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Online Reference Library

Welcome to Cornwall's 24 hour eLibrary, your virtual branch

Cornwall Enquiry and Information Service provides access to a diverse range of online sources.   The Online Team produced a Enquiry and Information leaflet and  Performing Arts Collection leaflet to tell you about the helpful services we offer.

Online reference 24/7 is a selection of premium electronic resources available free to library members.  Browse by subject area or use our online resource links below:

  1. Art
  2. British Standards
  3. Careers - gap year database
  4. Dictionary and Reference
  5. Encyclopedia
  6. Language
  7. Life Long Learning
  8. Legal
  9. Music
  10. Newspapers and Newspaper archive (local, national and international)
  11. Online learning


Ancestry Library Edition (available in our Libraries) 


Britannica Encyclopedia for learners of all ages


Britannica Junior for Key Stage 1 and 2  


Britannica Student for Key Stage 3 and 4   


Britannica image quest images from over 40 of the best collections in the world. 


BFI Screenonline is not only to explore the history of British film and television, but anyone concerned with Britain's social history as told in over a century's worth of moving images. The 4,000 film and TV titles available on the site date from the 1890s - the earliest years of cinema - to the 21st century.


British Standards Online (BSOL) is a service from The British Standards Institution.  login to your library account on the online library catalogue using your library card


CANS Advice notes for accurate and up-to-date legal information on British and European law


Eisodos contains information for refugees, asylum seekers and EU migrants, as well as for people working with incomers to the UK


Exodus a comprehensive and easy to use database of international careers information



Life in Great BritainPrepare for the British Citizenship Test with Life in Great Britain, a study guide and practice tests.  




Learn a Language Online is Language Learning when it suits you (a range of over 80 languages available)  




MUZZY Online website is the award winning language program for children.




Naxos Music Online classical music collection


NewsBank contains full text articles from a range of local, national and international newspapers




Oxford Art Online




Oxford Dictionary of National Biography      


Oxford English Dictionary Online  




     Oxford Dictionaries Pro




Oxford Music Online     


Oxford Reference Online       

The 19th Century British Library newspapers archive collection     

The Guardian and Observer Newspapers from 1791 to 2003  

The Times (London) 1785 to 1985 digital archive edition  

Theory Test Pro Practice for your driving test. 


Universal Class - eLearning with Cornwall Libraries' Life Long Learning site.  


Who's Who 2014 is the standard biographical reference. Includes Who Was Who.      

Your CyberLibrary contains links to hundreds of websites chosen, described and organised by librarians from public library services across south-west England.  Choose your library from the list to see what's available to you.

Library members can access these resources free.  Please have your library card to hand when using these services as you will need to enter your library card number (without spaces).  View details of how to join the library and your nearest library.

Ask a librarian use our 24/7 "Live Chat" for question and answers with a librarian.  Please see Terms and Conditions of Use.


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