eReference library


eReference library - encyclopaedias, dictionaries and newspapers online


Access to Research Discover a world of published academic research at your local library. The Access to Research initiative gives public access to articles on health, biological research, engineering and social sciences. The articles are from over 8000 academic and professional journals from all over the world.

Books and reading

Good Reads Meet your next favourite book
Fantastic Fiction  Information on over 500,000 books
The Reading Agency A charity whose mission is to inspire more people to read
National Literacy Trust Works with schools and communities to improve literacy

Reading support

Book Trust Recommended books for all ages from babies to teens; search the Bookfinder by age and theme; find out about awards and prizes
Words for Life Reading advice for parents and carers including milestones, tips, book recommendations, free downloadable activities for children from birth to age.

Homework and study

BBC Education BBC Bitesize free online study support resource for school-age students in the United Kingdom. Search for learning resources by level, subject and topic.
Primary Homework Help  Website for primary age homework resources.

General knowledge

Encyclopaedia Britannica The well known encyclopaedia Online English dictionary Online thesaurus
Wikipedia Please remember that it is based on a model of openly editable content.Wikipedia is a wiki, meaning that anyone can edit any unprotected page and improve articles immediately for all readers. This means that you can’t be one hundred percent certain that all the details in the article are correct and based on authoritative sources.

Online safety

Get safe online  Leasing source of easy-to-understand information on online safety.

Local and Family History

Derby Local Studies and Family History Library Research local and family history
Derby’s history – a digital archive A curated selection of digitised material from the Local Studies and Family History Library

Picture the Past

Delve into the rich history of Derby, Derbyshire and Nottingham through an extensive online collection of photos, postcards, glass plates and engravings from our county libraries.


British Newspapers Archive


Full text of newspapers from 19th and 20th centuries – Free access to this popular online resource is available on Public PCs at Derby Local Studies and Family History Library.


Free access to this popular online family history resource is available on Public PCs at Derby Local Studies and Family History Library. 


Free access to this popular online family history resource is available on Public PCs at Derby Local Studies and Family History Library.

Derby Online

Visit Derby Derby official tourist information site.
Derby LIVE Find out what’s on in Derby and book event tickets online.
Derby City Council Derby City Council official website. Find information, report issues and book local services such as bulky waste collection.


NHS Choices  UK's biggest health website.
livewell Free programmes to help people in Derby live better.
Trent PTS Approved NHS provider of psychological therapies.
Derbyshire Mind Affiliated to the national charity.

Jobs and careers

Working, jobs and pensions Information on government website
Universal Jobmatch Apply for jobs via government website
Indeed Job site with general vacancies
National Careers Service  Advice on learning, training and work
Derby.GOV Volunteering links Including links to Do It, the UK’s national volunteering database
Adzuna Job site with general vacancies


Learn my way Offers free online courses 
Derby Libraries View learning opportunities on the Libraries website
Derby Adult Learning Service Courses for adult learners in Derby
Derbyshire Community Adult Education Courses for adult learners in Derbyshire
Derby College Leaning opportunities at Derby College
WEA Courses in Derby and Derbyshire
Derby University Courses at Derby University


Business and Self Employed Government website
Business support and advice Derby City Council
Regional business support service East Midlands Chamber 

Consumer and welfare rights

Benefits  Government website
Advice and Benefits Derby City Council
Citizens Advice England CAB website
Citizens Advice Mid Mercia (South Derbyshire and City) Local CAB website
Entiltedto Benefits calculator

Law and government

Legislation Official home of UK legislation from 1267 to the present.
UK Parliament  MPs, Parliamentary business
Hansard Verbatim record of debates

Help with the Cost of Living 

Useful information and advice

Community Action Derby website is here to help with rising costs including housing and rental support, food, clothing, toiletries, furniture need, help paying your bills, debt support, how to increase your income, health and well-being and more.

Help for Households

Advice and support for households

Food4Thought Alliance

Support with food in Derby


Support with broadband social tariffs


Support with home energy bills

Derby Community Action

Support with mental health and wellbeing

Check the benefits and financial support you can get

National Databank

Free mobile internet data (more about local databank)

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