Digital library

Use these online databases for your research, study and leisure. Some of these resources will require the use of a current Blacktown City Libraries card to gain access. A small number of these resources have a restricted license for in-library use only and are marked accordingly.

Google Cultural Institute

Features content from over 1200 leading museums and archives who have partnered with the Google Cultural Institute to bring the world's treasures online. [Open access]

Proquest Research Library

Provides information and articles on over 150 subjects including art, film, music, business, news, general research, health and medicine, history, literature, science and technology, and social sciences. [Library membership required]

UbuWeb

An educational resource for avant-garde material, founded in 1996 by poet Kenneth Goldsmith. The site offers visual, concrete and sound poetry, film and sound art. [Open access]

ABI/Inform

A comprehensive business database providing in-depth coverage from thousands of publications, including business, economics, management theories and techniques. [Library membership required]

Academic Search Premier

Access articles and information on many areas of academic study including; biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, psychology and religion. [Library membership required]

Australia / NZ Reference Centre

Access up to date information on current affairs, business, company information, economics, sport and much more. [Library membership required]

Britannica Library Edition

Use your library card to access Britannica's trusted resources including games, images, videos and links to useful websites. [Library membership required]

Busy Things

Play and learn with over 150 fun activities that help children develop skills in problem solving, reasoning, numeracy, communication, language and literacy. Busy Things now includes activities, games and fun for children up to 11 years old. [Library membership required]

Kids eReading Room

Visit the eReading Room to explore the library's eBook collection for children. [Library membership required]
 

Story Box

Watch videos of your favourite Australian stories being read by a diverse group of talented Australian storytellers. [Library membership required]

Sunshine Online

Access over 500 eBooks and over 1000 interactive activities. Sunshine Online is the perfect place for early readers. [Library membership required]

Ziptales

Access over 500 interactive levelled readers, puzzles, games, poems, videos and lessons - all fully aligned to the Australian and New Zealand curricula. [Library membership required]

Blacktown.id

Provides statistical information on the local government area using current and past Census data. [Open access]

Blacktown Memories

Provides access to a growing collection of local historical material including photographs, oral histories and local stories. [Open access]

Community Directory (Lincs)

Provides information on community organisations throughout Blacktown and beyond. [Open access]

Computer School

Access over 10,000 tutorials on topics ranging from Android and Apples devices, Microsoft, Google, social media, internet safety and much more. [Library membership required]

GCFLearnFree

Access easy to follow tutorials on a range of computer and internet topics. [Open access]

Stay Smart Online

Provides simple, easy to understand advice on how to protect yourself online as well as up-to-date information on the latest online threats. [Open access]

Beamafilm

Use your library card to access this streaming service featuring over 300 documentaries and indie feature films. [Library membership required]

BorrowBox

Access a wide range of Australian and international authors in both eBook and eAudiobook format. There is something for everyone. [Library membership required]

OverDrive

Access eBooks and eAudiobooks for all ages. eBooks are also available in Chinese. [Library membership required]

Pressreader

Access thousands of newspapers and magazines. Simply connect to the public Wi-Fi at any Blacktown City Libraries location and visit pressreader.com or launch the PressReader app on your mobile device. [In library access only]

RB Digital Magazines

Access thousands of digital magazines. There are no reservations or loan limits, so you can read whatever you like on any device. [Library membership required]

My Career Match

Take the quiz that helps you discover an ideal career. Gain insight into your strengths and personality type, the qualities you would bring to a job and get useful tips to help you write a winning resume. [Library membership required]

Britannica Library Edition

Suitable for all ages and provides access to images, videos and links to other websites. [Library membership required]

Ancestry Library Edition

Access local and international genealogical and historical resources including: census records; military records; court, land and probate records; immigration collections; and birth, death and marriage records. [In library access only]

Find My Past

Access millions of records including passenger lists, musters and census, church rolls, military service and court records from Australia, New Zealand and Britain. [In library access only]

Internet History Resources

Created with information from State Library of NSW, State Records, and New England Archives, this database contains over 30,000 records of the people who lived and worked in NSW from 1850 to 1920. Note: Some records require an additional paid membership to gain access. [In library access only]

Trove - Digitised Newspapers

Created by the National Library of Australia, Trove provides access to over 490 million Australian resources including books, images, historic newspapers, maps and more. [Open access]

 

Academic Research Premier

Access articles and information on many areas of academic study including; biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, psychology and religion. [Library membership required]

Australia / NZ Reference Centre

Access up to date information on current affairs, business, company information, economics, sport and much more. [Library membership required]

Britannica Library Edition

Suitable for all ages and provides access to images, videos and links to other websites. [Library membership required]

Choice Magazine

This database provides online access to Choice Magazine and product reviews conducted by Choice. [In library access only, see library staff] 

Directory of Open Access Journals

Access over 9,000 freely available journals covering all areas of science, technology, medicine, social science and humanities. [Open access]

Hobbies & Craft Reference Centre

Provides detailed "how-to" instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast. [Library membership required]

Master File Premier

This database provides thousands of articles, along with photos, flags and maps, and over 81,000 primary source documents on a wide range of subjects including business, education, general science, health and more. [Library membership required]

ProQuest Research Library

Provides information and articles on over 150 subjects including art, film, music, business, news, general research, health and medicine, history, literature, science and technology, and social sciences. [Library membership required]

Trove

Created by the National Library of Australia, Trove provides access to over 490 million Australian resources including books, images, historic newspapers, maps and more. [Open access]

Blacktown City Council Business Papers and Minutes

Access important Council information. [Open access]

Hansard and NSW State Parliament

Everything you need to know about the NSW State Parliament. [Open access]

Independent Social Security Handbook

An independent guide to social security services in Australia including; payments, benefits, means tests, pensions and more. [In library access only]

Consumer Health Complete

Access information on a range of health related topics. [Library membership required]

Drug Info @ Your Library

Access valuable information regarding recreational and illicit drugs. This resource is managed by State Library of NSW and the NSW Department of Health. [Open access]

Mental Health Coordinating Council

Access information on mental health. [Open access]

Ancient and Medieval History Online

Explore important wars, peoples and the cultures of Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Also includes Medieval Europe, Asia and the Islamic Empire up to 1500AD. [Library membership required]

History Reference Centre

Designed for secondary schools and undergraduate research, this database features full text for thousands of primary source documents and informational texts. [Library membership required]

Internet History Resources

Created with information from State Library of NSW, State Records, and New England Archives, this database contains over 30,000 records of the people who lived and worked in NSW from 1850 to 1920. Note: Some records require an additional paid membership to gain access. [In library access only]

Modern World History Online

Discover world changing people, places and events in the broad expanse of history from 1450 to the 21st century. [Library membership required]

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)

Discover the culture, traditions, language and stories from the past and present of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Access research resources, online exhibitions and digitised collections. [Open access]

The Lowitja Institute

The Lowitja Institute is Australia’s national institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research. Access research, tools and resources on areas of priority identified by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. [Open access]

Rediscovering Indigenous Languages

This State Library of NSW project aims to make archival collections relating to Indigenous Australians accessible. The site features historic word lists, records and other documents relating to Indigenous Australian languages. [Open access]

AMES Online English Courses

Online interactive English learning courses for learners at beginner, pre-intermediate, intermediate and advanced levels. Work at your own pace to improve your English skills. [Library membership required] 

Clear Pronunciation 1

Over 1,000 audio and video clips providing comprehensive help for English language learners to recognise and pronounce 43 English phonemes: vowels, consonants and diphthongs. [In library access only]

Road to IELTS

A comprehensive online preparation and practice resource for IELTS. Access over 120 hours of interactive activities, advice videos from British Council experts. [In library access only]

Australian Legal Information Institute (AustLII)

Access Australian and international legal materials, including a law specific search engine, links, Australian cases, law and other legal matters. [Open access]

Find Legal Answers

Developed by Legal Information and Access Centre at the State Library of NSW, this database provides access to current and easy to understand information about the law in NSW. [Open access]

AustLit - Australian Literature Gateway

Access reliable material on Australian literature and storytelling. [In library access only]

Bloom's Literary Reference Online

Have an English assignment? Studying Gothic literature? Learn strategies for writing English essays. Read about the fascinating lives of world-famous writers. Study the most influential works of world literature. [Library membership required]

Literary Reference Centre Plus

Access articles and information on thousands of authors and their works, and cover different styles and literature through the ages. [Library membership required]

NoveList Plus

Look up new works of fiction and nonfiction, discover award winning books, access discussion guides, talks, recommended reads and more. [Library membership required]

The Source

A subject guide to children's literature: books, short stories, traditional literature and poetry from around the world; with an emphasis on Australian and New Zealand literature. [In library access only]

Australia & New Zealand Newsstream

ProQuest Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) Newsstream provides access to leading Australian and New Zealand media outlets including regional and major metropolitan newspapers, and content from ABC and APP newswires. [Library membership required]

Australia / NZ Reference Centre

Access up to date information on current affairs, business, company information, economics, sport and much more. [Library membership required]

Australian Points of View Reference Centre

Need information for a debate? Want to know opposing views on topics such as euthanasia, Australia becoming a republic or climate change? Then take a look here. [Library membership required]

Pressreader

Access thousands of newspapers and magazines. Simply connect to the public Wi-Fi at any Blacktown City Libraries location and visit pressreader.com, or launch the PressReader app on your mobile device. [In library access only]

Directory of Open Access Journals

Access over 9,000 freely available journals covering all areas of science, technology, medicine, social science and humanities. [Open access]

Greenfile

An environmental awareness resource with a focus on the human impact on the environment, including climate change, pollution, recycling, renewable energy and much more. [Library membership required]

HSC Study Lab

Study HSC syllabus content for chemistry, biology and physics through videos, interactive lessons and practice questions. First time users must register with a Blacktown City Libraries card to gain access. [Library membership required]

Science Reference Centre

Provides articles from a range of sources including encyclopedias and covers a variety of topics including; biology, chemistry, environment, health, history of science, life science, science biographies, space and more. [Library membership required]

Australian Building Code Board - National Construction Code

Online access to the Building Code, National Construction Code, and the Plumbing Code of Australia. [Open access]

Standards Australia

A document collection of 6,800 Australian standard specifications, procedures and guidelines designed to ensure quality and establish safety criteria in products, services and systems.  [In library access only]

Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australia's official statistical organisation. Provides high quality and wide ranging statistics on aspects of life and business in Australia. [Open access]

Blacktown.id

Blacktown.id provides statistical information on the local government area using current and past Census data. [Open access]

Studiosity

Studiosity (formerly YourTutor) is an online, free tutoring service for students from years 4 to 12 who are members of Blacktown City Libraries. This service is available Sunday-Friday, 3.00 pm - 10.00 pm (except during Christmas). [Library membership required]