Online Reference Library

Available from home and in the Library

Darlington Library members can enjoy the benefits of FREE access to the following online Information sources from home even when the libraries are closed.

To use a resource, click on the icon and at the 'Library Card Login' type your 10 character Library Card Number into the box

Library membership is free

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BBC Bitesize Functional Skills (16+)

English and maths learning resources for students of Functional Skills.

Local Studies Resources


holds current and archive editions of all UK national and regional newspapers and selected business journals.

Local Studies Resources

Darlington Centre for Local Studies Resources

See some of the local history resources that are available in the Darlington Centre for Local Studies at Darlington Library

Local Studies Resources

Theory Test Pro in partnership with Darlington Library

Theory Test Pro for Libraries

FREE Unlimited access to all the official test questions from the DVSA (email address required)


  • Online version of the Highway Code
  • Realistic hazard perception video simulations
  • Access to test banks for car, motorcycle, PCV and HGV catagories
  • Machine translation in over 40 different languages
  • Speech-enabled tests, so you can listen to questions

Now available on the go, with the mobile app

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Universal Skills

Universal Skills

An easy to use step by step guide to: 'Find a Job', Employability and Job Skills and Universal Credit. Also help with Basic Computer Skills, CV Writing, Interview Techniques and much more

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An online study resource for candidates preparing for the Life in the UK test or British citizenship test.

Local Studies Resources

Road to IELTS

International English Language Testing System - preparation and practice Reading, writing, speaking and listening to English, includes test questions

Local Studies Resources

Transparent Language Online

Use your library card to sign up to Transparent Language Online and start learning a new language online today. From Afrikaans to Zulu, choose from over a hundred languages to improve your language skills for business or pleasure.

Now available on the go, with the mobile app

Please note Transparent Language Online will not be available to our users from 1st April 2023.

Local Studies Resources

ArtistWorks for Libraries (via Libby)

Use your library card to get FREE online music & art lessons with our new service ArtistWorks For Libraries courtesy of The Corner Bequest.

Local Studies Resources

Oxford music online
Oxford Music Online

Charts the history and culture of music and musicians from around the world

Local Studies Resources

Oxford Art online
Oxford Art Online

The authority on all aspects of the visual art from prehistory to the present day.

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Oxford English Dictionary
Oxford English Dictionary

The definitive record of the English language

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Oxford Dictionaries Pro
Oxford Dictionaries Pro

A one stop resource for practical help with using today’s English in work, studies, school and leisure

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Oxford reference
Oxford Reference Online

A vast collection of subject dictionaries and encyclopedias offering millions of facts and definitions

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Dictionary of National Biography
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Over 60,000 biographies, 72 million words, 11,000 portraits of significant, influential or notorious figures who shaped British history

Online Reference Library

The services below are available within Darlington Libraries branches only

Genealogy Research for Library Members | Library Edition


Ancestry Library Edition brings the world’s most popular online genealogy resource to Darlington Library.

Find My Past UK

Trace your ancestry and build a family tree by researching extensive birth records, census data, obituaries and more with Findmypast.

Product reviews and expert advice

Compare reviews with impartial and expert advice on 1000's of tested products with Which? Online and Which? Digital Magazines

Ask a member of Library Staff for login details

(Printed Which? publications are currently available to view at Cockerton Library.

The British Newspaper Archive


Darlington Library has subscribed to The British Newspaper Archive | Community Edition from the British Library

While you are within the Library premises, you will have unlimited access to the millions of scanned pages of newspapers that the British Newspaper Archive site holds. To view pages from the archive, you'll need to register (for free) and be signed in to the service.

Academic Journals

Discover a world of published academic research at your local library.

Access to Research gives free, walk-in access to over 15million academic articles in participating public libraries across the UK. Students and independent researchers can now access many of the world’s best academic papers from leading publishers who have made their journal content available for free. Start now by viewing which articles and journals are available from home, then visit one of our libraries where you can view the full text.

Who Else Writes Like...?

Answers the perennial question "I've read all the books by my favourite authors, who shall I read next?"

 Click on the logo to visit the website, use your library membership number to log in.


Who Next...?

When children ask: “Who can I read next?” or “Who writes like my favorite author?”, the answers are here in Who Next…? Writers of children’s fiction are listed with suggestions of other authors who write in a similar way, together with key book and series titles.