the British Library. It also includes the Derby Mercury, the county's most important newspaper for the period. The Burney Collection, these newspapers and news pamphlets represent the largest single collection of 17th and 18th century English news media.
The UK's first comprehensive reference source with articles addressing contemporary social issues.
Life in Britain
An essential guide for those wanting to apply for British citizenship or settlement.
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
More than 50,000 biographies of people who shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond, from the earliest times to the year 2002.
Oxford English Dictionary
The very last word on the English language. It contains the meaning, history and pronunciation of over half a million words.
Oxford Language Dictionaries Online
Fully searchable, completely comprehensive bilingual dictionaries, and unique study materials that provide extra help with learning in French, Spanish, German and Italian.
Oxford Reference Online
A world of information; over 100 dictionary, language, and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press.
Theory Test Pro
A simulation of the UK's driving theory test. It contains the entire official test question bank, hazard perception video clips and the Highway Code. All this material is licensed from the Driving Standards Agency.
Who Else Writes Like…?
Find new authors to read based on those you already enjoy.
Who's Who and Who was Who
Search for information about famous and influential people of today and from the past, going back to 1898.
Contains over 25,000 articles and 27,500 illustrations, photos and charts, as well as a dictionary and interactive atlas.
You can also reserve and renew your library books, CDs and DVDs online using our online Library Catalogue.