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Virtual Library
Our Free virtual library contains hundreds of information and reference books, maps, illustrations and interesting facts to help you with homework or just for fun.
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. 'Click on one of the images below and in the Card Number box type in your library card number.
Encyclopaedia Britannica Junior Library Edition
Encyclopaedia Britannica Junior Library Edition
For ages 5 - 10
Encyclopaedia Britannica Student Library Edition
Encyclopaedia Britannica Student Library Edition
For ages 10 - 14
Encyclopaedia Britannica
Encyclopaedia Britannica
For ages 14+
Dictionaries and Other Reference
Oxford Reference Online
Oxford Reference Online
A compendium of over 175 subject dictionaries, plus the World Encyclopaedia, offering unrivalled coverage of everything from art to accountancy, politics to physics, and computing to classics. Includes the Oxford English Dictionary and Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Online: an illustrated collection of more than 56,600 specially written biographies of the men and women from around the world who shaped all aspects of Britain's past.

Oxford Reference Online , Click on the link or the image and type in your library card number in the Library card number box
Oxford English Dictionary
Oxford English Dictionary
The most comprehensive dictionary in the language. Not only will it give you the full meaning of a word, it also explains its origins, while quotations show the word in use.

Oxford English Dictionary. Click on the link or the image, click on click on sign in and type in your library card number in the Library barcode login.
Oxford Language Dictionaries Oxford Language Dictionaries Online Translate words between English and Chinese, French, German, Italian & Spanish, and hear how the words are pronounced.
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Dictionary of National Biography features thousands of detailed biographies of people either born in Britain or who made significant contributions to British history. The complete text and illustrations of the 2004 printed edition, plus regular online supplements. No-one living is included, but its coverage extends up until 2006 for year of death.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, click on the link or the image and type in your library card number in the Library card number box.
WhoWho's who contains over 33,000 short biographies, continually updated, of living noteworthy and influential individuals, from all walks of life, worldwide. Approximately one thousand new entries are added every year. Who was who contains over 100,000 entries from the archives of Who's Who dating back to 1898: the definitive roll-call of the last 150 years of British history.
Credo PremiumCredo Premium - If you are looking for study help or information on the Arts, Business, Food and Drink, Dictionaries, Biographies, Quotations, Geography, Law, Literature, Medicine, Music, Philosophy, Psychology, Religion, Science, Social Sciences and Technology this site is a must. Very similar to Oxford Reference shelf, but with all other major publishers.
Issues Issues - The UK's first comprehensive reference source on topics such as Crime & Justice, Drugs & Alcohol, Economics and Welfare, Environment and global issues, Family & Relationships, Health & Well-being, Citizenship & Participation, Media, Rights & Discrimination, Science and Health. All printable with 100s of useful links. Ideal for study and general interest.
Oxford Art Online
Oxford Art Online
Contains articles on every aspect of the visual arts from prehistory to the present day. Extensive coverage of World Art, covering various civilisations and cultures. Provides many full-colour reproductions of famous works from its own content and via links to other websites. Alsobiographies of artists, architects, patrons, collectors, dealers, theorists, writers and scholars.

Oxford Art Online, Click on the link or the image and type in your library card number in the Library barcode login box.
Oxford Music Online
Oxford Music Online
Covers all aspects of music, from the earliest beginnings to the present day.Includes biographies, articles on places, instruments, techniques, genres, styles, links to websites, 3-D interactive images of musical instruments, in-depth bibliographies, works lists and audible musical examples from harmony to Handel.

Oxford Music Online. Click on the link or the image and type in your library card number in the Library barcode login box.
Family History The largest family history site online with over 4 billion names in worldwide historical records. This free family history database is not available by remote access. It is available at Romford, Hornchurch and Upminster Libraries.
Find My Past Find My Past This free family history database is not available by remote access. It is available with added 1911 Census at Romford, Hornchurch and Upminster Libraries
Newspapers and Magazines
Newsbank Newsbank An online national newspaper base providing full text articles. It allows you to search a single newspaper from the available titles or a combination. You are also able to limit your search by date.
Times Digital Archive Times Digital Archive The full-text of every article to appear in the Times newspaper from 1785-1985. To log in enter Havering in the Username box and your library card number in the Password box. Please note: access to this resource is very limited, and may not be available at all times.
Zinio Zinio Read your favourite magazines on line for FREE. If you have an iPhone, iPad, PC or Android device you can access this service. All you need is a Havering Library Card. Please read the quick start guide to get started.

Which? With over 50 years experience - Which? has consumer interests at heart. They campaign to protect consumer rights, review products and offer independent advice on a wealth of subjects.

You can now access Which Online from Romford, Hornchurch, Upminster and Harold Wood Libraries. To help you log on, please ask a librarian.To help you log on, please ask a librarian.
Recommended Websites
Recommended websites is a selection of websites of proven quality made by Havering librarians, covering such subjects as Education; Employment and Training; Local Matters; Sports and Games;Travel, What's On, etc.
Ebooks and Audio Books
Ebooks and audio books are now available from Havering Libraries free of charge. All you need is a Library Card and PIN number.
One Click DigitalOne Click Digital Download and listen to audio books
Go CitizenGo Citizen- An online study resource for candidates preparing for the Life in the UK test or British citizenship test. This is a comprehensive and proven study package. It includes an online version of the latest official study materials licensed from the Home Office, the people who write the handbook plus hundreds of practice test questions in the same format as the official test. (You have to register a username and password.)
Business and Legal
COBRACOBRA A comprehensive, practical and continually updated information resource for anyone looking to start a business, write a business or marketing plan, or conduct research into new markets.
CANSCANS A readable and accessible guide to English (& Welsh & Scottish) legislation - a lay person's guide to the law as it affects rights, finance, families, migration etc. Regularly updated by a team of legal experts - the next best thing to consulting a legal professional.

Available from Libraries and home.
LexisPSLLexisPSLNot available by remote access, but can be used in all Havering libraries. LexisPSL helps you get to relevant up-to-date information instantly, providing a cost-effective way to free up time to earn more fees. lt provides online access to practical guidance, Butterworths commentary, cases, legislation, forms and precedents. Practice Areas covered include Company Commercial, Corporate, Dispute Resolution, Employment, Family, Local Government, In-house, Personal Injury and Property.

Available from Libraries only.
NexisDirectNexisDirect This global news and business information database is not available by remote access, but can be used in all Havering libraries. Contains over 20,000 sources of authoritative news, company, financial and market research data. Updated daily!

Available from Libraries only.
Driving Section
Theory Test Pro Theory Test Pro If you are learning to drive a car or a bike, Theory Test Pro is a highly realistic online simulation of the UK's driving theory test. It contains the entire official test question bank, hazard perception video clips and an online version of the Highway Code. All this material is licensed from the Driving Starndards Agency (DSA,) the people who sets the test. It's free to try, so sign up now and find out how to pass your test on your first attempt. (you have to register a username and password.)
Language and Learning
Transparent Language Online Transparent Language Online Now you can start learning any of the 80 different languages that are available on line.

The transparent on line language-learning program contains:

•  Essentials Courses - 33 lessons to get every learner started

•  Byki(TM) Quick Start - 10 lists of key words and phrases for library users with limited learning time

•  Byki Vocabulary - a full library of supplemental vocabulary lists

•  Language Reference - resources to explore higher-level language and culture elements

•  Language and Culture Blogs - designed to add variety and depth to the learning experience

•  Word of the Day - makes language learning part of library users' daily routines

•  Online Social Communities - library users can interact with our online community of over 2 million fans, followers, and friends, all learning language together

•  Pronunciation and Conversation Practice - record, playback, and compare speech to the pronunciation of real native speakers

•  SlowSound Technology - slow down speech to hear every nuance

•  Interactive games - including Four-Square, Game Show, Unscramble, and more!

•  Byki Mobile for iPhone and Android(TM) Devices - allows for language learning on-the-go

•  Proficiency test

Universal ClassUniversal Class has over 500 online non-credit Continuing Education Courses.

Universal Class offers:

•  On Line courses for Library members

•  Over 400 courses which are available to all library members (unlimited library usage)

•  30+ new courses added free-of-charge each year

•  Real instructors that guide the learning experience

•  Video-based lessons with printed transcript

•  Lesson tests, writing and hands-on assignments

•  Collaborative learning environment

•  Certificates of achievement

• IACET certified (International Association of Continuing Education)

•  Remote access and authentication
Latest Events
Latest eventsEvents at Havering libraries from July to September 2014

Cityread London
Cityread London One City Reading Together - A Week In December by Sebastian Faulkes

In Havering our Cityread London events will launch in style with staff dressing up as tube stations!

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Free Wi-Fi in all our libraries
Free Wi-Fi in all our libraries
You can now access the internet for free from your laptops and mobile devices in all Havering libraries - you just need a library card and PIN number. If you have any problems, please ask at the library counter and we'll be happy to help.