ONLINE SERVICES AVAILABLE ANYWHERE IF YOU HAVE A LIBRARY CARD FOR USE IN THE BRADFORD DISTRICT - you may need to put an r at the START of your library card number when signing in to some of these services
E-books & E-Audiobooks
To access these, you first need to install the "BorrowBox" App. How to do this is shown on the BorrowBox setup guide page.
E-books links to the "All Releases" catalogue on the Bradford Library Network, hundreds of titles are available. You're allowed to download up to 4 E-books per person.
E-audiobooks - links to the "All Releases" catalogue on the Bradford Library Network. Make your selection & download. You're allowed to download upto 2 E-audiobooks per person
Access UK and Ireland local newspaper articles.
Papers include: Wharfedale Observer (including content from Ilkley Gazette), Bradford Telegraph and Argus, Craven Herald and Pioneer, Keighley News.
Nineteenth Century Newspapers
Explore over 2 million pages of nineteenth century British Library newspapers. All text fully searchable with keywords.
COBRA - People the world over dream of setting up their own business and working for themselves but are often overwhelmed by the prospect. COBRA contains around 4000 factsheets, market reports, contacts, and sources of funding and support to help entrepreneurs plus hundreds of practical guides to starting up more than 350 different types of business.
Go Citizen For people preparing for the Life in the UK test or British citizenship test. This site includes an online version of the latest official study materials licensed from the Home Office, plus hundreds of practice test questions in the same format as the official test. (Email address needed to register)
Theory Test Pro Practice the Driving Theory Test and Hazard Perception Test online in the library or from home with your library card. (Email address needed to register)
Dictionaries, Bibliographies and Biographies
The Oxford English Dictionary is the accepted authority on the evolution of the English language over the last millennium. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words, both present and past. It traces the usage of words through 2.5 million quotations from a wide range of international English language sources, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to film scripts and cookery books.
Oxford Bibliography of British and Irish Literature As a key part of Western literary and cultural history, British and Irish literature encompasses a massive range of periods, authors, and works that make it one of the most active fields in academia today.
Oxford Bibliography of Victorian Literature The Victorian period is often regarded as a high point in literary history, generating a wealth of material that is still regarded as canonical as well as a diverse range of literary genres. This period, which encompasses the reign of Queen Victoria from 1837 to 1901, produced a large number of prominent authors such as Charles Dickens, the Brontë sisters, and Oscar Wilde, and witnessed a huge expansion in the literary market (partly because of the rise in literacy).
The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography is an illustrated collection of more than 50,000 specially written biographies of the men and women from around the world who shaped all aspects of Britain's past.
American National Biography Over 19,000 biographies of significant, influential or notorious figures from American history written by prominent scholars.
Who's Who and Who was Who Over 35,000 autobiographical entries of noteworthy and influential people who impact British life. Includes Who Was Who with over 94,000 entries for deceased people.
Rock's Backpages is the biggest online database of pop music writing in the world. It is a unique resource unavailable elsewhere online. The database contains an ever-expanding collection of primary-source, full-text music writing. Sourced from the pages of the music and mainstream press, it is a library of articles (reviews, interviews, features and more) from the early '60s up to present day and includes a growing collection of exclusive audio interviews.
Access this resource on any device with an internet connection via your library card. * Note if your library card number starts with an 8, you will need to prefix your library card number with an "R" when logging in, eg the library card number 831245324 should be entered as R831245324.