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Follow the link to each website, then enter your Swindon library card number into the login box and/or follow the instructions.

Access to Research

Discover a world of published academic research at your local library with over 10 million academic articles available. Accessible from core library PC's only.


Start searching billions of records and discover your family's story. Accessible from core library PC's only.

British Newspaper Archive

The British Newspaper Archive is a partnership between the British Library and Brightsolid online publishing to digitise up to 40 million newspaper pages. Search millions of articles by keyword, name, location, date or title. Accessible from core library PC's only.

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

55,000 biographies of the men and women who have shaped Britain’s history. Type in the letters SWI followed by your Swindon library card number.

Find my Past Community Edition

Search or browse over 750 million family history records, including the 1911 census.

We are pleased to offer you access to Find My Past from the comfort of your own home. Normally only available from a library pc you can now access this key resource for online genealogy on your own pc or device.  Please email us at quoting your library card number and we will send you details of how to log in.

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.

Medici TV

A reference catalogue of over 3,500 musical works filmed from the 1940’s through to the present day and 2,000 films including concert, documentaries, operas, ballets and master classes in High Definition.

Click on the Log In button on the top right-hand corner of the page.  Select Swindon Libraries from the first box ' Which institution are you from?' Enter library card number in the box to the right.

Oxford English Dictionary

The most famous dictionary in the world. Type in the letters SWI followed by your Swindon library card number.

Oxford Reference

Discover good quality authoritative information on every subject. Type in the letters SWI followed by your Swindon library card number.

Oxford Research Encyclopaedias

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

Road to IELTS

Develop the skills you need to succeed in the International English Language Testing System. The academic version is for university entrance. 

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

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