Virtual Reference Library

Online reference and information

Need help with your homework project or tracing your family history? Writing a business plan and need market research? Or trying to find a newspaper article? We subscribe to a wide range of resources to help you.

You can access our online resources from your local library. If you are a member of Gloucestershire Libraries you can also use many of them from home or work by entering your library card number.

Resources you can access from any computer

You can log on to the following sites on any computer, using your Gloucestershire library card number. If you don't have a library card Join the library or update your details 

Resources you can access from a public library computer

At all libraries and Gloucestershire Archives

  • Access to Research - For private study use only. Users may print a single copy of an article (usual printing costs apply). Content must not be copied or saved elsewhere. Misuse may result in your computer session being terminated.
  • Ancestry - Includes Gloucestershire Parish Registers. If you would like to use Ancestry from home you will need to subscribe to Ancestry.co.uk
  • Find My Past - UK family history records

At Gloucester and Cheltenham Libraries

At Gloucester Library

  • COBRA- Complete Business Reference Advisor
  • MINT UK- Business database

Other useful websites for county library users

Some of these websites can be used from home with your library card and some can only be used in a library.

  • Cyber Library - links to hundreds of websites chosen, described and organised by librarians from public library services across South West England.
  • John Johnson Collection - an archive of printed ephemera -access using your library card
  • BFI Screen online - guide to British film and TV history. From Library PCs only

What you need to know about using our online resources

  • You need a Gloucestershire Library card with a number that starts with 77 e.g. 771234123x or 7712341234.
  • When you login to a resource please enter your library card number without any spaces.
  • If your card has a different pattern of numbering please go to your local library to get a new card - Find a library.

If you have any technical difficulties or questions about the Virtual Reference Library
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