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Lewisham Digital Library

Online Resources Online Resources

You can still access your Library even if we are closed. We subscribe to host of useful databases to: help you do home homework, look up facts and do general research.

To use your E- Reference Library all you need is your Lewisham Library card and PIN.

Encyclopedias & Dictionaries Encyclopedias & Dictionaries

Access a vast online reference library containing over 212 titles on a variety of topics including science, history and the arts. It combines in-depth content offered by titles in the acclaimed Oxford Companions series with authoritative, quick-reference coverage of the full subject range.

The Oxford DNB contains 50,000 biographies of people who shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond, from the earliest times to the year 2004.

This is the online version of the famous encyclopaedia. With a world atlas, timelines, comparative country data, international news feeds, and much more. There are sections for students and children.

Credo is a giant online reference library that provides you with access to a selection of 504 reference books.It includes encyclopaedias, dictionaries, thesauri and books of quotations, not to mention a range of subject-specific titles covering everything from art to accountancy and literature to law.
Oxford English Dictionary Oxford English Dictionary
Academic Papers Academic Papers
Access To Research contains a wide range of published academic research covering many different subject areas including medicine, art, history and the sciences.
Family History Family History


ancestry library edition

Search for your ancestors on the library edition of

It contains all the UK censuses from 1841 to 1901, plus births, marriages and deaths.  Available in Lewisham Libraries only.

Local History Local History
John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera offers unique insights into the changing nature of everyday life in Britain in the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. Categories include Nineteenth-Century Entertainment, the Booktrade, Popular Prints, Crimes, Murders and Executions, and Advertising.
The Illustrated London News1842-2003 presented a vivid picture of British and world events including news of war, disasters, royalty, social affairs, the arts and science. Containing over 260,000 full colour pages, fully searchable and browseable, the ILN Historical Archive 1842-2003 provides users with unprecedented access to the entire run of this unique historical record.
Ebooks, Magazines & Newspapers Ebooks, Magazines & Newspapers

Access eBooks, Magazines and Newspapers for free on your phone or tablet.

Download the app to access eBooks, eAudio through our subscription to Overdrive. There are over 7000 books in the collection. We have classics, horror, sci-fi as well as all the latest chart toppers. If you are stuck for something to read, look out for our inspiring displays. There are never any late fees as the books are automatically returned at the end of the loan period.

RB Digital
Download the app to get free access to over 500 audio books, 200 comics, 660 magazines titles and their back issues too. Browse your library's collection of popular magazine titles with no holds and no limit to the number of magazines you can download. It also requires that you create a username and password.  If you are having problems with this please contact them directly.

Press Reader 
Download the app to access 6000 newspapers from over 100 countries in 60 languages.


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Oxford art Online contains the most comprehensive online reference resource for all aspects of the visual arts worldwide from prehistory to the present day.








Instant access to the world's premier authority on all aspects of music


Newspapers Newspapers
News UK provides national and regional news, combining the most popular British newspaper titles in one database. It contains 115 newspapers and magazines. NewsUK is easy to use so you can get a broad range of views on a particular news story and find information on local and national events.



A comprehensive reference source addressing contemporary social issues. With sixty topics to choose from, Issues Online provides a wide range of information including: articles with news and views on each topic, key facts, key statistics, lobby group links, newspaper archives, reference sites, research guides plus assignment/debate suggestions. There are a variety of opinions available on each topic.