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Digital facilities and resources

Your library membership gives you access to a wide range of digital facilities and resources, from free computer and internet access, to online books, audiobooks and magazines. Support and advice to help you to improve your digital skills is also available at a number of library branches.

Electronic books, audiobooks and magazines

Bath & North East Somerset library members can download any of the e-Books, e-Audiobooks and e-Magazines held by LibrariesWest free of charge.

e-Book service: Cloud Library

You can access our new Cloud Library e-Book service free of charge, by visiting the Cloud Library website or by downloading the free Cloud Library app (for iOS, Android and Kindle Fire). To log on, please enter your library card number and PIN. 

Find e-Books 

e-Audiobook service: BorrowBox

You can access our new BorrowBox e-Audiobook service free of charge direct from the BorrowBox website or by downloading the free BorrowBox app (for iOS, Android and Kindle Fire). To log on, please enter your library card number and PIN. 

Find e-Audiobooks 

e-Magazines: Overdrive

All library members across LibrariesWest can now access a free e-Magazine service using their computer, tablet or smartphone.

The titles are unabridged, interactive and in full colour, and include some one-off publications, as well as subscription titles.

To access this free service, you will need to create an account on the Libby website. You can also download the free Libby app (for iOS and Android.

Find e-Magazines

More details are available on the LibrariesWest website.

e-Comics: Overdrive

All library members across LibrariesWest can now access a free e-Comic service using their computer, tablet or smartphone.

The titles are unabridged, interactive and in full colour, one-off publications, as well as subscription titles. Library members can access an unlimited number of titles, suitable for all age ranges.

To access this free service, you will need to create an account on the Libby website. You can also download the free Libby app (for iOS and Android.

Find e-Comics

Please be aware that some of our e-Comics may contain storylines and images that include violence, offensive language and sexual content. We do not censor any material or restrict access by age to the e-Comics in this collection. Customers are encouraged to use the filter tools around audience and rating to find appropriate content. Parents and carers should satisfy themselves that the titles are suitable for their child. Further information about helping children and young people stay safe online is available from Get Safe Online, which is a government-backed organisation providing free expert advice.

Online media and reference material

You can access a number of online library services and special sites free of charge from home, 24 hours a day, as well as in our libraries. Some of these sites are specific to library members, and you will need to enter your library membership number to access them.

Dictionaries, biographies and other reference resources
  • Dictionary of National Biography 

    This famous dictionary gives authoritative biographies of around 50,000 British people

  • Ancestry 

    Available at Bath Central Library, Keynsham, and Midsomer Norton Libraries, and until 30 September 2021 from your own home, you can research your family tree, access historic military records and past records from across the world

  • Oxford English Dictionary 

    Find out where words came from, as well as their meaning

  • Oxford Music Online 

    Formerly Grove Music, this resource is a wealth of information on all types of music

  • Oxford Art Online 

    Formerly Grove Art, this product has now expanded its image collection. It also contains in-depth articles on art, artists and art movements

  • Oxford Reference Online

    This product allows you to access some of the best reference books available online from Oxford University Press

  • Who’s Who and Who Was Who 

    This comprehensive resource provides short biographies of the all the movers and shakers in the UK

Online newspapers and journals
  • Download digital newspapers from Libraries West

    Access the full text of 1000+ daily, weekly and monthly newspapers from over 100 countries (and in 60 languages), including 166 local, regional and national UK titles through your library membership

  • Local papers "SomersetLive"... 

    News from Bath, Keynsham, Midsomer Norton and surrounding areas

  • Times Digital Archive 1785-2012 

    Find any news story, obituary, birth notice and more from the Times Newspaper. This fascinating database is fully searchable 

  • Directory of Open Access Journals 

    A directory of over 3,000 quality controlled, full text, scientific and scholarly journals covering a wide range of subjects and languages

  • Access to Research

    Free online access to over 1.5million published academic articles from the Access to Research desktop shortcut on our library computers. You can browse for articles from home, but please note you will only be able to view the journal text from a library computer

Online library catalogues
  • LibrariesWest Catalogue 

    Search for and reserve items, renew your loans and update your details (joint catalogue for Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset, Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Dorset and Poole public libraries)

  • COPAC 

    Merged online catalogue of the British Library, 24 major university research libraries in the UK and Ireland and the National Libraries of Scotland and Wales

  • Fantastic Fiction 

    Comprehensive lists of fiction authors

  • RNIB Library 

    Catalogue of resources in formats accessible to those with a visual impairment

  • Whichbook 

    Choose a book online to suit your mood!

Local newspapers