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Driving Theory Test

Research Tools

Find My Past (use free at any library)

Oxford Book of Family Names in Britain and Ireland

Encyclopedia Britannica

Access to Research (use free at any library)

Oxford Bibliographies

Which Online (use free at Central Library)

Online Resources - at home or on the move Online Resources - at home or on the move

Luton Libraries have a wealth of free online resources, many of which are available to your computer, phone or tablet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To begin, just  join the library at any of our branches by showing a valid proof of address. Once you have your library card and pin number, register with the services you want and access them on your device through your usual home or mobile internet connections.

Overdrive eBooks and eAudiobook Library

Choose from over 25,000 eBooks and 5,000 eAudiobook titles. Hundreds of new titles added every month.

RB Digital eAudiobook library

Download over 5000 eAudiobooks by bestselling authors. Powered by the rb digital app for Android. IOS and Windows which also combines access to the eMagazine library.

eMagazine Library 

Over 600 of the most popular highstreet magazines available for desktop or mobile app. A massive range of titles covering all popular subjects. For added convenience, the new rb digital app combines mobile access to both the eMagazine library and the rbdigital eAudiobook library.


Comics Plus

16,000 digital comics to stream in your browser or download to the Comics Plus app. Customers already signed-up to the RB Digital magazines service can login with these details.

Comics Plus

Press Reader

Read instantly from a choice of over 4000 newspapers and magazines from around the world.

To use from a computer: 1. go to 2. Click on "Sign-in", and choose the "Library card" option. 3. Select Luton Cultural Services Trust and login with your library card and pin number.

To use from a mobile device: 1. download the app from your regular app store (Apple, Android, Windows and Blackberry). Visit any Luton library (currently not Marsh Farm) and sign-in to the app using the library WiFi. You can now use the app offsite free for three days. 3. Revisit the library whenever you like to obtain 3 more days of offsite use. (Items downloaded to the device will be available anytime).

Encylopedia Britannica

The world famous encyclopedia online and interactive. Adult, Student and Junior versions make this an ideal resource for homework or study


Naxos Music Library

Stream thousands of tracks and albums from the reputable Naxos Label. When connected, please type your library card number in the box requesting "passcode".

Naxos Music Library

Universal Class

Learn something new today. Over 500 non-credit continuing education courses

Universal Class

Transparent Language

Learn a new language online. Over 80 languages including English as a Second Language. Transparent language uses a flashcard interface, with audio and speech recognition which is ideal for mobile devices on the go.

Transparent Language

Online Driving Theory Test

Are you learning to drive and need to brush up on the questions? Updated regularly for all new tests, includes car, motorcycle, PCV and HGV questions, as well as the video clips for hazard perception.

Online Driving Theory Test

British Citizenship Tests

Practice the Citizenship test online. 

Go Citizen


Oxford  Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland

This huge new dictionary is the ultimate reference work on family names of the UK, covering English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish, Cornish, and immigrant surnames. It includes every surname that currently has more than 100 bearers, and those that had more than 20 bearers in the 1881 census.

Each entry contains lists of variant spellings of the name, an explanation of its origins (including the etymology), lists of early bearers showing evidence for formation and continuity from the date of formation down to the 19th century, geographical distribution, and, where relevant, genealogical and bibliographical notes, making this a fully comprehensive work on family names. Login using your library card number.

Oxford Bibliographies Online

There are two bibliographies to try free courtesy of Oxford University Press British and Irish Literature and Victorian Literature. Login using your library card number.

Resources accessed at any library branch

Find My Past

Luton Libraries has a subscription to FindMyPast - the online family history web site. From any public computer in any Luton library you can search the entire UK census from 1841 to 1911, the indexes to birth, marriages and deaths, many parish registers and many other valuable resources for researching your family history.


Access to Research

Access to Research


Access to Research provides free access to over 1.5 million academic articles. Get information on subjects including: art; architecture; business; engineering; history; languages,; politics; philosophy; mathematics and the sciences. Ideal for researchers and students, amongst others. Now inludes articles from the British Medical Journal.

Resources accessed at Luton Central Library


The Which website can accessed on the public computers at Luton Central Library. Please ask at the first floor enquiry desk to be signed-in.


The library branch may be closed after hours or over the holidays but the digital library is always open!