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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

Summer Reading Challenge

4-11 year olds can join our Silly Squad for the Summer Reading Challenge 2020.





Thousands of the world’s most popular newspapers and magazines are available for free from Press Reader, including The Guardian, Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, Daily Telegraph, The Independent, Observer, Bristol Post, Western Daily Press, and many more. Titles are from the UK and over 100 countries in more than 60 languages.

You can read or download full digital editions on your computer on the Press Reader website or on your tablet or smartphone using the free app for Android or Apple.

Sign in using your library card number.

Press Reader is available until October 2020.

Search and read complete copies of The Times from 1785 to 2011 in the Times Digital Archive.

See more recent content of UK newspapers including local papers on the Newsstream service. You will need to add NSC before your library card number.

Magazines and comics


Read 75 magazines online including BBC Good Food, New Scientist, Gardeners’ World, TV Times, Computeractive, Economist, Good Housekeeping, Top Gear, SFX, Woman’s Own, Diva, Attitude, on your computer, tablet or smartphone. Register with your library card on the RBDigital website or the app.


1500+ digital titles including Marvel, Disney, Star Trek and Star Wars titles. Register with your library card on the RBDigital website or the app.

Ancestry website

for access to Ancestry while libraries are closed, login to the LibrariesWest website and click on Access to Ancestry Library Edition in the middle of the web page

Encyclopaedia Britannica

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.


Email for help with our library services

Email for help finding information online