Online library resources

Resources available to library members in our libraries only

Access to research

Discover academic research on multiple topics including health, business and the sciences. Free access to millions of papers published in thousands of journals via a "click in and out" service, with one article printable per search.


Research your family history online at all our libraries. Search from UK Birth, Marriage and Death records, UK Census data, War Records, Parish Registers and much more

British Newspaper Archive

A treasure trove of scanned newspaper pages from UK and abroad dating from the 1700’s to the 1950 and growing each day – search through hundreds of millions of articles in the library and save your results to access from home later.

Find My Past

Find My Past is a UK-based, family history website that includes rare specialist records and millions of parish records dating back as far as 1538. Now includes access to the UK 1921 Census data.

Life in Britain

Learn, practice and revise for the British Citizenship Test.

The British Way of Life

Understand the British way of life. There are over 400 pages of knowledge with links to key websites.

Theory test pro

Practise your driving Theory test online.

Resources available to library members in our libraries and from home

To access these resources, click on the links below or access those indicated on your mobile device via their App. If you have forgotten your PIN code please call us on 01254 661221 or email us at – make sure you have your library card to hand before you do.

Britannica Online

Research your subject at three levels: junior, student and adult

Transparent Language

Learn hundreds of languages for leisure, life and work via your browser or Transparent Language App.

Cotton Town

Explore Blackburn with Darwen's history with photographs, maps, posters and newspaper articles.


Find out what's happening at your library and book related news.

NHS Choices

Information from the National Health Service on conditions, treatments, local services and healthy living.


Find out about reading groups and much more.