Online books

Find online resources on these websites:

  • British Library webpage containing links to freely available internet sites which are known to contain digitised (and some searchable) arts and humanities text
  • Project Gutenberg offers over 57,000 free eBooks for you to download or read online
  • Bartleby publishes thousands of free classics of reference, literature and non-fiction
  • Explorion for historical travelogues, full texts of classic books, journals of discovery and personal adventures

Online reference sources

  • Access to Research  gives access to a wide range of academic articles and research contained in academic journals and conference proceedings.  Please note, when accessing from home, users are limited to viewing abstracts only. Full texts of articles are only accessible from computers within the library
  • Encyclopaedia Britannica provides instant access to the world's most famous and authoritative source of information. To log in, enter your Dorset library card number - for example: 001234567A. Please note if you have a letter at the end of your card number, it must be upper case.
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography explore the lives of over 55,000 people who have shaped the British past over the last 2,400 years. To log in, enter "DORSET" then your Dorset library card number for example: DORSET001234567A
  • Oxford English Dictionary online (OED) is widely acknowledged to be the most authoritative and comprehensive dictionary of English in the world. To sign in, click the profile icon in the top right corner of the page and choose 'sign in with library card'. Using the 'Find your library' drop down menu, choose 'Dorset County Libraries'. In the box for 'Enter library card number' type DORSET followed by your library card number e.g. DORSET001234567A
  • Oxford Reference Online is the premier online reference product, spanning 25 different subject areas, bringing together 2 million digitized entries across Oxford University. To log in, enter "DORSET" then your Dorset library card number for example: DORSET001234567A

Music online resources

  • Oxford Music Online: award-winning and the ultimate authority on all aspects of music worldwide, from classical to hip-hop and from baroque to blues. To log in, enter "DORSET" then your Dorset library card number for example: DORSET001234567A