Please note that this site is only available on library computers.
COBRA includes information on start-up, legal, employment, marketing, exporting, finance, health and safety, plus exhibitions and events and many useful links in the Local Area Profile. Available on home and office computers.
An online library that gives you access to hundreds of reference books, including encyclopaedias, dictionaries and books of quotations, plus a range of specialist subject books. Now includes almost 10,000 Topic Pages where you can find information from many different sources, all on one Topic, all on one screen.
A collection of music available for online listening. It contains the complete Naxos and Marco Polo catalogues, plus selections from other labels, amounting to more than 170,000 tracks altogether. It is mainly classical music but also includes jazz, world, folk and Chinese music.
A searchable database of the Birmingham Post, the Evening Mail, the Sunday Mercury and the Sports Argus from January 1998. ( To find articles in these papers, you may need to include the word 'Birmingham' in your search ).
Now also includes The Sun from Jan 1997, Daily Mail from Jan 1996, The Guardian/The Observer from Jan 1996 and The Times/The Sunday Times from Jan 1997.
50,000 biographies of people who shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond, from the earliest times to the year 2000. You can do a quick search, browse by date or in alphabetical order or look at the list of themes, e.g. saints, Oscar winners or poet laureates !
This is the authoritative guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words. It traces the usage of words through 2.5 million quotations from a wide range of international English language sources.
A comprehensive source of information on music recordings distributed in the UK. Choose MusicMaster for popular and world music and jazz and Classical for classical music. I ncludes over 80,000 album cover scans and a DVD and VHS database.