Online reference collections

If you are an Argyll and Bute Library member, click on any of the links below for free access to a substantial reference library. You will need the number printed below the barcode on your Library Membership card. If you do not have a membership card, you can ask for one at your local Argyll and Bute Council library. You can also join online.


Britannica Library Junior

Britannica Student

Britannica Encylopaedia - 18+

BRITANNICA ONLINE allows you access to this prestigious reference work.

Britannica Junior (For ages 5 - 11)

Britannica Student (For ages 12 - 18)

Encyclopaedia Britannica (For ages 18+)


Scran SCRAN is a charitable learning resource base with over 360,000 images, movies and sounds from museums, galleries, archives and the media.



This is a trial service with a limited number of simultaneous users – please contact your local library with any comments you have.

When accessing the music streaming service, please ensure you always log-out from the service properly by clicking the red “LOGOUT” button located at the Manual Bar at the top of the screen.

Please note that the following resources are not available remotely from your home computer and can only be accessed on People’s Network computers in your local library.

Ancestory Library Edition Ancestry Library Edition

An online genealogy resource including sources like censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps, and more.

 Access to Research

Access to Research

Discover a world of published academic research at your local library

ExclamationTo access the following resources you will need to enter the word "argyll" followed by your library card barcode number. For example: argyll123456789

Please note that argyll should be all lower case.

Grove Music Grove Music Online:
The leading on-line resource for music research
Grove Art Grove Art Online:
One of the most authoritative sources of information on Art
Who's Who Who's Who and Who's Who Online:
The definitive directory of everyone who’s anyone in Britain, and beyond, today
Oxford English Dictionary Oxford English Dictionary Online:
The definitive record of the English language
Oxford Reference Online Oxford Reference Online:
Fast access to top-quality, authoritative information on every subject - from Art to Zoology!
Oxford DNB Oxford Dictionary of National Biography:
The people who shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond
Oxford dictionaries Oxford Dictionaries online
Oxford bibliographies

Oxford Bibliographies online
Access the Oxford Bibliographies in Victorian Literature and British and Irish Literature here

Very Short Introductions

Very Short IntroductionsThe Very Short Introductions online resource provides the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Access 10 topics free here

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