24/7 eLibrary Services
Welcome to the Hounslow e-Library page. These online resources are available 24/7, 365 days a year ! You may need to enter your Library Card number to access some of these resources from home.
Community information can be displayed in the libraries. Here is a policy that outlines the criteria used when deciding what information can be displayed.
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• 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. An Android app is in development. • 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
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.
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.
24/7 access to e-books and e-audio books. You can now borrow books by using the Hounslow digital library even when your local library is closed.
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.
COOCs have been developed to help people from all walks of life to share learning and create opportunities for personal development.
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.
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.*
London Business Portal offers information and support for people wanting to start their own business and for those who are running a business. Training and networking events are promoted here
The Complete Business Reference Adviser COBRA is a comprehensive and continually updated online encyclopaedia and reference resource for anyone looking to start a business, write a business or marketing plan, or conduct research into a new market. Relentlessly updated, COBRA provides critical business facts, compliance and trading details covering hundreds of the most common small business trades, sectors and professions.
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.
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. Whether you want help with setting up Skype, online shopping or email, there’s something here for you.
Explore Hounslow Libraries eBooks, other eBook resources and online versions of your favourite magazines from Zinio here. You can now download a range of eBooks and magazines from this page.
Britannica Online Library Edition contains comprehensive content for everyone – from primary, secondary and college students to business professionals and leisurely learners. Extensive and thorough yet intuitive and fast, this powerful collection delivers trustworthy information that library users need.
Hounslow Libraries is proud to offer library members a new online IELTS preparation course designed by the British Council: Road to IELTS. This service is currently available remotely or via wi-fi in libraries. It will be available on library computers once they have been upgraded.
FABLibraries catalogue: more than 150 UK public library catalogues in one place | Ask a Librarian 24/7 Online Enquiry Service | Find a library - find a library near you | Links to advice on benefits, finance, health and work | All at: www.BookmarkYourLibrary.org.uk
A free service provided by your library. Find your long lost relatives... (Available from all Hounslow Libraries computers)
Definitive reference works including: The Oxford English Dictionary, Who's Who, Foreign Language Dictionaries, and the Dictionary of National Biography.
Courses available online from top American & British Universities and all FREE. Learn, Interact, Achieve. Take the World's Best Courses, Online, For Free.
Prepare for your Citizenship test with this free study resource or just browse for help with your school or college work.
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.
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