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Online reference and information

Accessing the resources

You can access a range of free online reference resources using your library membership.  You will need a Gloucestershire library card with a number that starts with 77 e.g. 771234123x or 7712341234. 

If your card has a different pattern of numbering please contact us using this link: 

Some resources can be accessed from anywhere using library membership, while others can only be accessed from a library computer.  Please see details below.

Resources that can be accessed from anywhere using library membership:

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 that can be accessed from any Gloucestershire library using library membership:

  • 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
  • Find My Past - UK family history records
  • British Newspaper Archive - Register for access to 742 newspaper titles & explore over 200 years of history

Resources that can only be accessed from Cheltenham and Gloucester Libraries:

Resources that can only be accessed from Gloucester Library:

  • FAME - 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.


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