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Online library resources and reference

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​If you need help with homework, tracing your family history, writing a business plan or preparing for your driving theory test we subscribe to a wide range of resources to help you.

Most of these will require you to log in with your library membership barcode number ​to get into the members' area.

Driving theory test

  • Theory Test Pro - a highly realistic online simulation of the UK's driving theory test.


  • The British Way ​​of Life​ is a program to help all asylum seekers, refugees and migrants in getting used to British life as quickly as possible. It covers many essential topics and subjects, with links to government, NHS and other useful websites to find out invaluable information to succeed in “The British Way of Life”. To assist with language difficulties, the program is available in a wide range of community languages as well as full human English speech.​

​IT for beginners

  • First Steps on Your Computer - is a totally interactive training program for anyone completely new to computers. It contains full human English speech that can be listened to as many times as you wish, and text can be selected in Urdu, Arabic, Bangladeshi, Polish or Somali. It takes absolutely nothing for granted, guiding you through the program with interactive exercises​. At the end of each section you can test what you've learnt before progressing ​to the next level. ​​

​​The National Arc​hives​

The National Archives is the UK government's official archive, containing over 1,000 years of history including over 270,000,000 documents that are available on the UK Government Archive. It includes:
  • Guides, catalogues and indexes - whether you are looking for a person, a place or a particular subject​
  • Lesson plans and workshops for teachers and students
  • Online exhibitions on historical themes
  • A museum of national treasures
  • Podcasts about news and popular topics
  • Advice on how to use the National Archives in Kew


Business and media

  • Ask About Business - 14 library authorities in the North West supporting businesses, job-hunters and consumers
  • COBRA - information and research resource designed for business advisers and information professionals
  • MiVentur​​​​es - FREE live chat business advice​

​How to borrow a British Standard

British Standards can be obtained through our Inter Library Loan scheme. There's a £3.90 non-refundable charge per standard for this service.

If you wish to borrow a British Standard you can place a request (​​you'll need to sign in using your library membership details).

You'll need to tell us:

  • The British Standard title and the Standard number
  • Your name
  • Library membership numb​er
  • Contact number

You can search the British Standards website for titles and details.

As we'll be applying for the Standard from the British Library, we'll be subject to their specific loan rules. Unfortunately we're unable to renew the loan beyond the date set by them.

The nearest libraries that subscribe to British Standards Online are:

You'll need to be eligible to join these libraries before you can access their British Standards Online services.

If you require any further details please email us at or call 01706 924971.

Services available on computers in libraries

You can get full access to the following sites on the library computers:

Our library catalogue also has some useful reference resources including a newspaper index


0300 303 8876

8am-6pm Monday to Friday​

Join the library

It's FREE to join and only takes a couple of minutes to complete our secure form. You can use your account to:

  • Choose from thousands of great books and audiobooks.
  • Reserve and renew books.
  • Download the latest eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines and eGraphicnovels ​to your smartphone, tablet or desktop.
  • Access a range of online resources from help with passing your driving theory test to advice for local businesses.

Please remember to bring ID when you first visit the library to borrow items - for example, utility bill, driving licence or bank statement.

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