24/7 Online Services

A range of excellent, free research resources

You can access all of them directly in the library. All except Ancestry and Access to Research can be accessed outside the library - just enter your library membership number at the prompt (e.g. 24102001234567)

You can browse through newspaper archives and look up words and definitions, synonyms, antonyms, rhymes and a whole lot more!

Access to ResearchAccess to Research

The Access to Research service is a new initiative to give free, walk-in access to a wide range of academic articles and research in public libraries across the UK.
Available from library PCs only.

Ancestry Library EditionAncestry Library Edition

Major family history resource including UK & Ireland Census collections 1841-1901, plus birth, marriage and death records ...and much more. Only available in the library.
Other useful resources: Ancestry Help & Advice Centre, 1881 UK Census, Family Tree Creator


Digital Library Audio & E-BooksDigital Library Audio & E-Books

24/7 access to e-books and e-audio books. You can now borrow books by using the Harrow digital library even when your local library is closed.


Bookmark Your Library Bookmark Your Library 

Part of the Reading Agency's Universal Reading Offer, which includes a national information offer to library customers, is called Bookmark Your Library which gives links to information on subjects including health, benefits, business and employment and access to library catalogues and a 24/7 enquiry service. To find out more look at this website bookmarkyourlibrary.org.uk 
Community information can be displayed in the libraries.
Here is a policy that outlines the criteria used when deciding
what information can be displayed

Britannica Junior

Encyclopaedia Britannica for ages 5-11.


Encyclopedia Britannica

Britannica Student

Encyclopaedia Britannica for ages 12 - 18.


Encyclopaedia Britannica

Encyclopaedia Britannica for ages 18+.


Comics Plus logoComics Plus

  • Access thousands of digital graphic novels and comics with Comics Plus using any PC or device with an internet connection. 
  • You will need your library card number and email address to set up your account. If you already have an account for our Zinio magazine collection you do not need to join again. You can use your existing Zinio login details to access Comics Plus.
  • Items are loaned for one week and can be renewed as many times as you wish.
  • A ComicsPlus Library Edition app is available (here) for iOS.  | The ComicsPlus Library Edition Android App is now available download the app here!
  • Parental guidance: graphic novels and comics on ComicsPlus are suitable for under 18s but some material may be more appropriate for young people aged 13+. Age guidance is available for each magazine.

Digital Library Audio & E-BooksDigital Library Audio & E-Books

24/7 access to e-books and e-audio books. You can now borrow books by using the Ealing digital library even when your local library is closed.


COOCS logoCOOCS – Community Open Learning Courses

COOCs have been developed to help people from all walks of life to share learning and create opportunities for personal development. For more information visit http://coocs.co.uk/


Computer & Internet GuidesComputer & Internet Guides

Getting started with computers and the internet can be difficult. To help you on your way, here are links to useful guides produced by Digital Unite.


Free Online CoursesFree Online Courses

Have you thought about expanding your knowledge by taking some courses? There are several colleges and other website that offer free online courses, certificate programs, some degree programs and education resources.


Law & RightsLaw & Rights

Relevant and updated daily, Law & Rights is a complete legal resource for anyone with a question about the rights and responsibilities associated with living, working or engaging in life in Britain.

Law & BusinessLaw & Business

Law & Business summarises statutes and statutory instruments that relate to starting, growing and operating a business in England, Scotland and Wales; including funding, business support and regulation information.

Life in Great Britain - citizenship courseLife in Great Britain - citizenship course

Prepare for your Citizenship test with this free study resource or just browse for help with your school or college work.


The British Way of LifeThe British Way of Life

The British Way of Life is a comprehensive resource containing all the basic facts and information needed to help new arrivals understand, and succeed in, British life.


European NewsstreamEuropean Newsstream

Search and  access information from UK national and regional newspapers, and also European newspapers. Each issue of each newspaper is indexed thoroughly to enable you to find top news stories and also information contained in the various sections of the papers.


Oxford Reference OnlineOxford University Press

Theory Test Pro (e-car driving course)Theory Test Pro (e-car driving course)

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.


Times Digital ArchiveTimes Digital Archive

This newly upgraded service allows full text searching of The Times newspaper from the first issue in 1785 up to 2006. The search interface has changed and there is more content available. 


Universal SkillsUniversal Skills

Universal skills is a guide to help with Universal JobMatch and Universal Credit. It includes information on job hunting from CVs/covering letters to interviews and starting work. There is also help with improving basic IT skills.
Download the User Guide here.


RBDigital MagazinesRBDigital Magazines

Full digital versions of your favourite magazines to read online. Available from home and on many internet devices.



Ziptales is a fun on-line resource that uses stories, quizzes and games to make reading a pleasure for children.
It includes:

  • 500 + interactive levelled stories and curriculum aligned English lessons. 
  • Voice overs, animations, videos, follow up comprehension quizzes and much more. 
  • Over 1500 printable worksheets to follow up each story/lesson. 
  • A fun and SAFE online learning environment. 
  • Use in small groups, or individual use at the library AND at home. 
  • Access online anywhere from any device including computer, laptop, iPads, tablets and more.