Follow the link to each website below, then enter your Swindon library card number into the login box and/or follow the instructions. You can also follow our blog which has additional information and resources for all ages and is constantly updated.

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.

Ancestry: Wiltshire Parish Registers and Wills    

The Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre are now able to offer Swindon Library members free home access to their set of 6.8 million records on Ancestry.

These records are:

  • Wiltshire parish registers (baptisms, marriages and burials 1538-1916) and Wiltshire Wills & Probates (1530-1858)
  • Wiltshire Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1916
  • Wiltshire Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1916
  • Wiltshire Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812
  • Wiltshire Wills and Probates, 1530-1858
  • Wiltshire Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1813-1916

Search and create your free guest pass using the link below.

Remember that this free “lockdown” access is temporary and only applies to the above records. Any further access requires paid membership.

If you have any questions, email the local studies team:

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

Free on-site access to this vast repository of family history records through our public computers at core libraries.

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.

Oxford English Dictionary

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

Oxford Open Access Journals

Oxford University Press has made content from online resources and leading journals freely accessible.

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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