Online reading resources

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What shall I read next?

Use the trusted websites below to discover new books and authors. You can then borrow them from the library!

Fantastic Fiction

Provides exhaustive bibliographies. It’s also great for “if you like this author, then you might like this author”.


A huge database of authors, titles, reviews, and “readers also enjoyed” recommendations. If you wish, you can set up a free account where you can add books you have enjoyed and be recommended similar titles.

Another great site offering a totally new way of choosing books. You select the criteria and it selects the books. Definitely worth a visit.


Excellent for lists of books you absolutely, definitely should read.

What should I read next

You can search straight from a favourite title. You can also use the subject suggestions for recommendations.

Love Reading

Book recommendations made by people with a passion for reading


Look up a book you really enjoyed and let the Amazon algorithms do the rest! Look at the list of ‘customers who viewed this item also viewed’. There are usually a number of good suggestions for further reading here.


Newspaper reviews. allows Cornwall Library members free access to newspapers. This includes virtually all of the Saturday and Sunday review sections in the newspapers. A brilliant way of keeping up with new releases.

Books and reading

*Access to Research

Access to journals and published academic articles (Library Access only)


For children with dyslexia or find reading difficult


Changes lives through reading

Literature Matters

The Poetry Archive

The Reading Agency

A charity whose mission is to give everyone an equal chance in life. This is by helping people become confident and enthusiastic readers.

The Literary Clock

A constantly ticking clock made of literary quotations

Newspapers and magazines

Cornwall Libraries has subscribed to The British Newspaper Archive (in Library use only). Within your local library you will have unlimited access to the millions of scanned pages of newspapers. You must register and login to British Newspaper Archive to view the archive site.

*British Newspapers Archive 

(in Library use only). The British Newspaper Archive is a partnership between the British Library and findmypast. They will digitise up to 40 million newspaper pages from the British Library's vast collection over the next 10 years. These contain most newspapers published in the UK since 1800 including:

    • News Articles
    • Family Notices
    • Letters to the editor written by the newspaper's reader
    • Obituaries
    • Advertisements

British Newspaper Archive information sheet

How to access the British Newspaper Archive (in Library use only).  

To be able to access the british newspaper archive website you will need to register your contact details. If you don't you will be re-directed to the payment page when trying to view an image. To register please select the link above and then at the top of the main page, click on the "Register" link. Once on the registration page please enter your contact details, create a password and then select "Get Started". Once your account has been created our subscription will give you access to the entire archive.

*NewsBank newspaper article archives uses one of the richest collections of primary source material in the world. Contains full text articles from a range of international, national and local newspapers

Newspapers and periodicals

The Cornish Studies Library and other public libraries in Cornwall, hold a variety of:

    • national newspapers
    • local newspapers
    • periodicals
      These include some titles which are now out of print

*PressReader digital newspapers and magazines

The Gazette - Official public record


*The Times (London) 1785 to 1985 digital archive edition

*Which? Online and Which? magazine can be accessed in libraries that subscribe to Which?

*RBDigital eMagazines


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