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BorrowBox
Download ebooks and audiobooks with BorrowBox
ComicsPlus
ComicsPlus is an online streamed service offering a wide range of unabridged Comics and Graphic Novels.
The service offers unlimited simultaneous 24/7 access to over 19,000 titles from 93 publishers, with content to suit all ages including Manga titles.
E-magazines
eMagazinesRead full digital copies of your favourite magazines for free from your computer, smartphone or tablet.
Learn My Way
Making Online Learning Easy
Making Online Learning Easy
Learn My Way offers courses on a wide range of digital skills. For complete beginners, the Getting Started and Online Basics courses cover learning how to use a mouse and keyboard, using email, finding online information, staying safe online and using public services online. Learners may also do a more advanced course on using health information online. Use the centre code 3454560 when you create a Learn My Way account.
Ancestry
Ancestry Library Edition
Ancestry Library Edition
National birth, marriage and death indexes for England and Wales 1841-1901.
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Virtual Library
Art & Music
Berg Fashion Library
Berg Fashion Library
The Berg Fashion Library is the only online resource to provide integrated text and images on world dress and fashion throughout history.
Oxford Art
Oxford Art
Offers access to the vast content of the newly redesigned Grove Art Online and the complete Oxford art reference collection.
Oxford Music
Oxford Music
The most authoritative music reference source.
Naxos Music Library
Naxos Music Library
A music streaming service with access to a huge range of contemporary classical music, jazz, traditional and world music recordings.
Music Online
Music Online
Provides hours of recordings across all musical genres. Search the whole collection or component parts: Jazz Music Library, Contemporary World Music, Classical Music Library, American Song and the Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries. Also features selected free downloads, record covers, liner notes, biographies, and related materials.
Rock
Rock's Backpages
Is a massive online archive of rock journalism, featuring over 17,000 articles on artists from Elvis to Eminem, the Rolling Stones to the Stone Roses, and Amy Winehouse to the White Stripes.
Encyclopaedias
Encyclopaedia Britannica Library Edition
One of the world's most authoritative reference works. Provides information on Art, History, Geography, Science and many other subjects, supplemented by links to magazine articles and websites. It's also a good source of related illustrations and video content.

Library members can access a choice of three age-specific sections: Junior, Student or Adult.
Encyclopaedia Britannica Junior Library Edition
Encyclopaedia Britannica Junior Library Edition
For ages 5 - 11.
Encyclopaedia Britannica Student Library Edition
Encyclopaedia Britannica Student Library Edition
For Ages 12 - 18.
Encyclopaedia Britannica
Encyclopaedia Britannica
For adults 18 .
Business Information
COBRA
COBRA
All you need to know to run a small business. When prompted please enter MAN followed by your borrower number in the library card number login box.
British Standard Online
British Standard Online
Provides access to the complete collection of Standards.
Kompass
Kompass
Easybusiness allows you to search a database of more than 4 million companies worldwide.
Official Publications Online
Official Publications Online
Offers instant, searchable access to all official UK Government publications including all legislation, parliamentary publications, including Hansard, and command and house papers.
Ask About Business
Ask About Business
Provides access through libraries to information that supports Pre-Start, new and existing business, Jobseekers, Consumers, Inventors and Business students.
Citizenship
Life in the UK Test
Life in the UK Test
An online study resource for candidates preparing for the Life in the UK Test (you will need an email address to sign up for this).
Official Publications Online
Official Publications Online
Gives instant, searchable access to all official UK Government publications.
Driving Theory Test
TheoryTest Pro
TheoryTest Pro
Is an online simulation of the UK's driving theory test (you will need an email address to sign up for this).
Newspaper & Journals
British Newspaper Archive
British Newspaper Archive
Browse the Manchester Evening News 1868-1917, Manchester Courier 1825-1916, Manchester Mercury 1752-1830 and Manchester Times 1828-1900 and many other Lancashire newspapers by registering with your own email address. Only available in Manchester City Council libraries.
The Times Digital Archive
The Times Digital Archive
Delivers every page of The Times newspaper, as published, from 1785 to 1985.
Newspapers Online
Newspapers Online
Full-text content of selected national, regional and international English language newspapers.
(Manchester) Guardian and Observer Archive
(Manchester) Guardian and Observer Archive
Search The Guardian and The Observer (1791-2003).
Dictionaries and Reference
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
An illustrated collection of 50,000 specially written biographies.
Oxford English Dictionary
Oxford English Dictionary
The definitive English language reference dictionary. When prompted please enter MAN followed by your borrower number in the library card number login box.
Oxford Language Dictionaries
Oxford Language Dictionaries
Bilingual dictionaries in French, German, Spanish, and Italian.
Oxford Reference Online
Oxford Reference Online
An unparalleled collection of reference books covers the entire subject spectrum from accountancy to zoology.
Oxford Dictionaries Pro
Oxford Dictionaries Pro
Offers quick search access to definitions of words, phrases, and idioms, with expert guidance on style and usage, grammar, and spelling.

Oxford Biblical Studies Online
Oxford Biblical Studies Online
A comprehensive resource for the study of the Bible and biblical history. A feature is the ability to view selected biblical text side-by-side with the user's choice of commentary and annotations.
Oxford Islamic Studies Online
Oxford Islamic Studies Online
This dynamic resource brings together the best in current scholarship to provide for a more accurate and informed understanding of the Islamic world.
Who
Who's Who?
An essential directory of the noteworthy and influential in all walks of life.
Family History & Local Studies
Ancestry Library Edition
Ancestry Library Edition
National birth, marriage and death indexes for England and Wales 1841-1901.
The Manchester Collection
The Manchester Collection
Is a rich series of records which give details about how Manchester ancestors lived, particularly in the Victorian period. It includes apprenticeship records, private cemetery records, industrial school records, prison registers, school admission registers and workhouse records.

The North West Film Archive
The North West Film Archive
Is one of the UK's largest and longest established public film collections, and is part of the Library Service Special Collections at the Manchester Metropolitan University.
The Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre and Education Trust
The Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre and Education Trust Is a unique library on race, ethnicity and migration, including life stories, resources for schools and rare archival sources .
MALS Church Register List
MALS Church Register List
A list of the registers of over 1500 churches and chapels available for viewing in Manchester Archives and Local Studies.
Spinning the Web
Spinning the Web
A unique collection which tell the story of the Lancashire Cotton Industry.
Manchester Images
Manchester Images
A collection of over 80,000 images of Manchester and its suburbs.
Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society
Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society
Local history books, maps and family history indexes are available to buy
Archives+
Archives+
All information on Archive resources is available on the
Archives & local history homepage.


Greater Manchester Lives
Greater Manchester Lives
Is a catalogue listing over 4,000 archive collections held by local government archive services in Greater Manchester.
Familysearch
Familysearch
Includes IGI (International Genealogical Index) of church registers.
Manchester Burial Records
Manchester Burial Records
The burial registers of Manchester General Cemetery, Harpurhey; Southern Cemetery, Philips Park Cemetery, Gorton Cemetery, Blackley Cemetery and Blackley Crematorium are available on-line. Free access to this service is available in the Manchester Room at City Library. Please ask staff to log you on.
Lancashire BMD
Lancashire BMD
Local indexes of births, marriages and deaths held by register offices in Lancashire.
Oxford Dictionary of Family Names
The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland is an ultimate reference work on family names of the UK, covering English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish, Cornish, and immigrant surnames. It includes every surname with more than 100 bearers, or more than 20 bearers in the 1881 census.
Each records includes the different spellings of the name, an explanation of its origins and how the meanings have changed throughout history, lists of early bearers showing evidence for how it formed and continued down to the 19th century, geographical distribution.
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Access to Research
Access to Research
Access to Research
Contains published academic research,academic journals and conference proceedings.Subjects cover art, architecture, business,
engineering, history, languages, politics, philosophy, mathematics and the sciences.