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Online reference - Merton

Merton Memories Merton Memories

Merton Memories website offers access to a unique collection of photographs charting the history of Merton over the past 150 years.

Ancestry online Ancestry online

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.

This search facility is only available in Merton's libraries.

Online Reference

To access dictionaries, encyclopaedias, news archives and other online resources, log in first, then use the search boxes and links on this page.

These are available from any computer with Internet access, but you may have to enter your library card number and PIN when prompted. If you are not yet a member you can join online now.

Britannica Online

Britannica is the world famous encyclopaedia which includes a world atlas, timelines, comparative country data, international news feeds, and much more.

Divided into three easy to use levels: 

Britannica online Junior for ages 5-11

Britannica online Student for ages 12-18 

Britannica online Adult.

Britannica frequently put the “spotlight” which includes quizes and activities on a calendar event or a particular subject at specific times of the year. Access the "Britannica Spotlights" via the 'Reseach and Tools' tab on the Britannica pages.

Oxford Dictionaries

You will need to log in using your library card to each of the Oxford Dictionaries sites to have full access to these resources.


The OED is widely acknowledged to be the most authoritative and comprehensive dictionary of English in the world. It also traces the evolution of more than 600,000 words over the last 1,500 years through 2.5 million quotations.


Oxford Dictionaries Pro - Oxford's innovative current English language resource. Here you will find a Dictionary, Thesaurus, Word Puzzles and Guidance & Tips on English Writing skills.



Language dictionaries online provides you with authoritative, up-to-date translations of all the words and phrases you need, plus a wealth of tools and resources to help you learn and use language more effectively.



The Oxford DNB contains over 60,000 biographies of people who shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond, from Roman times to the 21st century.



Grove Music Online gives instant access to the world's premier authority on all aspects of music.



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



 The New Oxford Shakespeare Online comprises the Modern Critical Edition (with modern spelling), the Critical Reference Edition (with original spelling), and the Authorship Companion. This unique online edition provides the perfect resource for the future of Shakespeare studies.

ZipTales ZipTales


Ziptales helps to make reading FUN!

The online library consists of over 550 interactive stories and activities with voice overs, animations, quizzes, games and more for children aged 4 - 12+ years. Access Ziptales on all devices, iPads, Android tablets, computers and even mobile phones, either at your local library or at home. 

To log on click here.

Who Next Who Next

Who Next…? A guide to children's authors.

An interactive online tool designed to help encourage children and young people to read more widely, by suggesting authors they might enjoy.

The most popular titles by each author are listed and the information is arranged in four age groups: 5-7, 8-11, 12-14 and 14+.

Who else Writes Like Who else Writes Like

Who else writes like…? A reader's guide to fiction authors.

"I've read everything written by my favourite authors, what shall I read next?"

Sound familiar? Well this online resource helps answer that dilemma.