Online library services at home

Our Rhymetimes are on YouTube and you can keep up with our online activities on Facebook and Twitter from our social media feeds page.




You can access historic content for local, regional and national newspapers on the Newsstream service. This includes (and more):

  • The Guardian
  • Daily Mail
  • Daily Mirror
  • Daily Telegraph
  • The Independent
  • Observer
  • Bristol Post
  • Western Daily Press
  • Weston Mercury

You can also search and read complete copies of The Times from 1785 to 2014 in the Times Digital Archive (Newsstream covers 1992-).

The Newsstream service also gives you access to more recent UK newspapers, including local ones.

How to access

You can sign in to the services on the websites below using your library card number. You will need to add NSC before your library card number.

Magazines and comics

You can also access the following services using your Library card on the below websites.


We have 75 magazines online that you can access on your computer, tablet or smartphone, including:

  • BBC Good Food
  • New Scientist
  • Gardeners’ World
  • TV Times
  • Computeractive
  • Economist
  • Good Housekeeping


You can access 1500+ digital titles including titles on:

  • Marvel
  • Disney
  • Star Trek 
  • Star Wars

Ancestry website

To access Ancestry while libraries have limited opening, login to the LibrariesWest website and click on Access to Ancestry Library Edition in the middle of the web page.

Encyclopaedia Britannica

You can access the encyclopaedia, including Britannica Junior for 5-11 year olds, and Britannica Student, for information on thousands of subjects.

John Johnson collection

This online collection houses images of archived items that offer insights into everyday life in the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries.

Visit us

Visit us to access some online services at the library which you may not be able to at home.


For help with our library services, contact us at 

For help finding information online, email