Please note that our subscriptions to Transparent Language Online and Oxford Music Online have ceased from 01/04/2016 Our subscription to 19th Century British Library Newspapers has been reinstated.
Access To Research provides free, searchable access to a wide range of academic articles and research. Subjects include art, architecture, business, engineering, history, languages, politics, philosophy, mathematics and the sciences. For use in the library only.
Only one printed copy of an article allowed for research purposes.
Trace your family history using records from England, Scotland and Wales censuses from 1841 to 1911, birth, marriage and death records and UK parish and probate record.
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 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 ).
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.