We pay so you don’t have to!

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

ancestry library logo
Provides masses of information for family history researchers: Birth, Marriage & Death Records; Military; Criminal; Wills, and more. Usually only available on library PCs or library wifi, but during the pandemic we can offer remote access courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry.  Please visit www.ancestrylibraryedition.co.uk/ from on site, or use this Ancestry from home link at home.  (Hint: don’t know your login?  See what is my log in).

The British Newspaper Archive logo
Historic newspaper pages from the British Library’s vast collection. Register for a free account and away you go. Usually this is only available on library PCs or library wifi, but we can offer library members access from home via a completely different website during the pandemic. Please visit www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk from on site or use this British Newspaper Archive from at home link at home. (Hint: don’t know your login?  See what is my log in).

Find My Past logo
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 wifi, but not from home.

Oxford English Dictionary logo
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.

Oxford Reference logo
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.

A Community of Scholars
A brand new resource from Oxford University Press. OUP are working with international communities of scholars across all fields of study, to develop comprehensive collections of in-depth, peer-reviewed summaries on an ever-growing range of topics. Use in the library, or from home with your library card number.

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

Access to Research logo
This resources gives free online access to 15 million + academic journal articles, from library PCs or library wifi (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 ebooks and our online magazines and newspapers.