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Online Library

Find encyclopedias, dictionaries, newspapers, magazines, DVDs, talking books, games and more in our 24/7 online library.

To access the services below, click on the icon and then enter your library card number (in full with no spaces; if your card starts with 0, add the prefix 20112) when prompted. 

Library catalogues and services

Hillingdon Library catalogue : This link opens in a new window

Search the Library Catalogue for books, movies, music and more.

Renew your library loans and reserve materials. 

Free informal online training

Universal Class

There's something for everyone, with over 500 courses including Cookery, Entrepreneurship, Self help, Yoga, Digital Photography, Computer Basics, Accounting and Arts. 

Whether you want to learn for fun, improve your skills or explore a hobby, Universal Class is a powerful new online resource, available 24/7 and with qualified instructors offering guidance and support. 

One you've registered, you can get started straight away! 

Find out more  or Access now

eAudio Books

OneClickdigital : This link opens in a new window

Over 250 free bestselling audiobooks for you to download to your computer or device for up to three weeks. This service is compatible with most MP3 and WMA devices.  Apps for iPads, iPhones and Android devices are also available. 
You can download up to ten titles at a time and keep them for up to three weeks. Loans automatically expire at the end of the loan period so there are no fines and, as each title has unlimited availability, there are no waiting lists! You will need to create an account and download OneClickdigital Media Manager to access the books. 

Quick reference and encyclopaedia

Britannica Online Junior : This link opens in a new window

Designed for young and enquiring minds, this lively fun and content rich area is sure to encourage their thirst for knowledge, all in a safe online environment.

Britannic Online Student : This link opens in a new window

Written and visually designed for ages 12-18, it provides curriculum-mapped content for secondary school students. it is packed with pictures, detailed diagrams, and engaging text with additional research tools. 

Britannica Online Library Edition : This link opens in a new window

Fast and easy access to high-quality information. Contains: Encyclopædia Britannica, Britannica Book of the Year, Britannica Concise, Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary & Thesaurus and many other research tools.


A complete legal resource for anyone with a question about the rights and responsibilities associated with living, working or engaging in life in Britain. Only available within Uxbridge Library

Credo : This link opens in a new window

The ideal starting point for research on any subject. With more than 125 highly regarded titles from over 80 publishers: reference books, dictionaries, encyclopaedias, thesauri, quotations, atlases and much more.

Oxford English Dictionary : This link opens in a new window

The unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words- past and present-from across the English-speaking world, also a crossword solvers' dream!

Oxford Reference Online : This link opens in a new window

The home of Oxford's quality reference publishing, bringing together over 2 million entries, providing unrivalled coverage of everything from art to accountancy, politics to physics, and computing to classics.

Which : This link opens in a new window

Independent, unbiased reviews and advice covering a wide range of products and services including washing machines, laptops, tablet PCs, televisionsfridge freezers and vacuum cleaners reviews. Only available within Hillingdon Libraries, please ask a member of staff to log you in.
Note:Which Services, offering tailored one-to-one advice from their range of legal, financial, travel and technology experts, are NOT accessible/available via our subscription as they require individual personal details and a personal subscription.  These include, but are not limited to, Help Lines, Help Desk, personal Mortgage and Money advice, Which? Local, and Which? Legal.

Art and music

The John Johnson Collection : This link opens in a new window

How they lived then... Thousands of items of printed ephemera, including advertisements, entertainment posters and playbills as well as contemporary pamphlets from crimes, murders and executions.

Oxford Art Online : This link opens in a new window

The access point for Grove Art Online, the Benezit Dictionary of Artists, and other Oxford art reference resources.

Oxford Music Online : This link opens in a new window

The most extensive online music library available, with Grove Music as its cornerstone, also contains The Oxford Companion to Music,and The Oxford Dictionary of Music.


Oxford Dictionary of National Biography : This link opens in a new window

The national record of men and women who have shaped British history and culture, worldwide, from the Romans to the 21st century. 

Who's Who : This link opens in a new window

The leading source of information about over 33,000 influential people from all walks of life, worldwide who have an impact on British life, plus Who Was Who: 90,000 entries from the archives of Who's Who dating back to 1897.

Local and family history

Ancestry : This link opens in a new window

Census, births, marriages and death, passenger records, war service records. Only available within Hillingdon Libraries.

Heritage Builds Bridges : This link opens in a new window

This site, created by Hillingdon Local Studies and Brunel University, includes a catalogue of Hillingdon's archive, photographic and museum collections, advice on using archives for local and family history, and educational resources for schools and students. 


First Steps : This link opens in a new window

The "take nothing for granted" approach leads learners step-by-step from holding and using the mouse to typing and on to essential computer tasks like managing files. In addition to English, First Steps is now available in Arabic, Bengali, Polish, Urdu and Somali. 

GoCitizen : This link opens in a new window

Study resource for the Life in the UK test or British Citizenship test, with an online version of the latest official study materials, plus hundreds of practice test questions in the same format as the official test.

Life in the Great Britain : This link opens in a new window

Prepare for the British Citizenship test. Life in Britain contains the text of chapters 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 of "Life in the UK - A journey into Citizenship". Speech, an informative glossary, various tests and complete assessments.

Theory Test Pro : This link opens in a new window

Practice online for your driving theory test, with full access to all the licensed DSA test material: full test question bank, hazard perception video clips and online Highway Code.

Transparent languages : This link opens in a new window

80 languages available. Includes ESOL courses. No downloading required. Take your learning on-the-go with your Android™ and iPhone® devices.

Newspapers and magazines

Library Press Display : This link opens in a new window

Get today's newspapers: popular publications from the UK and all around the world and in a variety of languages.

As well as the current issues there is also a backfile of up to three months for each paper.  Unlike other online newspaper resources Library Press Display feels almost like reading an actual newspaper with pages that turn when you click the corners, the text written as it is in the paper, all the pictures included (as are all the sections of the paper) - and all this in colour too!

UK Newsstand : This link opens in a new window

67 national and regional newspapers and magazines with in-depth background information on a range of contemporary issues.  

The Times Digital Archives : This link opens in a new window

Amazing full-image online archive of every page published by The Times from 1785 to 2008.

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