General Election 2019

The general election will take place on Thursday 12 December 2019. The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on Tuesday 26 November 2019. Are you registered to vote?

Websites for library members

Access To Research

Free, searchable access to a wide range of academic articles and research. Subjects include art, architecture, business, engineering, history, languages, politics, philosophy, mathematics and the sciences.
Available on library computers only

Only one printed copy of an article allowed for research purposes.

Ancestry Institution

Trace your family history using records from England, Scotland and Wales censuses from 1841 to 1911, birth, marriage and death records and UK parish and probate record.
Available on library computers only

British Library Newspapers

From 1800 to 1900 and Times Digital Archive 1785 to 1985.


COBRA includes information for businesses on start-up, legal, employment, marketing, exporting, finance, health and safety, plus exhibitions and events and many useful links in the Local Area Profile.
Available on home and office computers.

Credo Reference

Birmingham Libraries will not be renewing the subscription for the financial year 2019/2020.

Go Citizen

Help with 'Life in the UK' test and British citizenship tests.

Infotrac Newstand

A searchable database of the Birmingham Post, the Evening Mail, the Sunday Mercury and the Sports Argus from January 1998 to 2005. Use Publication Search to search for specific titles.
Also includes The Sun from Jan 1997, Daily Mail from Jan 1996, The Guardian/The Observer from Jan 1996 and The Times/The Sunday Times from Jan 1997.

Midlands Historical Data

Electoral registers and historical directories for Birmingham and surrounding counties

Oxford University Publications

Birmingham Libraries will not be renewing the subscription to OUP online products for the financial year 2019/2020.

Public Information Online

This service has now ceased. A wealth of government information and official publications can be found and freely viewed at,, and

Theory Test Pro

Prepare for your Driving Theory Test with this online test site.

NB If you are experiencing difficulty accessing this site through Internet Explorer, please try a different web browser, for example Firefox or Google Chrome.

The Times Digital Archive

Birmingham Libraries will not be renewing the subscription for the financial year 2019/2020.


Available at the Library of Birmingham and Sutton Coldfield Library. Please ask staff members to log you into the site.

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