Last updated:

28th November 2023

Online reference

Accessing online reference material

We offer free online access for library members to the online resources below. If you are using a library computer you will have automatic access. If you access the site use your library card number to access the service.

  • Freegal Music - Access 15 million songs from thousands of artists. You can download 3 songs per week, and listen to streamed content for up to 3 hours per day. Login to Freegal Music with your barcode and PIN, or download the Freegal Music app from the App Store or Google Play Store, then select your library and log in with your barcode and PIN. Please note: Some of the titles may contain content of a more adult nature. As with all library usage we recommend parents and carers give their child support in choosing appropriate items to match their needs
  • Ancestry Online website - is a family history website with access to census records, births, marriages and deaths records, and much more. You can access Ancestry Online at any of our libraries
  • British Newspaper Archive website – access millions of historic local and national newspapers, dating from the 1700s to the 2000s. Using a library computer, you can set up an account using the 'Register' option, and can then login to search the database, view and save your results. From home, you can login and view your saved pages. (Note: you will have to use a library computer to carry out any further searches.
  • Access to Research website - gives access to publicly-funded academic research, e-Journals, and conference papers. Available at Wokingham, Woodley, Lower Earley, Spencers Wood, Twyford, Wargrave and Finchampstead libraries. You must be at the library to use this website

Which? magazine

Which? magazine is the online version of the consumer magazine, with up-to-date product tests and reviews. Our subscription also allows access to Which? Local and Which? Trusted Traders, giving over 125,000 reviews for a range of local businesses. There's also an archive of all Which? magazine reports since January 2005. You can access Which Online at any of our libraries. Ask a member of staff if you want to use it.

Useful websites






Education and careers

Home and family


Information resources

Telephone directory

  • Yellow Pages website - online yellow pages - find contact details for businesses in a particular area

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