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Digital library

Access to free resources in the digital library.

These resources are free to use, you just need your library card to access them.

For any query about the resources that follow:

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24-hour reference resources

Access at home or in a library

19th Century British newspapers

A wide range of newspapers from 19th Century Britain are available on 19th Century Newspapers.

The site includes regional newspapers, such as:

  • Leeds Mercury (which covered what is now Calderdale);
  • Bradford Observer;
  • Huddersfield Chronicle;
  • and the Northern Star.

Use the site to see if any of your ancestors are included. Especially if they had a political background or were found to be on the wrong side of the law!

The site can be accessed from a Calderdale Library PC or from home. If at home, enter your Calderdale library card number (without the R) in the box which appears. Then select 'Proceed'.

Top tip: When searching for a phrase or a 2 worded place-name, use apostrophes. For example, 'Hebden Bridge'.

Complete Issues

You can access this on any Calderdale library PC. You can also access this from your own PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone.

  • It has articles, statistics, personal accounts and useful links on a wide range of contemporary issues.
  • You can also link to a range of Focus Guides on diverse subjects, such as:
    • plastic;
    • sexual harassment;
    • cyberbullying;
    • refugees.
  • You can also use the search to look for information on any other contemporary issue that interests you.

This resource has been made with High School students in mind. It may also interest people at any age and stage.

How to access the website

Credo Reference

This is an easy-to-use tool for starting research.

  • Gather background information on your topic from hundreds of reference titles.
  • Also, there are more than 500,000 images/audio files and over 1,000 videos.

You can access it at any Calderdale library computer. To start your search, visit: Credo reference.

You can also access it at home. Just enter your Calderdale library card number, with capital R at the front in the box that you see.

Theory Test Pro - Driving

This uses material licensed from the Driving Standards Agency (DSA). It is a highly realistic simulation of the UK's driving theory test.

Theory Test Pro

When you first use Theory Test Pro, you will need to register with your name, email address and password.

This information allows Theory Test Pro to save your test scores. This lets you follow your progress as you practise for the test.

It has:

  • The official practice test question bank.
  • Hazard perception video clips.
  • The Highway Code.

eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines and eComics

If you are a Calderdale library member you can download a maximum of six titles.

For more about this, see: eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines and eComics.

First World War newspapers online

Our libraries service have digitised the Halifax Weekly Courier for the years 1914 to 1918.

This was done to coincide with the centenary of the War - World War One newspapers.

From Weaver to Web

The Weaver to Web: online visual archive of Calderdale history site contains around 20,000 digital images illustrating the history of Calderdale.

This includes the pages of the Halifax Courier for the years 1914-1918.

Life in the UK


GoCitizen is an online study resource for candidates preparing for the Life in the UK Test or British citizenship test.

When you first use this, you must 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. It includes:

  • An online version of the latest official study materials.
  • Hundreds of practice test questions in the same format as the official test.

Oxford Reference publications

You can access these on any Calderdale library computer.

You can also access their websites from your own PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone:

  • Enter the word calderdale (lower case);
  • then put your Calderdale library card number (without the R) into the 'Card Number' box and select 'Log in'.

Oxford dictionaries

Dictionaries that cover nine languages and so much more. Test and improve your language skills; get help with grammar, audio pronunciation and letter writing; pick up useful tips. Choose from Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Over 59,000 biographies and 11,00 portraits of people no longer with us - new lives are added every year.

Oxford English Dictionary

Around 600,000 words, includes blog links, audio pronunciation, puzzles, games and grammar help.

Oxford Reference

Oxford Reference, Answers with authority

Nearly 400 dictionaries, Companions and encyclopedias spanning 25 subject areas.

Access in a library


Trace your family history using Ancestry (Library Edition).

This is free to use in any Calderdale library.

British Newspaper Archive

The British Newspaper Archive is an online digital archive. It allows you to explore over 200 years of British and Irish history through the medium of historical newspapers.

Find My Past

Use Find My Past to trace your family history. You can use the website free of charge at the following libraries Central (Halifax), Brighouse, Hebden Bridge, Todmorden.

Research Journals

The Access to Research service offers free access to academic journal articles. This online service is available in all Calderdale libraries.


Get the latest consumer reports online with Which? Magazine at a library near you.

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