Reference and resources
If you need help with homework , tracing your
family history, writing a business plan or preparing for your
driving theory test we subscribe to a wide range of resources to
Most of these will require you to log in with
your library barcode to get into the members' area.
The National Archives
The National Archives is the UK government's official archive,
containing over 1,000 years of history including over 270,000,000
documents that are available on the UK Government Archive. It includes:
- Guides, catalogues and indexes - whether you are looking for a
person, a place or a particular subject.
- Lesson plans and workshops for teachers and students.
- Online exhibitions on historical themes.
- A museum of national treasures.
- Podcasts about news and popular topics.
- Advice on how to use the National Archives in Kew.
Driving theory test
- Theory Test Pro - a
highly realistic online simulation of the UK's driving theory
Business and media
- Ask About Business -
fourteen library authorities in the North West supporting
businesses, job-hunters and consumers.
- COBRA - information and
research resource designed for business advisers and information
Access Newspapers UK - local and national newspapers
from the UK, including: The Manchester Evening News, Bury Times,
Financial Times, The Times, Guardian, Telegraph and more.
How to borrow a British Standard
British Standards can be obtained through our Inter Library Loan
scheme. There's a £3.60 non-refundable charge per standard for this
If you wish to borrow a British Standard you can
place a request. (You'll need to sign in using your library
You'll need to tell us:
- The British Standard title and the Standard number.
- Your name.
- Library membership number.
- Contact number.
You can search the British Standards
website for titles and details.
As we'll be applying for the Standard from
the British Library, we'll be subject to their specific loan rules.
Unfortunately we're unable to renew the loan beyond the date set by
The nearest libraries that subscribe to British Standards Online
You'll need to be eligible to join these libraries before you
can access their British Standards Online services.
If you require any further details please email us at
or call 01706 924971.
Services available on computers in libraries
You can get full access to the following sites on the library
- Ancestry.co.uk - search your family tree.
- United Utilities - street and sewer plans.
library catalogue also has some useful reference resources
including a newspaper index.