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- 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.
- We regret that Ancestry, the British Newspaper Archive and Find My Past are only available on PCs within
CANS is only available on PCs within Uxbridge Library.
Library catalogues and services
Search the Library Catalogue for books, movies, music and more.
Search the directory for information about community groups, local facilities, leisure activities, health contacts and much more.
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.
Quick reference and encyclopaedia
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
Independent, unbiased reviews and advice covering a wide range of products and services including washing machines, laptops, tablet PCs, televisions, fridge freezers and vacuum cleaners reviews. Only available within Hillingdon Libraries, please ask a member of staff to log you in.
Art and music
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.
The access point for Grove Art Online, the Benezit Dictionary of Artists, and other Oxford art reference resources.
The most extensive online music library available, with Grove Music as its cornestone, also contains The Oxford Companion to Music,and The Oxford Dictionary of Music.
The national record of men and women who have shaped British history and culture, worldwide, from the Romans to the 21st century.
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
Census, births, marriages and death, passenger records, war service records. Only available within Hillingdon Libraries.
For English and Welsh records. Civil registration, census returns, military indexes, migration records. Only available within Hillingdon Libraries.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
80 languages available. Includes ESOL courses. No downloading required. Take your learning on-the-go with your Android™ and iPhone® devices.
Newspapers and magazines
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!
67 national and regional newspapers and magazines with in-depth background information on a range of contemporary issues.
The British Newspapers Archive aims to digitize up to 40 million newspaper pages from the British Library, from the 1800s right up to 1999. Filter your search by time period, region or place or publication and see how historical events were reported in their own time.
Amazing full-image online archive of every page published by The Times from 1785 to 2008.