Something for everyone in digital libraries

Catherine Lusted on a world of leisure and learning for Barnet readers

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Barnet Libraries provide a wide array of digital resources, available to you as library members at your fingertips. 

This winter, you can open a world of learning and leisure by accessing your Digital Library. There is something for everyone, from resources to help with homework, study and research, to a world of reading, streaming music and information from some of the world’s leading publishers, all available 24/7. 

These resources are all free to use. You will need your library membership card and your PIN to login and use some of these digital services. It’s free to join the library online and you can start using the digital library straight away. 

The online reference library includes the complete Oxford English Dictionary, the Oxford Reference Library and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Browse the latest edition of Who’s Who and the Britannica Encyclopaedias, including the junior, student, and complete editions provide reliable answers to any queries you may have.

Step into the past and discover your family tree with Ancestry, the popular family history website. You can search for newspaper articles from UK and European newspapers with European Newsstream, an archive dating back to the 1990s. 

Instantly access thousands of eBooks through Libby and eAudiobooks from BorrowBox for plenty of cosy reading sessions this January. These apps are free to download today, and they will help to save money on subscription services.

Stream music for free with Freegal and Medici.TV, a classical music video streaming service which also features concerts, operas and ballets at the click of a button. Catch up on the latest international news with PressReader, where you can read thousands of newspapers and magazines, home and global, on the day of release, from 100 countries in 60 languages.

If you have a new device or know of anyone who may like some assistance, there are plenty of helpful solutions, troubleshooting tips and guidance on how to develop your digital skills in our libraries at our weekly IT sessions. 

Explore a whole new world with the digital library today. Visit www.barnet.gov.uk/libraries to discover more. 

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