Online information and reference services

Most of the electronic reference resources listed below may be used anywhere you have access to the internet: from home, your favourite café or via one of our People's Network computers. To gain access you will need to log in with your Richmond Card or your library card number.

However, Access to Research and Business services may be accessed from a library computer only.

Access to Research

The Access to Research service is a new initiative to give free, walk-in access to a wide range of academic articles and research in public libraries across the UK. The service is being rolled out across the UK from January 2014 as part of a two year pilot.

All content provided is digital and can be accessed from designated library terminals, it is not available through our wifi network or by remote access.

Subjects include art, architecture, business, engineering, history, languages, politics, philosophy, mathematics and the sciences.

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.

Benezit Dictionary of Artists

The Benezit Dictionary of Artists is now available online for the first time via Oxford Art Online. With nearly 170,000 entries on artists from antiquity to the present day and featuring regular updates, Benezit is one of the most comprehensive and definitive resources on artists in the English language.

Berg Fashion Library

Berg Fashion Library is the only resource to provide integrated text and image content on world dress and fashion throughout history. Invaluable for scholars, students, professionals, and anyone interested in dress, it includes the Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, an extensive e-Book collection, a vast image bank, extra reference resources and more.


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.

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online

We no longer subscribe to Encyclopaedia Britannica Online. You can access free content from


GoCitizen is an online study resource for candidates preparing for the Life in the UK test or British citizenship test. It provides free unlimited access to hundreds of practice test questions in the same format as the official test, additional interactive learning resources and teaching aids. Create your own account and track your progress.

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.

A Naxos Music App is also available. For login details please email and include your library card or Richmond Card number and the make of device you are using.

Once we confirm you are a fully registered member of the library service, without any outstanding charges on your account, we will send you the login details.

Naxos Spoken Word Online

Naxos Spoken Word Online

A Naxos Spoken Word app is also available. For login details please email and include your library card or Richmond Card number and the make of device you are using.

Naxos is also available to download on iTunes to use on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. You will need login details to access content on your device. To get login details simply email us at and include your library card or Richmond Card number.

Once we confirm you are a fully registered member of the library service, without any outstanding charges on your account, we will send you the login details.



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.

The Times Digital Archive from 1785 to 2008. 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.

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 Biblical Studies Online

Oxford Biblical Studies Online provides a comprehensive resource for the study of the Bible and biblical history. The integration of authoritative scholarly texts and reference works with tools that provide ease of research into the background, context, and issues related to the Bible make Oxford Biblical Studies Online a valuable resource not only for college students, scholars, and clergy, but also anyone in need of an authoritative, ecumenical, and up-to-date resource.

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

Oxford Dictionaries covers Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian 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. 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 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 200 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.

Very Short Introductions

Very Short Introductions combine facts, analysis and new ideas to provide comprehensive and highly readable introductions to hundreds of often challenging subjects. Written by expert authors, they are ideal for students and general readers looking to fill gaps in their knowledge.

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.

Updated: 2 May 2017