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Online services

Online services are available to all users in our libraries.

Anyone who has a Lewisham library card can also use most of our online services remotely.

To gain access simply follow the links below and enter your library card number when prompted.

Access to Research
Access a wide range of published academic research covering many different subject areas including medicine, art, history and the sciences.

Ancestry Library
Search for your ancestors on the library edition of Ancestry.com. All the UK censuses from 1841 to 1911, plus births, marriages and deaths. Available in all Lewisham Libraries only.

The complete business reference adviser (COBRA)

COBRA is a free and extensive resource that’s perfect for anyone starting a business or running a small business.

Credo Reference 
Credo is a giant online reference library that provides you with access to a selection of 504 reference books. It includes encyclopaedias, dictionaries, thesauri and books of quotations, not to mention a range of subject-specific titles covering everything from art to accountancy and literature to law.

Encyclopaedia Britannica
This is the online version of the famous encyclopaedia, with a world atlas, timelines, comparative country data, international news feeds, and much more. Also available is the Britannica Library Junior aimed at age group 5 to 10 and the Britannica Library Student aimed at age group 10 to 14.

Issues Online
A comprehensive reference source addressing contemporary social issues. With 60 topics to choose from, Issues Online provides a wide range of information including: articles with news and views on each topic, key facts, key statistics, lobby group links, newspaper archives, reference sites, research guides plus assignment/debate suggestions. There are a variety of opinions available on each topic.

John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera
This collection provides access to thousands of items selected from the John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera, offering unique insights into the changing nature of everyday life in Britain in the eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Categories include Nineteenth-Century Entertainment, the Booktrade, Popular Prints, Crimes, Murders and Executions, and Advertising.

One fully searchable database of 176 UK newspapers and news magazines, covering local, regional and national news.

Oxford Art Online
The most comprehensive online reference resource for all aspects of the visual arts worldwide from prehistory to the present day.

Oxford Dictionaries With up-to-date online dictionaries, thesauruses, and language reference content based on the largest language research programme in the world,Oxford Dictionaries is an extensive, integrated, smart-linked English language resource. It 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.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
The Oxford DNB contains 50,000 biographies of people who shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond, from the earliest times to the year 2004.

Oxford English Dictionary
The OED is widely acknowledged to be the most authoritative and comprehensive dictionary of English in the world. It also traces the evolution of more than 600,000 words over the last 1,500 years through 2.5 million quotations from a wide range of sources: from classic literature and periodicals to film scripts and pop songs.

Oxford Music Online
Instant access to the world's premier authority on all aspects of music

Oxford Reference Online
Oxford Reference Online: Premium Collection is a vast online reference library of over 212 titles available 24x7. It combines in-depth content offered by titles in the acclaimed Oxford Companions series with authoritative, quick-reference coverage of the full subject range.

Gale newspaper archives

Times Digital Archive 1785 to 2007
First published in 1785, The Times of London is widely considered to be the world's 'newspaper of record'. The Times Digital Archive allows users to search over 200 years of this invaluable historical source.

Illustrated London News Historical Archive 1842 to 2003 
With its debut in 1842 the Illustrated London News became the world's first illustrated weekly newspaper, sparking a revolution in journalism and news reporting. The publication presented a vivid picture of British and world events including news of war, disasters, royalty, social affairs, the arts and science. Containing over 260,000 full colour pages, fully searchable and browseable, the ILN Historical Archive 1842-2003 provides users with unprecedented access to the entire run of this unique historical record.

19th Century British Library Newspapers
Contains full runs of influential national and regional newspapers representing different political and cultural segments of the 19th century British society. 


Library Service

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Email: libraries@lewisham.gov.uk