24 Hour Virtual Library
Homework and study help for all ages. If you have an Enfield Library Service card you can access Online Resources free of charge.
Please download the 24hr Virtual Library Leaflet for a list of all of our Online Resources or click our red buttons to access all of our Online Resources. When you log in, always use 'barcode' option to type in your library card number rather than username. A few resources are only available in libraries across Enfield.
On Wednesday 29th May 2013 a new version of Overdrive Media console was released. Anyone using Apple iOS will have their Adobe ID de-authorised but there will be a prompt to authorise again as required by Apple. Audiobook users will be unaffected unless attempting to download parts of a book that was only partially downloaded prior to the update.
Homework and Study Support
Britannica Online: Encyclopedia Britannica
A great homework, study or research with in-depth articles, photos, audio links, videos, diagrams, index, A-Z browse, interesting links, a dictionary and much more for 14 years old and up.
Britannica Online: Britannica Student
A great homework, study or research resource with in-depth articles, photos, audio links, videos, diagrams, index, A-Z browse, interesting links, a dictionary and much more for people aged 10 - 14 years old.
Britannica Online: Britannica Junior
A great homework, study or research resource with in-depth articles, photos, audio links, videos, diagrams, index, A-Z browse, interesting links, a dictionary and much more for people aged 5 - 10 years old.
If you are looking for study help or information on the Arts, Business, Food and Drink, Dictionaries, Biographies, Quotations, Geography, Law, Literature, Medicine, Music, Philosophy, Psychology, Religion, Science, Social Sciences, and Technology, this site is a must. Very similar to Oxford Reference Shelf, but with all other major publishers. It can also link your search to our Library Catalogue.
The UK's first comprehensive reference source on topics such as Crimes and Justice, Drugs and Alcohol, Economics and Welfare, Environmental and Global issues, Family and Relationships, Health and Well-being, Citizenship and Participation, Media, Rights and Discrimination, Science and Health. All printable with 100s of useful links. Ideal for study and general interest.
Oxford Art Online
Articles, images and a comprehensive series of links covering painting, sculpture, architecture, decorative arts, textiles, jewelry, design, furniture and more.
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Online
An illustrated collection of more that 56,600 specially written biographies of the men and women from around the world who shaped all aspects of Britain's past.
Oxford Reference Online - Premium Collection
A compendium of over 175 subject dictionaries, plus the World Encyclopedia, offering unrivalled coverage of everything from art to accountancy, politics to physics and computing to classics.
Oxford Music Online
Articles and sound clips covering musicians, genres, record companies, music, festivals, songs and more.
Who's who 2011 and Who was who 1898 - 2011
Who's who contains over 33,000 short biographies, continually updated, of living noteworthy and influential individuals, from all walks of life, worldwide. Approximately one thousand new entries are added every year.
Who was who contains over 100,000 entries from the archives of Who's Who dating back to 1898, the definitive roll-call of the last 150 years of British history.
Encyclopaedia of Global Change
300 authoritative articles and entries covering a range of general research categories: altered ecosystems, climate change, food and water supply, population, politics and global change, institutions and policies, biographies and case studies.
The Oxford Companion to World Exploration
Over 800 entries from Antarctica to the North Pole. The Oxford Companion to World Exploration offers information on all topics of exploration worldwide, including advances in navigation, the discovery of the New World, polar expeditions and the space age.
Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance
This encyclopedia provides authoritative and up-to-date information (4,300 entries) about theatre and performance from ancient Greek theatre to the latest developments in London, Paris, New York and around the globe. In addition to performance in playhouses, it covers dance, opera, radio, film, television and popular performances, including carnivals and circuses.
Encyclopedia of Evolution
A comprehensive guide to the essentials of evolutionary biology, these entries by leading experts survey essential concepts and theories, present methods, models and findings and discuss both the history of the field and current controversies.
Encyclopedia of Popular Music
30,000 entries covering all genres and periods of popular music from 1900 to the present day, including Jazz, Country, Folk, Rap, Reggae, Techno, Musicals and World Music. The expanded edition includes thousands of new entried on trend, styles, record labels, venues and music festivals and more.
Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
An indispensable reference work on all aspects of the Christian Church. It contains over 6,000 A - Z entries and offers unrivalled coverage of all aspects of this vast and often complex subject, from theology, churches and denominations, patristic scholarship and the bible, to the church calendar and it's organization, popes, archbishops, saints and mystics and more.
Oxford Companion to the Book
Covering the book broadly conceived throughout the world from ancient to modern times. It includes traditional subjects such as bibliography, palaeography, the history of printing, editional theory and practice, textual criticism, book collecting and libraries, but it also engages with newer disciplines such as the history of the book and the electronic book and much more.
Business and Legal
Cans Advice Notes
A readable and accessible guide to English (& Welsh & Scottish) legislation - a lay person's guide to the law as it affects rights, finance, families, migration etc. Regularly updated by a team of legal experts - the next best thing to consulting a legal professional.
Cobra - The Complete Business Reference Adviser
A comprehensive practical and continually updated information resource for anyone looking to start a business, write a business or marketing plan, or conduct research into new markets.
Lexis Legal Library
This major legal database is not available by remote access, but can be used in all Enfield Libraries. The most comprehensive legal library in the UK containing an unrivalled collection of Legal information, case law and legislation. Updated daily!
Lexis Direct: Business Library
This global news and business information database is not available by remote access, but can be used in all Enfield Libraries. Contains over 20,000 sources of authoritative news, company, financial and market research data. Updated daily!.
Lexis: Public Support Lawyer
Not available remotely. Can be used at all Enfield Libraries. Lexis PSL helps you to get to relevant up-to-date information instantly. It provides online access to practical guidance. Butterworths commentary, cases, legislation, forms and precedents. Practice Areas covered include Company Commercial, Corporate, Dispute Resolution, Employment, Family, Local Government, In-house, Personal injury and Property.
Even more consumer advice on products and services than in the print edition. Library access only from this link, please ask a member of staff to log you in.
Start your own Business
This is an e-learning tool that advises on the Tax and National Insurance issues involved in starting your own Business. The package can be completed in bite size pieces and covers subjects including:
- Starting in Business.
- Registering your self Employment.
- What records should I keep?
- What can I claim against my income?
- VAT registration.
Find HMRC tutorials on YouTube.
Oxford English Dictionary Online
The full text of the world's most comprehensive dictionary.
Oxford English Dictionaries and Thesaurus
350,000 definitions and 600,000 synonyms and antonyms. A vast bank of linked example sentences, taken from real English and detailed writing, grammar and spelling guidance.
Including English dictionaries and thesauri and French, German, Spanish and Italian to English and back to English to French, German, Spanish and Italian.
Driving and Citizenship Test Help
Driving Theory Pro - Pass first time
If you are learning to drive a car or a bike, Theory Test Pro is a highly realistic online simulation of the UK's driving theory test. It contains the entire official test question bank, hazard perception video clips and an online version of the Highway Code.
All this material is licensed from the Driving Standards Agency (DSA,) the people who sets the test. It's free to try, so sign up now and find out how to pass your test on your first attempt. (You have to register a username and password.)
Go Citizen - Citizenship test training
Go Citizen is an online study resources for candidates preparing for the Life in the UK or British Citizenship test.
This is a comprehensive and proven study package. It includes an online version of the latest official study materials, licensed from the Home Office, the people who write the handbook plus hundreds of practice test questions in the same format as the official test. (You have to register a username and password)
Family History and Genealogy
Ancestry.com (Library edition
This family history database is not available by remote access. It is available in our Local History Unit (020 8379 2724) Library access only from this link from Enfield's Local Studies and Archive.
Find my Past
Find My Past, family history database (with added 1911 Census) is only available at our Local Studies and Archives Centre (Thomas Hardy House). Advance booking is recommended, call 020 8379 2724. Library access only from this link from Enfield's Local Studies and Archive.
Languages and Learning
Community Learning with Enfield Libraries
If you wish to learn how to use a PC / Email etc, try the Free Learn My Way Page. If you have the basics but wish to improve your Word / Excel etc skills, try Alison. Much more available from the link above.
Or if you would like to view or print a handy leaflet explaining all our online resources.
Get free online courses from the world's leading publishers. This collection of courses include over 300 courses in Computers, IT, Literacy, Languages, Health and Safety and Liberal Arts and Sciences. All these courses are available for free and are interactive; they contain audio, video, Adobe Flash, online quizzes and assessments. After successfully completing these courses, you will be able to download Certificate of Completion.
Transparent Languages Online
Transparent Languages Online (TLO) is a language learning resource featuring more than 80 languages. With TLO you can learn reading, writing, speaking and listening skills from a native speaker. There are also courses included for English as a second language. As it's all online there is no software to download and it's available 24 / 7 so just login and learn! (Requires speakers, headphones and a microphone if you want to record yourself.)
Newspapers and Online Journals
Full text newspaper articles, from local, national and international newspapers. Online and free.
Infotrac: Custom Journal Database
Full text articles from a selection of UK and international magazines and journals
19th Century British Newspapers Online
Full text articles from a wide range of 19th Century London and GB newspapers. Lots of images also included. Articles on Trafalgar, Nelson, Florence Nightingale, Jack the Ripper to name a few.
The Times Digital Archive
The full text of every article to appear in the Times newspaper from 1785 - 2006 (use Newsbank for later articles). Please note access to TDA resources is very limited, and may not be available at all times.
The Sunday Times Digital Archive
Since 1822, The Sunday Times has provided thoughtful analysis and commentary on the week's news and society at large. Murder, Theatre, sport, and politics - all collide in its pages in an abundance of glorious narrative detail. In more that 800,000 pages, The Sunday Times Digital Archive is a gateway to the greatest crimes, careers and culture of the last 180 years.
Financial Times Online
Financial Times.com gives you free access to 5 years worth of Financial Times business statistics and analysis. It can only be used in Enfield Libraries.
Zinio - Magazine Reader
We've recently updated our subscription and you can now see Zinio's top 100 magazines. We also provide unlimited access to our archive, which you can even view on a mobile device. If you need any help,you can read our user guide which shows you how to use Zinio.
The British Newspaper is a partnership between the British Library and brightsolid online publishing to digitize up to 40 million newspaper pages from the British Library's vast collection over the next 10 years. New pages are added every day from hundreds of local and regional newspapers from across the UK and Ireland. Get a real sense of Britian's history. Read it today, as it happened.
It includes pages from newspapers published up to 1950, concentrating mainly on post 1800 material but some editions as early as 1716 are available.
What can you search?
- News Articles
- Family Notices
- Letters to the editors
Only available at Local Studies
e-books and audio books
Sign in using your library card and access audio and e-books to download for a set loan period to your PC, tablet or e-reader (except Kindle).
OneClickdigital (audio books only)
One-Click Digital provides audio books for every library borrower. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Library borrowers can download bestsellers to play on their MP3 Player, iPod or computer from home or anywhere in the world. A simple “one click” download process can transfer audio book content from the One Click digital platform to a portable media player. As each title has unlimited availability, All that is required is a PC with broadband internet access and your library membership details. Download the user guide. ( Please note this document is 50 pages long!)
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This page was last updated on 17-Dec-2013.