Online library services at home

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ebooks and eaudio

We have a large selection of ebooks and eaudiobooks to read or listen to. They are all available from the BorrowBox website and app.


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, comics and newspapers

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


Choose from over 3000 different titles that you can access on your computer, tablet or smartphone, including:

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

How to access


You can access 1500+ digital titles including titles on:

  • Marvel
  • Disney
  • Star Trek 
  • Star Wars

How to access


Access the full text of 1000+ daily, weekly, and monthly newspapers from over 100 countries (and in 60 languages), including 166 local, regional and national UK titles.

Available titles include:

  • Bath Chronicle 
  • Bristol Post 
  • Daily Mail 
  • Daily Mirror 
  • Daily Telegraph 
  • Guardian Independent 
  • Observer 
  • Western Daily Press and hundreds more!   

Titles are always available on the day of publication, including supplements   

Up to 3 months of back issues are available for most titles

How to access

  • Libby website - sign up - for desktop and mobile users
  • download the free Libby app from the Apple Store or Google Play - for smartphone or tablet users

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.