Things to read and listen to
Learn something new
Find My Past (use free at any library)
Access to Research (use free at any library)
Which Online (use free at Central Library)
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.
Choose from over 25,000 eBooks and 5,000 eAudiobook titles. Hundreds of new titles added every month.
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.
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.
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.
Read instantly from a choice of over 4000 newspapers and magazines from around the world.
To use from a computer: 1. go to www.pressreader.com 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).
The world famous encyclopedia online and interactive. Adult, Student and Junior versions make this an ideal resource for homework or study
Stream thousands of tracks and albums from the reputable Naxos Label. When connected, please type your library card number in the box requesting "passcode".
Learn something new today. Over 500 non-credit continuing education courses
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.
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.
British Citizenship Tests
Practice the Citizenship test online.
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.
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 (Use free at an Luton Library)
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 (use free from any Luton Library)
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.