We pay so you don’t have to!

The following subscription websites are all free to you as a library member.

provides an anchor for the link to Ancestry Library

Provides masses of information for family history researchers: Birth, Marriage & Death Records; Military; Criminal; Wills, and more. This resource is available on library PCs or library Wi-Fi, but not from home.

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Historic newspaper pages from the British Library’s vast collection. Register for a free account and away you go. This resource is available on library PCs or library Wi-Fi, but not from home.

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Provides huge amounts of information useful to family historians, including census data, the 1939 register and parish registers for England and Wales. Also includes some York specific records taken from Explore’s archives. This resource is available on library PCs or library Wi-Fi, but not from home.

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The gold standard dictionary for the English language. Use not just for word meanings but also to find out when words were first used, original spellings and usages and a fascinating “word of the day”. Use in the library, or from home with your library card number.

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This is the desert island disc of reference resources; whether you are just beginning your research or need a definitive answer to a question this is the resource for you! Use in the library, or from home with your library card number.

Anchor for link to the Which magazine website.

Whatever you are thinking of buying you can be sure that it is better to do some research on the product beforehand.  You can access the online edition of Which? Magazine on library PCs, just ask a member of staff when you visit.

anchor for link to the Access To Research website.

These resources provide free online access to 15 million + academic journal articles, from library PCs or library Wi-Fi (not from home). Be aware that the keyword search-box brings up a lot of articles which are not free to access mixed in with the ones which are free, so it can be tricky to identify the free ones that way.  Instead you may find it more straightforward to browse just the free articles alone by using the “browse all journals” link.

Above are the subscription websites which are free to you as a library member.  Please also see our other recommended websites, our e-books and our online magazines and newspapers.