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You can still acess your Library even if we are closed, our E- Reference Library is available anyone who has a Lewisham library card.
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Oxford Reference Online

Oxford Reference Online: Premium Collection is a vast online reference library of over 212 titles available 24x7. It combines in-depth content offered by titles in the acclaimed Oxford Companions series with authoritative, quick-reference coverage of the full subject range.

Credo Reference




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 Dictionary of National Biography

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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.

Who was born in Lewisham?
Find out with Oxford DNB

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.

Family History Family History


Ancestry Library

ancestry library edition


Search for your ancestors on the library edition of

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

This collection provides access to thousands of items selected from the John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera, offering unique insights into the changing nature of everyday life in Britain in the eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Categories include Nineteenth-Century Entertainment, the Booktrade, Popular Prints, Crimes, Murders and Executions, and Advertising.



Illustrated London News Historical Archive 1842 to2003

With its debut in 1842 the Illustrated London News became the world's first illustrated weekly newspaper, sparking a revolution in journalism and news reporting. The publication 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.




Academic Papers Academic Papers
Access to Research
Access a wide range of published academic research covering many different subject areas including medicine, art, history and the sciences.
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Oxford English Dictionary Oxford English Dictionary

OED library card access

Use this link to access the OED with your library card.

Know UK Know UK


KnowUK is the ultimate online library of UK information, with over 128 reference books and information resources

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 Oxford Art Online

The most comprehensive online reference

resource for all aspects of the visual arts worldwide from prehistory to the present day.


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Oxford Music Online

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



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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.

Enquire Enquire


Enquire instantly connects you to library staff trained to help you find answers to your questions. Best of all the service is free and anyone can use it at any time!



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