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E-Books & Online Resources

  • The Stirling Libraries team is working with our suppliers to provide you with access to hundreds of resources for free.

  • Stirling Libraries website continues to give you access to your library account. You can check on the books you have out on loan, place a hold on a book you want or renew a book online. Please note, this will need your library card number and pin. 
  • If you are not a library member, you can join online.
  • RBdigital - eBooks, eAudiobooks & eMagazines

  • Sign up for an RB Digital account and you will be able to to borrow ebooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines. You will need your library card number to set up an account and it's easy to register as in our RBDigital guide. See also our RBDigital FAQ.

  • RBdigital has a catalogue of hundreds of titles for your device.

  • You can download six at a time to a home PC or mobile device. The maximum loan period is 21 days. Titles are automatically returned at end of the loan period, meaning no overdue fees or fines. You can also choose to return items earlier and choose another. You can download the RB Digital app from your app store and the system is also compatible with a wide range of tablets and eBook Readers.

  • RBdigital also allows you to download and read digital copies of popular magazines to your computer, tablet or mobile device. There are over 100 magazines to choose from and it's completely free!

  • Sign in to RBDigital (requires username and password)

  • Press Reader

  • Press Reader gives you instant Access to over 4000 newspapers from 100 countries in 60 languages. When you log into Press Reader with your library card, you are presented with the world in pictures. These are pictures drawn from all of our newspapers and magazines that readers have discovered and are actively viewing.

  • Download our Press reader guide and get started!  PressReader FAQ

  • Want more?

  • There are lots of websites which offer free eBooks for download. Due to copyright restrictions most of the material freely available online dates from before 1920. 

  • Internet Archive

  • With 3.5 million items, the Internet Archive Text Archive contains a wide range of fiction, popular books, children's books, historical texts and academic books that are out of copyright or have a Creative Commons license. Read online or download free.

  • Project Gutenberg

  • Project Gutenberg is the oldest provider of free books online. Project Gutenberg offers over 38,000 free eBooks for you to download or read online.

  • Online Resources

  • Ancestry

  • Ancestry Library Edition is a research tool offering the most comprehensive genealogical information available online. With more than 13 billion records including census data, vital immigration information, photos, maps and much more in 8,000 unique databases. Available FREE in Stirling Council Libraries. (Please note you will not be able to access this from home.)

  • Go, Citizen

  • Go Citizen is for people preparing for the Life UK Test or British Citizenship Test. The service includes an online version of the latest official study materials licensed from the Home Office, the people who write the handbook, plus hundreds of practice test questions in the same format as the official test.

  • When you first use, you will need to register with your name, email address and password. There is no charge for this. This information allows to save your test scores so you can follow your progress as you practise for the test. You will also need a valid library barcode number.

  • Theory Test Pro
  • Learning to Drive? With Theory Test Pro you can now practice for the Driving Theory Test, including Hazard Perception in any council library or at home using your library card number.

Theory Test Pro is a highly realistic online simulation of the UK's driving theory test. It contains the entire official test question bank, hazard perception video clips and an online version of the Highway Code. Theory Test Pro's material is licensed from the Driving Standards Agency (DSA), so learner drivers can be assured that the practice questions they are given are from the people who set the official tests.

  • When you first use Theory Test Pro, you will need to register with your name, email address and password. There is no charge for this. This information allows Theory Test Pro to save your test scores so you can follow your progress as you practise for the test. You will also need a valid library card number.
  • Scran

  • Scran aims to advance public education by enabling access to Scotland's culture, heritage and related material. Access over one million heritage records and 490,000 images, movies and sounds from museums, galleries, archives and media. 

  • Transparent Language Online

  • Learn a new language anytime, anywhere! Transparent Language Online provides a fun, effective, and engaging experience for learners of all levels looking to build their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in a foreign language. Combining extensive courses and supplemental resources for over 100 languages, including English, Transparent Language Online is the most complete language-learning system. With mobile apps and enhanced support for Android ™ tablets and iPads, learners can enjoy the freedom to learn at home, in the library, or on the go.

  • Access to Research

  • Access to Research gives free, walk-in access to over 15 million academic articles in participating public libraries across the UK. Students and independent researchers can now access many of the world’s best academic papers from leading publishers who have made their journal content available for free. Start now by viewing which articles and journals are available from home, then find a participating library where you can view the full text.


Last updated: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 2:15 PM