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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.

Arts and Music Arts and Music

Freegal Music is a free music service from Glasgow Libraries. All you need is your library card number and PIN. Freegal offers access to over 11 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalogue of legendary artists. In total the collection is comprised of music from over 28,000+ labels with music that originates in over 80 countries. There is no software to download, and there are no digital rights management (DRM) restrictions.

Click here to start enjoying this service.

Click here to open the user guide.


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 RBdigital

Rock's Backpages
Business and Funding Business and Funding

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


Full 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


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)

Citizenship Citizenship 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.

Family and Local History Family and Local History


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.


New Resource!
We have just added Findmypast, the best place to discover your family’s story, with over 8 billion records and over 11 million historical newspaper pages to explore.

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  

Language and Literature Language and 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.




Transparent Language Online provides access to FREE online language courses

•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.

Newspapers and Magazines Newspapers and Magazines

Access hundreds of historic newspapers from all over Britain and Ireland with British Newspaper Archive





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

You can access RBdigital using the mobile Apps for Apple, Android and Kindle Fire or through a media player on your PC.

You can login using your library card number and PIN

Instructions for using RBdigital can be found here using the App or browser guides

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