Online information and reference services

Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry Library Edition is for the family historian. Recently updated to include the London Parish Records from 1538-1980. Ancestry also has the UK Census Collection and immigration and emigration records. Access from library premises only.

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online



COBRA is for those setting up or running a business. It includes market synopsis for those wishing to start a new venture, fact sheets on every aspect of setting up a new business from employment law to license and certification requirements. This resource is essential for those looking to start a new business.

Credo Reference

Credo Reference

Credo Reference is a great place to start research with access to the world's best citable information. Offering 534 highly-regarded titles Credo General Reference covers every major subject from the world's best publishers of reference.

You can view images and video, link to our other online resources and even search the library catalogue, all from one resource.

Lexis Library Primary Law Collection

LexisLibrary Primary Law Collection is a truly integrated collection of authoritative legal resources that enables you to quickly, easily and intuitively find the legal information and guidance you need.

Legislation: legislation on LexisLibrary includes annotations from exclusive LexisNexis sources, Halsbury’s Statutes and Halsbury’s Is It In Force.

Case Law: includes the All England Law Reports, specialist reporting series and unreported transcripts. Judgment source includes every official judgment and transcript that LexisNexis receives from the courts.

Journals: provides access to 50 journals, including exclusive titles such as The New Law Journal and The Law Society Gazette.

This resource can only be accessed at the Information and Reference Library.

Mint UK


Mint UK can be accessed at the Information and Reference Library only due to the terms of the subscription licence. Mint UK is not available at any other Richmond library and cannot be accessed remotely.

Mint UK contains information on over 5 million companies throughout the UK including corporate groups, all companies that could be considered to be in the same family. The Directors Module contains information on both current and previous directors of UK businesses. The report on each director gives an address, their date of birth and their nationality plus a list of their current and previous directorships. Industry research reports are provided by Datamonitor and Morningstar and coverage is global. Profiles on individual companies give in depth views on a company, its competitors and markets and are complemented with a SWOT analysis.

Naxos Music Library

Naxos Music Library

Naxos Music Library has over one million tracks online from classical music to Jazz, Blues and World. To listen just search for the track or album you want, tick the box and press play selection.

Naxos Spoken Word Online

Naxos Spoken Word Online

Naxos Spoken Word Online lets you listen to hundreds of books online. Audiobooks are broken down into short chapters so you can listen to the whole book at once or a chapter at a time.



NewsBank holds current and archive editions of all UK national and regional newspapers and selected business journals. Library members will be able to search, save, print and email all articles from NewsBank from any Richmond Library and from home.


With News Vault you can search 19th Century British Library Newspapers, The Times Digital Archive and the Times Literary Supplement individually or all at the same time. If you have a card number beginning DXXXX please use upper case when prompted to enter your card number.

19th Century British Library Newspapers contains full runs of influential national and regional newspapers representing different political and cultural segments of 19th century British society.

19th Century British Library Newspapers

The Times Digital Archive from 1785 to 1985. View, save or print any article as it appeared in the original publication.

The Times Literary Supplement is the complete online fully-searchable edition of the TLS from the first edition in 1902 onwards. This is the essential companion for studying and researching literary activity and critical opinion makers of the 20th and 21st centuries.

TLS Historical Archive

Oxford Art Online

Gorve Art

Oxford Art Online includes Grove Art Online and other sources. Information about artists appears alongside images of their work as well as biographies. It also covers art movements and cultures, from paintings, craft, ceramics to woodwork, surrealism and street art. This is the full Grove Art collection online and more.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography


The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography contains over 55,000 biographies. It includes the archived versions of thousands of entries as they originally appeared, as well as the most recent additions.

Oxford Dictionaries Pro

Oxford english dictionary

Oxford Dictionaries Pro is a modern English dictionary and language reference service. Special features include language change, revised encyclopaedic entries, and improved functionality. The site is updated quarterly with new words and senses. Write business proposals using the thesaurus, sample documents, and example sentences. Create professional reports or prepare documents for publication, using specialist guides for legal and technical writing and expert guides for professional writers. Use the comprehensive guides to grammar and punctuation, and find tips on style and usage to write effectively.

Oxford English Dictionary

Oxford English Dictionary

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is a comprehensive dictionary of the English language, this online version includes all the words in the print edition as well as new words added regularly with pronunciations and etymology.

Oxford Language Dictionaries Online

Oxford Language Dictionaries Online

The Oxford Language Dictionaries Online covers French, German, Italian and Spanish. As well as translation it offers pronunciation tips, phrases and idioms. It has a clever search function allowing the use of characters and text to voice capability.

Oxford Music Online

Oxford Music Online includes The Oxford Encyclopedia of Popular Music and Grove Music Online. Updated frequently to cover new artists as well as comprehensive entries on established artists and those who have died. Includes track listings, instrument information and explanation of different musical genres - this is the complete Grove Music collection online and more.

Oxford Reference

Oxford Reference Online

Oxford Reference contains over 100 reference titles, including Oxford A-Z of Medicine, Oxford Dictionary of Law and Oxford companion to British History.

Theory Test Pro

Theory Test Professional

Theory Test Pro gives you free unlimited access to all the official questions from the DSA in the same format as the official test.

It includes an online version of the most up to date Highway Code, realistic hazard perception video simulations as well as access to test banks for car, motorcycle, passenger carry vehicle and heavy goods vehicle categories. Machine translation into over 40 different languages and speech-enabled tests so you can listen to questions. Create your own account and you can track your progress.

Who's Who and Who was Who

Whos Who

Who's Who and Who was Who covers the living as well as those who have died. Includes all the entries that have appeared in every edition since 1897. Who's Who includes information about education, career and marital status. It also includes contact information for the living entries. Business Services

We have a limited number of search credits to use Business Services, allowing users to view business and residential information. Our corporate login allows users to check electoral rolls across the country and search for phone numbers and contact information. This service is only available on site; staff will log you on and explain the terms of use.

Updated: 9 April 2014