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Online reference

Online reference

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.

Encyclopaedia Britannica online

Unfortunately, we are no longer subscribing to Encyclopaedia Britannica online. However, you can access a free, cut-down version on the Britannica website. An excellent resource for secondary school projects is Issues Online. See below for more details.

  • Issues Online website - information issues such as drugs, citizenship and global issues aimed at 14 to 18 year olds - use your library card bar number to access from home 

To help trace your family tree Wokingham, Woodley and Lower Earley Libraries offer onsite access to the Ancestry (family history) website.

You must be at the library to use this website.

Visit our Universal Skills website to see the process of registering for Universal Credit, the necessary steps for job-seeking, and useful skills, such as preparing for interviews. Use your library card number to access from home or in the library.

To access publicly funded academic research, e-journals and conference papers Wokingham, Woodley, Lower Earley, Spencers Wood, Twyford, Wargrave and Finchampstead Libraries offer onsite access to Access to Research website.

You must be at the library to use this website.

Find reviews and Best Buys

As subscribers to Which? magazine, most Wokingham Borough Libraries have access to free online content, as well as the printed copy. Over 700 reports give updated prices and Best Buys monthly in many of the most popular areas, from dishwashers to MP3 players, sat-navs to washing machines.

Find Trusted Traders

Our subscription also allows access to Which? Local and Which? Trusted Traders. From plumbers to plasterers, hairdressers to tree surgeons, this recommendations website has over 125,000 reviews for a range of local businesses. All the reviews are made by Which? members and checked by a team of Which? Local moderators. There's also an archive of all Which? magazine reports since January 2005.

Libraries with a Which? subscription

The following libraries have access to Which Online. Ask a member of staff if you want to use it:

  • Finchampstead
  • Lower Earley
  • Maiden Erlegh
  • Spencers Wood
  • Twyford
  • Wargrave
  • Winnersh
  • Wokingham
  • Woodley






Education and careers

Home and family


Information resources

Telephone directories

  • Phone Book website – online version of the phone book - you can search for an individual or a business
  • Yellow Pages website – online yellow pages - find contact details for businesses in a particular area
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