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24-hour virtual library

If you have an Enfield library card you can access our online resources for free. View our audio and e-books.

  • Law&Rights is a complete legal resource for anyone with a question about the rights and responsibilities associated with living or working in Britain.
  • COBRA is a comprehensive resource providing information on starting, running and managing a small business. It covers a range of industries and has over 4,000 factsheets and local area profiles. To use COBRA for free, contact Enterprise Enfield.
  • Oxford English Dictionary Online is the full text of the world's most comprehensive dictionary.
  • Oxford Dictionaries encompasses an English dictionary, a thesaurus, language dictionaries (including Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish) and grammar rules. It collects, processes and analyses language, including how its changing, its usage, history and how it relates to other languages.
  • Driving Theory Pro - Pass first time is a free-to-try realistic online simulation of the UK's driving theory test. It contains the official test questions, hazard perception video clips and an online version of the Highway Code. It translates into over 40 different languages and is licensed from the Driving Standards Agency (DSA), who set the test.
  • Go Citizen - Citizenship test training is an online study resources for candidates preparing for the Life in the UK or British Citizenship test. This is a comprehensive and proven study package, with an online version of the latest official study materials, licensed from the Home Office, who write the handbook. It also includes hundreds of practice test questions in the same format as the official test.
  • Access to Research has free access to millions of academic articles. Get in-depth information on topics including: art, architecture, business, engineering, history, languages, politics, philosophy, mathematics and the sciences. This resource is only available in Enfield Town and Edmonton Green libraries.
  • Berg Fashion Library is a unique online portal which offers access to an expanding range of Berg content collections, including the full text of the Encyclopaedia of World Dress and Fashion online, e-books, reference works and images. Written by an international team of over 600 renowned scholars, the encyclopaedia and Berg Fashion Library serve as the go-to source for all issues relating to the art and anthropology of costume, dress, and fashion. This resource is updated three times a year.
  • Britannica Online: Encyclopedia Britannica is a great homework, study or research resource with in-depth articles, photos, audio links, videos, diagrams, index, A-Z browse, interesting links, a dictionary and much more for 14 years old and up.
  • Britannica Online: Britannica Student - a version of the Britannica adapted to children aged ten to 14.
  • Britannica Online: Britannica Junior - a version of the Britannica that’s suitable for children aged five to ten. 
  • Oxford Art Online has articles, images and a comprehensive series of links covering painting, sculpture, architecture, decorative arts, textiles, jewellery, design and furniture.
  • Oxford Reference Online - Premium Collection is a compendium of over 175 subject dictionaries, plus the World Encyclopedia, offering unrivalled coverage of everything from art to accountancy, politics to physics and computing to classics.
  • Oxford Music Online has articles and sound clips covering musicians, genres, record companies, music, festivals and songs.
  • UK Who's Who and Who Was Who contains over 33,000 short biographies, continually updated, of noteworthy and influential individuals from all walks of life, worldwide. Approximately one thousand new entries are added every year.
  • Who Was Who contains over 100,000 entries from the archives of Who's Who dating back to 1898, the definitive roll-call of the last 150 years of British history.
  • Very Short Introductions is the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. It offers books for students and scholars, and the avidly curious, offering a bridge between reference content and higher academic work. All titles provide intelligent and serious introductions to a huge range of subjects, written by experts in the field who combine facts, analysis, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make challenging topics highly readable.
  • Alison Courses offers free online courses from the world's leading publishers. This includes over 300 courses in computers, IT, literacy, languages, health and safety, and liberal arts and sciences. All courses contain audio, video, online quizzes and assessments. After successfully completing these courses, you will be able to download a Certificate of Completion.
  • Community Learning with Enfield Libraries - if you wish to learn the basics of using a PC, try the free Learn My Way Page. If you have the basics but wish to improve your skills, try Alison.
  • Universal Skills is an online resource providing over 30 guided learning hours of content. Subject covered include basic computer skills (mouse, keyboard, creating e-mail accounts), job search (create a CV and covering letters) and Universal Job Match (creating a personal account, job search and activity history). You can print out your own reports of activity that can be given to your advisors showing employability activity.
  • Future Learn offers free online courses from the world’s leading universities and institutions (including the British Council, the British Film Institute and the European Space Agency). Courses cover a broad and diverse range of subjects including science, language, teaching, history and literature.
  • Transparent Languages Online is a language learning resource featuring more than 80 languages. You can learn reading, writing, speaking and listening skills from a native speaker. There are also courses included for English as a second language. (Requires speakers, headphones and a microphone if you want to record yourself.)
  • The Times Digital Archive has the full text of every article to appear in the Times newspaper from 1785 - 2008. Access is limited to two concurrent users and so may not be available at all times.
  • Financial Times Online gives you free access to five years’ worth of Financial Times business statistics and analysis. It can only be used in Enfield Libraries.

Zinio - Magazine Reader

We've recently updated our subscription and you can now see Zinio's top 100 magazines. We also provide unlimited access to our archive, which you can even view on a mobile device.

New: Zinio for Libraries iPhone and Kindle Fire HD/HDX apps to download and read offline. 

Install the Zinio for Libraries app from your app store to download and read offline using your Zinio for libraries account credentials.

If you have created an account on Zinio prior to 1 April 2015, you need to register again by selecting the 'Create New Account' option. Enter the same e-mail address and password you previously used to retrieve your account information. Android and iPad Zinio for Libraries apps are already available. If you’re using a portable Apple device to read your Zinio magazine, Safari will not display it. You need to use an alternative browser.

British Newspaper Archive

The British Newspaper is a partnership between the British Library and brightsolidonline publishing to digitize up to 40 million newspaper pages from the British Library's vast collection over the next 10 years. New pages are added every day from hundreds of local and regional newspapers from across the UK and Ireland. Get a real sense of Britain's history. Read it today, as it happened.

It includes pages from newspapers published up to 1950, concentrating mainly on post 1800 material but some editions as early as 1716 are available.

What can you search?

  • News Articles
  • Family Notices
  • Letters to the editors
  • Obituaries
  • Advertisements
  • Illustrations

Only available at Local Studies

Investors Chronicle has been helping investors make their money work harder for over 150 years. independent coverage of the UK stock market. Library access only.