Are you stuck with your homework? Doing a school project? Bolton libraries have lots of online resources which can help you.

Our information resources are easy and free to use. All you need is the eight digit borrower number on your library card. (If you are using a smart card, please enter the eight digit number written on the reverse of the card).

If you are not already a member of the library you will need to join to use some of these resources. Joining the library is easy and doesn't cost you a penny – please see the Join the Library page.

Resources available

Encyclopedia Britannica

This is a great place to start when you need to find out about a subject as it covers almost anything you can think of from Aardvarks to the Zuni (look them up if you don’t know who they are). Britannica contains lots and lots of articles, images, videos, a world atlas, a dictionary, thesaurus and much more.

Issues Online

Issues Online covers a huge range of topics you might need information on for your homework. Subjects like crime and justice, drugs and alcohol, health, human rights and citizenship are all covered. Every topic has news articles, key facts and statistics, opinions from people involved in the subject and even suggestions for topic work and assignments.

Newsbank UK & Ireland

NewsBank gives you access to stories from national and local newspapers. Use this if you want to know what has been said in the papers about someone or something. Many of the papers have stories going back over 30 years.

Oxford Art Online

If you need to know about pictures and paintings, ceramics and sculpture, fashion, furniture, gardening, architecture, graphic design, photography or any other visual art then this is the resource for you. Oxford Art Online lets you see the works of art, as well as read about the people who created them and how they did it. To log in put 'bol' at the beginning of your library card number

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Contains information about anyone who was anyone in British history, from the Romans to 21st Century. It’s great for checking facts like when and where someone was born, finding out about local history, doing school projects and learning about groups of people like the gunpowder plotters. To log in put 'bol' at the beginning of your library card number

Oxford English Dictionary

This great dictionary contains more than 600,000 words. Find out what a word means and where it came from or simply use this to help you with those tricky spellings. To log in put ‘bol’ at the beginning of your library card number.

Oxford Dictionaries Pro

Is it a dictionary? Is it a Thesaurus? It’s all that and more. Oxford Dictionaries Pro can help you with anything from word pronunciation to using words in the right context.

To log in put 'bol' at the beginning of your library card number.

Oxford Music Online

From Mozart to Madonna, punk rock to polka, panpipes to bagpipes, Oxford Music Online has information about anything and everyone to do with the world of music. To log in put ‘bol’ at the beginning of your library card number.

Oxford Reference Online

A brilliant homework resource, Oxford Reference Online has facts and information about all sorts of things from astronomy to zoology. There are pictures, timelines, maps and flags and much, much more! To log in put ‘bol’ at the beginning of your library card number.