Use our free online resources

Library members can use our online resources for free, such as encyclopedias, biographies and academic research. You'll need your library card number to log in to most of these.

About our free online resources

To use most of our free online resources, you'll need to log in with your library card number.

You can use some resources in our libraries only, and some on other devices anywhere you like.

If you're not a member yet, you can find out how to join our libraries

Business and careers information

Find a large range of business and industry databases to help you start and grow your company including COBRA, Kompass and Mintel.

Daily newspapers and magazines

Magazines, comics and graphic novels

Access over 3,000 eMagazines and a selection of eComics through the Libby app.

You can read an unlimited amount of these with no waiting lists. Download the Libby App on Android or iOS or for access on a website visit in your Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge (Chromium) browser. 

Find out how to borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks

Historical newspapers

  • Times Digital Archive - digital copies of the Times newspaper (London) from 1785 to 2019, on the Gale Databases website
  • British Newspaper Archive - Local regional newspapers from Britain and Ireland dating from 1603, access in libraries only, you can make a free account and save your searches

Classical music concerts, ballet and operas

  • - watch free recordings of live concerts, follow the link, click 'log in' on the top right-hand corner of the page, select 'Brighton & Hove Libraries' and enter your library membership number and click 'go'

Academic research and resources

  • Access to Research - academic articles about various topics including art, history, politics and science, access in libraries only
  • The New Oxford Shakespeare - all Shakespeare's works, in old English and modern text, including comparisons


Consumer information

  • Which? - reports, buying guides and the magazine's research, access in libraries only - ask a member of staff to log you in

Dictionaries and encyclopedias


  • Theory Test Pro - online simulation of the UK's driving theory test with official test questions, hazard video clips and the Highway Code. 

To access, register online with your name, email address and choose a password. 

Family history and genealogy


Go to the Findmypast website to find information on:

  • birth, marriage and death records
  • censuses
  • military records
  • local newspapers from Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, the US and Canada

You can use this resource for free on any of our library computers.

Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland - browse the ultimate reference work on family names in the UK

British Newspaper Archive search regional newspapers for your ancestors.

Birth, death and marriage records - these records for the city are available at our register office

History, art and music

Music streaming service

Freegal gives you access to millions of songs from thousands of artists and albums which you can stream and download.

You can download the Freegal app on Google Play or the App store, visit the Freegal Music website.

Once you have logged in using your library card number and PIN, you can stream up to 5 hours of music a day and download 3 new tracks a week to keep.

UK citizenship

  • GoCitizen - study resource for candidates preparing for the Life in the UK Test, or British citizen test

To access, register with your name, email address and choose a password.