Once you have joined the library you are able to access a wide range of free online resources to assist you in your work, your study or for pleasure. Some of the resources can only be accessed within the library branches or within Wakefield Reference & Information Library. Please ask at the counter and Library staff will log you on to these resources.
Arts and Music
Oxford Arts Online
Excellent reference dictionary of art and artists, previously called Grove Art Dictionary. Includes thousands of pictures, definitions and much more. Enter your library borrower number in the 'Library barcode login' and click 'Enter' box to access this resource. Available from any computer with Internet access.
Enjoy instant access to the world's premier authority on all aspects of music, 24 hours a day, from any computer with Internet access. Includes the former Grove Music Online database and the new Oxford Encyclopaedia of Popular Music. Enter your library borrower number where it says 'Library barcode login' and click 'Enter' to access this resource.
Online access to all Encyclopaedia Britannica full-text articles including pictures. This link will take you to Britannica Student (for 12 - 18 year olds). If accessing from outside the library you will need to type in your borrower number to access the resource.
Access to thousands of biographies and images of renowned British personalities who died before 2004. To access this service please enter your library borrower number where it says 'Library Card Login'. Available from any computer with Internet access.
Who's Who is the definitive directory of everyone who's anyone in Britain, and beyond, today, plus over 100,000 entries from the archives of Who was Who dating back to 1898. To access this service please enter your library borrower number where it says 'Library Card Number'. Available from any computer with Internet access.
Accurate up-to-date legal information to the public, students, and anyone else with an interest in the law. To access this service please enter your library borrower number where prompted. Available from any computer with Internet access.
'Contents only' search for consumer information. Allows you to easily pinpoint the information you need. Available in 3 of our Libraries across the district - please ask at the library counter for access information. Paper copies of the full 'Which' magazine (latest issue plus back copies for the year) are also available at these libraries. Wakefield Reference & Information Library has longer runs of back copies.
An essential fundraising tool, all the information you need to make applications to the trusts most likely to fund your cause and increase your fundraising success. (available at Wakefield Balne Lane Learning and Local Studies Library only)
Encyclopaedias and Reference
Britannica Junior (5 - 11 years)
Online access to all Encyclopaedia Britannica full-text articles including pictures. This link will take you to Britannica Junior (for 5 - 11 year olds). If accessing from outside the library you will need to type in your borrower number to access the resource.
Online access to all Encyclopaedia Britannica full-text articles including pictures. Suitable for all ages including adults. If accessing from outside the library you will need to type in your borrower number to access the resource.
Widely acknowledged as the most authoritative and comprehensive dictionary of English in the world. It also traces the evolution of more then 600,000 words over the last 1,500 years through 2.5 million quotations from a wide range of sources. If you want to access the OED from any computer with Internet access please follow this link, enter your library card number and click 'login'.
Begin exploring this extensive collection of reference works by entering your borrower number where it says 'Library Card Number' and clicking 'log-in'. Everything from Accounting to Zoology available 24 hours a day from any computer with Internet access!
'Enquire' is a 24/7 "live chat" service from the People's Network that instantly connects you to someone who is trained to help you find the answers to your questions. Access from any computer with Internet access - no password needed.
Ancestry is an essential family history tool which provides access to a wide range of sources including Censuses 1841-1901 and continually updated England and Wales Civil Registration- Births, Marriages and Deaths. The website is available to library members in all libraries. A member of staff will log library members onto the site.
Discover' is a new service from the People's Network - search online for a range of items from libraries, museums and archives. Available from any computer with Internet access - no password is needed.
DynaMed is a medical information database with nearly 3,000 clinical topic summaries. It is updated daily and offers good quality health information from scholarly sources intended for health practitioners. To access this resource, which is freely available to all Wakefield Libraries' members, visit the NHS Clinical Knowledge website and click the Dynamed link on the right of the webpage to access.
Current social/current affairs/environmental topics online with statistics. Aimed at young adults - ideal to help with homework and coursework. click on 'Issues Online', enter your library borrower number in the 'Public library Users Login' box and click 'login' to access this resource. Available from any computer with Internet access.
Ebsco Host databases include GreenFile, a database of information covering all aspects of human impact on the environment with some full text articles; Library, Information Science & Technology Abstract (LISTA) which indexes journal articles on these topics and Teacher reference center, which provides indexing and abstracts for more than 270 of the most popular educational journals. To access this resource, please insert your Wakefield Library Card ID number when prompted.
Learn practice anad revise for the British Citizenship test by using this comprehensive resource. Available at Drury Lane, Pontefract Sandal and Knottingley Libraries. Students can use own username and password to access the website.
Language learning courses in over 80 languages. Register on a computer at a Wakefield District Library then proceed with learning at your leisure from your home computer. (Use your library card barcode number to log in).
Theory Test Pro is a highly realistic online simulation of the UK's official driving theory test. It contains the entire official test question bank, hazard perception video clips and an online version of the Highway Code. Use your library barcode number and your email address to sign up.
'Read' is a new service from the Peoples Network designed to help you to explore books and reading and to share that experience (good or bad!) with others. Available from any computer with Internet access - no password needed.
A comprehensive database designed to help both adult and junior fiction readers who have read all the books by their favourite authors and are seeking new names to try. This site lists writers who write in a similar genre or style and includes lists of literary prizewinners as well as authors' own websites. (Use your library card barcode number to log in).