Library information service and online resources

We can help with research and information on any subject, not just library related questions:


For Norfolk-based trusted information on benefits, business, citizenship, health, jobs, money and your rights, go to Information4Living. For information on these topics in the rest of the UK, go to Bookmark your Library.

Online subscriptions

Some are accessible in your local library only, some are available from any device when you log in with your library card. We’ve paid for them so you don’t have to.

From home and library computers

Contains full runs of 48 mainly regional, but some national newspapers. Covers England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Access the database from home by typing your library card number in the box below where it says 'please enter your library barcode' when asked. 19th Century British Library Newspapers

For access from home (with a library card), use these links:
Britannica Junior

Britannica Student

Britannica Adult

This free search facility serves both businesses and communities who may be looking for funding. Access Grants 4 Norfolk here.

Searchable archive of major newspapers. Access the database from home by typing your library card number in the box where it says 'password' when asked. 

Life in Great Britain will help you prepare for a UK citizenship course. The online course is based on the 'Life in the United Kingdom: A Guide for New Residents' (3rd edition) handbook published by the Home Office

  • Oxford Dictionaries - English – offers quick search access to definitions of words, phrases, and idioms, with expert guidance on style and usage, grammar, and spelling; plus specialist guides for legal and technical writing. Access Oxford Dictionaries from home using your library card. Enter NOR before the number when prompted (with no spaces).
  • Oxford English Dictionary Online – widely acknowledged as being the most authoritative and comprehensive dictionary of English in the world. Access the OED from home using your library card. Enter NOR before the number when prompted (with no spaces).
  • Oxford Reference Online – fast access to information on every subject from Art to Zoology using over 175 different reference works in one database. Access Oxford Reference Online from home by typing in your library card number when asked. Enter NOR before your number when prompted (with no spaces).
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography – An illustrated collection of 56,000 specially written biographies of the men and women who shaped all aspects of Britain's past, from the fourth century BC. The dictionary does not include any living people. Access the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography from home by typing in your library card number when asked. Enter NOR before the number when prompted (with no spaces).
  • Oxford Bibliographies is a series of intuitive and easy-to-use “ultimate reading lists”, designed to help users navigate vast seas of information. Currently covers Victorian Literature and British and Irish literature. Access these from home by typing in your library card number when asked. Enter NOR before your number when prompted (with no spaces).
  • Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland – The ultimate reference work on family names of the UK, covering English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish, Cornish, and immigrant surnames. It includes every surname that currently has more than 100 bearers, and those that had more than 20 bearers in the 1881 census. Access from home by typing in your library card number when asked. Enter NOR before your number when prompted (with no spaces).

The complete digital edition of The Times (London). Use keyword searching to retrieve full facsimile images of either a specific article or a complete page. Access the database from home by typing your library card number in the box where it says 'password' when asked.

Very Short Introductions offers concise introductions to a diverse range of subject areas. All the titles provide serious introductions to their topic written by experts in the field and the titles are cross-searchable by subject and key word. Access these from home by typing in your library card number when asked. Enter NOR before your number when prompted (with no spaces).

If you're wondering what to read next, try Who Else Writes Like...? Search for an author whose books you like, and see which other writers are recommended underneath. You can filter your search by character, series or setting, home country, or genre. You can also easily find recommendations for award winning authors, or titles suitable for young adults.

When children ask, "Who can I read next?" or "Who writes like my favourite author?", Who Next...? will let you search for some suggestions.

Full digital copies of a range of popular magazines. Titles include Amateur Photographer, New Scientist, Empire, Newsweek, The Economist and Your Family Tree.

Accessible from library computers only

Free access in any Norfolk library to academic research. Free access in any Norfolk library to academic research. More than 1.5m articles, including in-depth information on topics such as art, architecture, business, engineering, history, languages, politics, philosophy, mathematics and the sciences.

The British Newspaper Archive contains millions of pages of historical newspapers from the British Library collection searchable by keyword, name, location, date or title. Ask a member of staff for instructions on how to register.

Cobra – The complete business reference adviser.

Findmypast is a British-owned online genealogy resource, offering databases containing over 4 billion records, many of which are uniquely available online here. In addition to Civil Registration and Census records, you’ll find an ever-growing collection of UK parish records, as well as British military records relating to the Army, Royal Navy and Air Force; other useful collections include Merchant Navy Seamen’s records and the largest collection of Irish records available online. In addition, there’s a range of records from Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Canada.

The London Gazette is an online daily edition of the London Gazette which includes cross-governmental resources, which include insolvency, honours and awards. Accessible with your library card from the Norfolk & Norwich Millennium library

MINT gives access to a wide range of high quality information covering companies, news, directors and industry research.

Available at the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library only. Ask a member of staff to log you onto the site.

For information on our pay-for company listings in Excel format, contact us on askus@norfolk.gov.uk

MINTEL is a marketing tool offering expert analysis of high quality data and market research to help you grow your business. Access MINTEL in any Norfolk library.
Once through to MINTEL, click on the 'Schedule' tab, and then on 'UK' to reach the reports.

 

Which – Access to Which reports online. Ask staff to log you onto the site.