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Research 24/7

Research 24/7 Research 24/7

Need some help with your homework or tracing your family history? Need to check the spelling of a word, source a quotation or consult an encyclopaedia? Or find an article that's been published? Or maybe you need support with a start-up or new business. Help is at hand.

If you are a member of Glasgow Libraries you can access our online resources from The Mitchell or your Local Library. You can also use many of them from home or work by entering your library card number. If you're not already a member, join online and you can get access straight away.

Transparent Language Online Transparent Language Online

FREE online language courses from Glasgow Libraries

•Unlimited access to over 100 languages
•English learning for speakers of 25 other languages

The system is fully functional on tablet web browsers and the companion mobile apps for iOS and Android devices make it easy to continue learning at anytime.

Start learning a new language today - for FREE! 

Access to Transparent Language Online is completely free in any Glasgow Library, from home or on a mobile device with a Glasgow Library card.

Theory Test Pro Theory Test Pro

Theory Test Pro is a realistic online simulation of the UK's driving theory test. It contains the official practice test question bank, hazard perception video clips and an online version of the Highway Code.  All this material is licensed from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), the people who set the tests.

Theory Test Pro

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

Access to Theory Test Pro is completely free within any Glasgow Library and can also be accessed from home with a Glasgow Library card.

Try Theory Test Pro is an online study resource for candidates preparing for the Life in the UK Test or British citizenship test. The service includes an online version of the latest official study materials licensed from the Home Office, the people who write the handbook, plus hundreds of practice test questions in the same format as the official test.
When you first use, you will need to register with your name, email address and password. This allows you to save your test scores so you can follow your progress as you practise for the test.

Access to is completely free within any Glasgow Library and can also be accessed from home with a Glasgow Library card.

Homework Help & General Reference Homework Help & General Reference

Encyclopaedias and Dictionaries. Check facts, quotations and historical biographies.


Oxford English Dictionary   Oxford reference Online   Oxford Dictionary of Biography  

Family History & Cultural Heritage Family History & Cultural Heritage


Ancestry brings your family's past to life; census, immigration records, births, death and marriages.

Available in all Glasgow Libraries. For more information see our Family History website

ScranExplore our cultural heritage with Scottish images and media from museums, galleries, archives and media organisations via Scran. Available in The Mitchell.


Business Business

Mint UKBusiness start-up, Marketing lists, Market Research, Intellectual Property, Legislation. Mint UK is available in all Glasgow Libraries. Cobra and BSOL are also available from work or home. 

NEW: Market Research resource IBISWorld is the UK’s
most comprehensive collection of Industry Market Research
and Industry Risk Ratings. Video tutorials are available to guide
you through the reports.


More Business resources and information
available via our Business webpages

British Standards Online British Standards Online
British Standards OnlineFull access to British and adopted European and International standards. Standards determine the goods we consume and the services we are provided with, from the safety of products to quality management procedures


Funding Funding

Grants for Individuals Search for grant givers who provide funding for individuals or groups and increase your fundraising success.

AvaTrustfundingilable in the Mitchell Library (General Services Department)

Newspapers & Magazines Newspapers & Magazines

Access a wide range of current and historical newspapers, journals and magazines with your library card.


Proquest provides access to international, national and regional newspaper titles, as well as journals and magazines, in a single database.



19th Century British Library Newspapers 19th Century British Library Newspapers provides one of the richest collections of primary source material in the world.



ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Scotsman 1817-1950 The Scotsman 1817-1950 provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time.


Current magazines are also available via Zinio

Zinio eMagazines is a great service which lets you read digital copies of your favourite magazines for FREE! Check out magazines through the Glasgow Libraries Zinio page.
Music Music

Rock's Backpages provides an archive of music journalism featuring classic articles and audio interviews.

Current music journals and magazines can be found via Proquest and Zinio

Rock's Backpages
Literature Literature

GALE Literature Resource Center GALE Literature Resource Center provides biographical entries, author portraits, critical essays, reviews, overviews of frequently studied works, and thousands of full-text poems, short stories, and plays using powerful search methods. Ideal for students and teachers alike.


SMS Text Alert Service

When you signup for text alerts, we’ll send you text notifications, letting you know when your requested books are available, alerts for items soon to be overdue and reminders about items which are currently overdue.

How do I sign up for this service? It’s easy!

Log on to your account at and in my profile tick the “SMS notifications” options box. Be sure to check we have the most up to date mobile number for you.

In Your Local Library
Complete the form available at your local library and we will set up the service for you.