Digital library

The resources in your Digital Library are free of charge. You just need your library card to access this.

24 hour reference resources

Access at home or in a library

19th Century British newspapers

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A wide range of newspapers from 19th Century Britain are available on 19th Century Newspapers .

The site includes regional newspapers, such as the Leeds Mercury (which covered what is now Calderdale), Bradford Observer, Huddersfield Chronicle and Northern Star. Use the site to see if any of your ancestors are included, especially if they had a political background or were found to be on the wrong side of the law!

The site can be accessed from a Calderdale Library PC, or from home. If at home, enter your Calderdale library card number (without the R) in the box which appears. Then select 'Proceed'.

Top tip: When searching for a phrase or a 2 worded place-name, use apostrophes. For example, 'Hebden Bridge'.

Complete Issues

Complete Issues offers articles, statistics, personal accounts and useful links on a wide range of contemporary issues. The welcome page has a changing selection of relevant, chosen topics. You can also link to a range of Focus Guides, on subjects as diverse as Plastic, Sexual Harassment, Cyberbullying and Refugees. Alternatively, you can use the search to look for information on any other contemporary issue you’re interested in.

While this resource has been developed with High School students in mind, it will be of interest to people at any age and stage.

Complete Issues can be accessed at any Calderdale library PC.

Alternatively, you can access the websites from your home PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone:

If you’re not in a library, you’ll need to enter your Calderdale library card number (without the R at the beginning) as requested.

Access inside a library:  Complete Issues - Library

Access from anywhere else:  Complete Issues - Login

Driving Theory test

Using material licensed from the Driving Standards Agency (DSA), Theory Test Pro is a highly realistic online simulation of the UK's driving theory test.

Theory Test Pro
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When you first use Theory Test Pro, you will need to register with your name, email address and password. This information allows Theory Test Pro to save your test scores so you can follow your progress as you practise for the test. It contains:

  • the official practice test question bank
  • hazard perception video clips
  • an online version of the Highway Code.

eBooks and eAudio books

If you are a Calderdale library member you can download a maximum of 5 titles at a time, with a choice of over 400 free eBook titles, to compatible e-Readers, tablets and PCs.

eBooks and eAudio books

First World War newspapers online

Our libraries service have digitised the Halifax Weekly Courier for the years 1914 to 1918.

This was done to coincide with the centenary of the War - World War One newspapers

From Weaver to Web

The Weaver to Web: online visual archive of Calderdale history site contains around 20,000 digital images illustrating the history of Calderdale.

This includes the pages of the Halifax Courier for the years 1914-1918.

Information 4 Living

National & local links to reliable websites giving information about: benefits; business; health and wellbeing; jobs, careers & skills; rights & citizenship; money.

Information 4 Living

Life in the UK

GoCitizen is an online study resource for candidates preparing for the Life in the UK Test or British citizenship test.

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When you first use, you will need to register with your name, email address and password. This information allows to save your test scores so you can follow your progress as you practise for the test. It includes:

  • an online version of the latest official study materials
  • hundreds of practice test questions in the same format as the official test.

Oxford Reference publications

Oxford Reference publications can be accessed at any Calderdale library computer.

Alternatively, you can access the websites from your home PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone:

Enter your Calderdale library card number (without the R at the beginning) into the 'Card Number' box on screen and select 'Log in'.

Oxford Bibliographies: British & Irish Literature and Victorian Literature
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Research guides combining the best features of an annotated bibliography and a high-level encyclopaedia. Lead researchers to the best available scholarship in these two subject areas.

Oxford dictionaries
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Dictionaries covering 9 languages – and so much more. Test and improve your language skills; get help with grammar, audio pronunciation and letter writing; pick up useful tips. Choose from Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish.

Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland

Containing over 45,000 entries, this is the ultimate reference work on family names of the UK. It includes every surname that currently has more than 100 bearers, along with those that had more than 20 bearers in the 1881 census. Each entry contains a list of variant spellings, an explanation of the name’s origins, lists of early bearers, geographical distribution and, where relevant, genealogical and bibliographical notes.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
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Over 59,000 biographies and 11,00 portraits of people no longer with us - new lives are added every year.

Oxford English Dictionary
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Around 600,000 words, includes blog links, audio pronunciation, puzzles, games and grammar help.

Oxford Reference
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A vast online reference library of 240 Oxford publications, including thesauri, quotations, and timelines, subject based dictionaries from medicine to history, and language dictionaries such as French, Spanish, German, Welsh and Irish.

Very Short Introductions
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These fascinating introductions cover key issues in relation to each of the 10 subjects included. For each subject, there are between 6 and 10 ‘chapters’. Helpfully, each chapter has an abstract at the beginning, summarising its content. Subjects covered are: British Politics, Contemporary Art, Drugs, The Earth, History, Management, Mathematics, Nutrition, Planets and Twentieth Century Britain.


Who's Who

Who's Who is a long-established directory of noteworthy and influential people in the UK. In book format, it is produced annually, while this online version is continually updated.

Who's Who
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When using the resource at home, enter the word calderdale, followed by your Calderdale library card number (without the R), in the 'Library card login' box and select 'Go'.

The directory also includes Who Was Who, which contains over 100,000 entries from the archives of Who's Who, dating back to 1897.

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