Access Your Library from Home!

While you may not be able to visit the library at the moment, we have lots of resources available to access from home from our eResources and if you aren’t already a member of Swindon Libraries you can take advantage of our Digital Membership and start using these services today;

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Borrowbox

BorrowBox allows you to access e-books and audio books from the comfort of your own home.

With hundreds of titles to choose from and all for free, find out how to register with your library card here.

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RBdigital

RBdigital offers our readers an amazing choice of digital content to read on your Kindle Fire, laptop, tablet or smart phone.

  • a choice of 100 magazines to subscribe to
  • thousands of newspapers from 100 countries in 60 languages
  • a collection of 1200 comics and graphic novels

Find out how to register here.

Ancestry: Wiltshire Parish Registers and Wills

Our colleagues at the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre are currently able to offer our library members FREE home access to their set of 6.8 million records on Ancestry.

These records are:

  • Wiltshire parish registers (baptisms, marriages and burials 1538-1916) and Wiltshire Wills & Probates (1530-1858)
  • Wiltshire Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1916
  • Wiltshire Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1916
  • Wiltshire Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812
  • Wiltshire Wills and Probates, 1530-1858
  • Wiltshire Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1813-1916

This free ‘lockdown’ access is temporary and only applies to the above records. Any further access requires paid membership.

Any queries, please contact the local studies team: localstudies@swindon.gov.uk

British Pathe

British Pathe has a collection of around 85,000 films spanning the years from 1896 to 1976; the collection includes footage from around the globe of major events, famous faces, fashion trends, travel, science and culture.

Dictionary of National Biography

The Dictionary of National Biography contains
55,000 biographies of the men and women who have shaped Britain’s history.  To sign in, type in the letters SWI followed by your Swindon library card number.

Go Citizen

Go Citizen is an online study resource for candidates preparing for the Life in the UK test or the British citizenship test.

Local Studies History Gallery

In collaboration with the people of Swindon and local history enthusiasts, Swindon Central Library has produced a substantial online library of historical photographs. See our gallery.

Oxford English Dictionary

Oxford English Dictionary is the most famous dictionary in the world. To sign in type the letters SWI followed by your Swindon library card number.

Oxford Open Access Journals

As part of our response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic across the world, Oxford University Press has made content from online resources and leading journals freely accessible here

Oxford Research Encyclopaedias

Discover comprehensive collections of in-depth, peer-reviewed summaries on an ever-growing range of topics. To sign in type the letters SWI followed by your Swindon library card number.

OUP Learn at Home

Online resources and activities to help teachers, parents and students get the most out of learning at home. Find out more here.

Road to IELTS

Develop the skills you need to succeed in the International English Language Testing System. The academic version is for university entrance; the general training version is for employment and citizenship.
Academic Version website

Theory Test Pro

Online simulation of the UK driving theory test, including the entire official question bank from the DSA. You will need to sign up with your name, email address and library card number.

The Times Digital Archive

The best-known and most cited newspaper in the world. Every complete page of every issue of The Times from 1785 to 2013