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Reference Online

Your library membership provides you with free access to a range of online information resources.

Access to Research

Access to the full text of millions of articles and academic papers published in a wide range of leading academic journals.

Ancestry Library Edition

Thousands of sources of information and records to help research your family history including censuses and birth, marriage and death indexes.

Access to Ancestry Library Edition has been temporarily extended to Torbay Library members at home, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry. Home access will be available until the end of September and will be re-evaluated monthly as needed. You will first need to log in to your Torbay Library account on this website with your borrower number and PIN, visit your 'My Profile' page and then you will see the special link to Ancestry Library Edition. Simply click the link to start your family history research.


Lexico is a free resource to help users with everyday language challenges.  Lexico is powered by Oxford University Press free English and Spanish dictionaries and features multi-language dictionary, thesaurus, and translation content. (library card not required).

Naxos Music Library

The entire Naxos catalogue of classical music CDs, available to listen to online.

Oxford Owl

Help your child learn at home with this free online resource from Oxford University Press. Oxford Owl offers free resources to help parent's support their child's learning including help with reading, phonics and maths. (Library card not required).

Which? Online

Consumer product reports and advice guides. Only available in libraries with a subscription to the printed Which? Magazine. Please check availability with your local library.

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