Information and research

Access a world of information free through your library membership. 

Many of the resources listed below are available anywhere just by logging in with your library card number. You will need to put LDP00 in front of the number when you log in to all services except BorrowBox. Other resources are accessible in libraries, and you can also search the library catalogue. 

Resources available anywhere

Historical newspapers

Newsbank - Over 300 national and regional newspapers from the UK and Ireland including the Yorkshire Post and Yorkshire Evening Post. Includes current and historic copies, searchable by keyword.

Nineteenth Century British Newspapers - Explore over 2 million pages of nineteenth century British newspapers.

Times Digital Archive - Search over 200 years of The Times newspaperl.


Oxford English Dictionary - The definitive English language dictionary. 

Oxford Dictionaries All Languages - Meanings, pronunciation, or translation into another language. 

Oxford Reference Online - (Includes the Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain & Ireland) Reference resource spanning 25 different subject areas, bringing together 2 million digitized entries across Oxford University Press's Dictionaries, Companions, and Encyclopaedias. 

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography - Biographies of those who shaped Britain's past. 

Who's Who and Who was Who - Noteworthy and influential people from all walks of life. 

Encyclopaedia Britannica - One of the world's most authoritative reference encyclopaedias. 

Encyclopaedia Britannica Junior (ages 5-11) - A children's encyclopaedia specifically designed for children in primary school. 

Encyclopaedia Britannica Student (ages 12-18) - A safe and fact-checked encyclopaedia to support high school students. 

Parliamentary and Official Documents Online - A searchable archive of Parliament and Official documents. You can view material from the Westminster Parliament, Scottish Parliament, Northern Ireland Assembly, Welsh Parliament (Senedd), and non-Parliamentary material. This website provides easy to use, unlimited access to official publications. 


BIPC Leeds - Business websites and databases. 

Cobra – The complete business reference adviser. Please contact the BIPC Leeds team for more information. 

Art and music

Art Full Text - Index and full text articles on art and related topics including Art Index Retrospective. 

Oxford Art Online - Art reference library from Oxford University Press. 

Medici TV - World leading classical music channel offering access to the best of classical music. 

Naxos Music Library - Classical music available for online listening. 

Oxford Music Online - Music reference library from Oxford University Press. 

Living in the UK

Life in the UK - (The British way of life) Study resource for people new to the UK.

Road to IELTS - Preparation course for the IELTS exam, an international standardised test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers. 

Theory Test Pro - Simulation of the UK's driving theory tests for practise purposes. 

Resources available in Leeds Libraries


Access to Research - Access to academic articles on a wide range of subjects including art, architecture, business, engineering, history, languages, politics, philosophy, mathematics, and science. Not all articles are available to view under this scheme. 

Yorkshire Archaeological Journal - A review of history and archaeology in the county. Current and past copies are available. 

European Sources Online - Information on Europe and the European Union. 

Which? Extra Online - Consumer buying guides, only accessible in libraries that take the Which magazine.


Ancestry - Billions of records for family history research. 

Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society - Browse issues back to 1839. 

Music and film

BFI Screen Online - Definitive guide to British film and TV history, with analysis, information, and multimedia. Access to film and TV clips. 


British Standards Online - Access to the British Standards website.