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Library Resources

Aberdeenshire Libraries provides free access to a number of online reference resources.

Biography : Consumer Information : Dictionaries: Driving Theory Test : e-Books : Encyclopedias : Family History: General Knowledge : History : Newspapers and Journals   All can be used on the computers in our libraries and on your own device in libraries with wifi. Many of these can be used from home by library members and this is indicated at the resource.

Click on this link which is Aberdeenshire Council Library - Online Information Resources.  It gives links to the various categories below:-


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Oxford Dictionary of National Biography - biographies of notable UK people who have shaped British history.

Search Oxford DNB

Library access
Home access: Enter your library card number at 'Library Card Login'

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Who's Who and Who was Who - biographies of noteworthy and influential people who have or have had an impact on British life.

Library access
Home access: Enter your library card number at 'Library Card Number' and click on 'Login'

Other useful biography web resources can be found in Weblinks

Consumer Information

Which Online - Which? is available in selected libraries only - Ballater, Banchory, Ellon, Fraserburgh, Library Headquarters, Peterhead, Portlethen and Turriff

Library access only - Ask staff to log you in

Other useful consumer information web resources can be found in Weblinks


Oxford Dictionaries Pro - online English and foreign language dictionaries, thesauruses and grammar guides

Library and home access: Login to additional features by clicking on 'Log in' at the top of page and entering your library card number at Log in with a Library Card

Oxford English Dictionary - meanings, history or pronunciation of more than 600,000 words. A definitive record of the English language.

Library access
Home Access: Click on Sign in at the top of page and enter your library membership number in Library Card Login box

Other useful dictionary web resources can be found in Weblinks

Driving Theory Test

Theory Test Pro - simulation of the UK's car, HGV, PCV and motorcycle driving theory tests. You must sign up and create a username and password to use this resource.

Library access: Click on the 'Sign In Tab' and enter your email address and password
Home access: Click on the 'Sign In' Tab and enter your email address, your password and your library membership card number .

Other useful Driving web resources can be found in Weblinks


Dawsonera - Gain access to hundreds of study guides and past papers via our academic e-book collection.

Library and home access: Sign in using your library card number and the password: Aberdeenshire1


Britannica Online - There are 3 encyclopedias with age appropriate material from child-friendly to adult learning.

Britannica Junior for ages 5 -12
Library access
Home access

Britannica Student for ages 13-18
Library access
Home access

Encyclopaedia Britannica for ages 18+
Library access
Home access

Home access: Enter your library card number at the prompt

World Book - Age appropriate online encyclopedias with articles, images, audio and video delivering good quality information

Library access only

Other useful encyclopedia web resources can be found in Weblinks

Family History

Ancestry Library Edition - genealogical information with more than 5 billion names in over 4,000 collections.

Library access only

ScotlandsPeople - Scottish genealogical records. Access is on a pay-per-view basis. Vouchers which give discounted access are available from all libraries and the Local Studies Dept.

Library and home access Use voucher to access

Other useful family history web resources can be found in Weblinks

General Knowledge

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Oxford Reference - includes key titles in Oxford Companions and Oxford Dictionaries series and illustrated natural history titles such as Encyclopedia of Mammals.

Library access
Home access: Click on Login with your Library Card and enter your library membership card number


Scran - quality images, sounds, movies and learning resources representing Scottish culture and history

Library access: Choose the name of the library you are at the drop down list.
Home access: Choose Aberdeenshire Council and then enter your library card number. You will also need to type in the words displayed in the box before clicking on login.

Other useful history web resources can be found in Weblinks

Newspapers and Journals

Access to Research - Over 1.5 million academic articles and research on subjects including art, architecture, business, engineering, history, languages, politics, philosophy, mathematics and the sciences.

Library access only

Fraserburgh Herald - searchable archives of the newspaper from 1884 to 1920

Library and home access - No login required

International Newsstand - archives of UK and international newspapers, including newspaper obituaries

Library and home access - For home access enter your library card number at the prompt

Other useful newspaper and magazine resources can be found in Weblinks

Aberdeenshire Council - Online Information Resources