Online Services

East Dunbartonshire Libraries provides a range of Online Information Services which can be accessed free of charge in any East Dunbartonshire library, or at home by registered library members.

The barcode number on your library card is required to access these resources.
For Oxford online resources your library barcode number should be prefixed with EDC e.g. EDC28060123456789.

Oxford English Dictionary

Oxford English Dictionary
The Oxford English Dictionary is widely acknowledged to be the most authoritative and comprehensive dictionary of English in the world. It is also the definitive record of English language development, tracing the evolution of more than 600,000 words over the last 1,500 years through 2.5 million quotations from a wide range of sources.
Please note: your library barcode number should be prefixed with EDC, eg EDC28060123456789.

Oxford Dictionaries

Oxford Dictionaries

Published dictionaries in more than 40 languages, from modern European to classical languages, as well as languages from around the world, including Arabic, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Gujarati, and Swahili. Please note: your library barcode number should be prefixed with EDC, eg EDC28060123456789.


An online version is available to 3 age specific groups. Each version has a home page with appropriate content, features and an interface that has been developed for that age group. They provide access to thousands of articles and illustrations covering most subject areas, a dictionary and thesaurus, a world atlas, quotations, video clips, timelines, country comparisons, the year in review, online journals and news bulletins.


Encyclopaedia Britannica for ages 18 plus

Britannica Student

Britannica Student for ages 12-18

Britannica Junior

Britannica Junior for ages 5-12

Issues Online

A comprehensive reference source addressing contemporary social issues in the UK. A wide range of opinions are expressed on each issue. Sources include fact sheets, newspaper reports and features, journal and book extracts, government reports and statistics, pressure group literature and much more.

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Part of the Royal Commission on the Ancient & Historical Monuments of Scotland, Scran is one of the largest educational online services in the UK, providing digital materials representing Scottish culture and history. The learning resource service hosts 360,000 images, movies and sounds from museums, galleries, archives and the media.

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ScotlandsPlaces allows you to search across three national databases  (Historic Environment Scotland; The National Records of Scotland; The National Library of Scotland) to access historical resources relating to places throughout Scotland. Using geographic locations, enter a place name into the search box, or select a county from the map image to refine your search.

Go Citizen

Go Citizen

If you are studying for the Life in the UK test or British citizenship test this site includes an online version of the latest official study materials licensed from the Home Office, plus hundreds of practice test questions in the same format as the official test. Select the above link and complete the registration details. When you are asked for your library membership number please type the barcode number with no spaces.

Statistical Accounts of Scotland

Statistical Accounts of Scotland 

The two Statistical Accounts of Scotland, covering the 1790s and the 1830s, are invaluable contemporary reports of life during the agricultural and industrial revolutions in Scotland. Learn more about the area in which you or your ancestors have lived, or use this basic source to study the economic and social affect of the world's first industrial nation.

Based largely on information supplied by each parish church minister, the original (First) Statistical Account and the New (Second) Statistical Account provide a rich record of a wide variety of topics: wealth, class and poverty; climate, agriculture, fishing and wildlife; population, schools, and the moral health of the people.

Theory Test Pro

Theory Test Pro

Theory Test Pro is a highly realistic online simulation of the UK's driving theory test. Select the link for the Theory Test Pro websiteand complete the registration to get started. When you are asked for your library membership number please type the barcode number with no spaces.

Access to Research                     

Access to Research   Available in Libraries Only
Over 10 million academic articles are available, free of charge. Students, independent researchers and small businesses can now access many of the world’s best academic papers through their local libraries, a result of a unique collaboration between librarians and publishers, who have made their journal content available for free.


Ancestry  Available in Libraries Only
Ancestry is one of the most popular family history websites, offering access to thousands of searchable databases and valuable record information. Useful resources include: Census Collections for Scotland, England and Wales; Civil Registration Index, England and Wales. Military records; Immigration and Emigration records; charts and forms to help you build your family tree.

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The British Newspaper Archive  Available in Libraries Only
The British Library's newspaper collections are among the finest in the world, containing most of the runs of newspapers published in the UK since 1800. You can find news articles, family notices, letters, obituaries, and advertisements. Search hundreds of millions of articles by keyword, name, location, date or title and watch your results appear in an instant.