As a library member, you can browse the e-reference collection on your device.

Choose from the resources below and when prompted, login with either your library card number, or the last 10 digits of your smart card* (or National Entitlement Card*).

National Library of Scotland eResources

The National Library of Scotland offers a range of free to access e-resources. Their digitised collections include maps from all over the world, manuscripts, books, photos, music scores, and Scottish films. If you reside in Scotland you can access other resources remotely by registering as a member of the National Library of Scotland.

Oxford Dictionaries Premium

Oxford Dictionaries Premium is a comprehensive language resource that provides up-to-date online dictionaries, thesauruses, language, and culture reference content.

This resource also provides language learning support and guidance on style and usage, grammar, and spelling. With a comprehensive writing skills section, a vocabulary builder, and additional English grammar resources, Oxford Dictionaries Premium offers expert guidance for all levels of users, from learners to linguists. Start using Oxford Dictionaries Premium today with a Culture Perth & Kinross Library card.

Learning to Drive

Theory Test Pro is a realistic online simulation of the UK’s driving theory test. It contains the official practice test question bank, hazard perception video clips and an online version of the Highway Code.  Theory Test Pro is licensed by the DVSA.
Access to Theory Test Pro is completely free within any of our libraries and can also be accessed from home with a Culture Perth & Kinross Library card.


Discover a world of published academic research at your local library. Free, walk-in access to over 30 million academic articles at any Culture Perth and Kinross Library. Students and independent researchers can now access many of the world’s best academic papers from leading publishers who have made their journal content available for free. Start now by viewing which articles and journals are available from home, then visit your local Culture Perth and Kinross library where you can view the full text. Library members can access Access to Research for free from library computers (or when connected to our library wireless network).

Research People and Individuals

If you are a member of a UK public library you can access Oxford Bibliographies in Victorian Literature and British and Irish Literature for free by logging in with your library card. Every article on Oxford Bibliographies is a respected guide to current thinking in that area, written and reviewed by experts, and with original commentary and annotations. Please note that you will need to precede your card number with the word ‘perth’ (in lowercase) when logging in.


Ancestry is the world’s largest online library of family history information. There are record collections from the UK, USA, Canada, Europe, Australia and other areas, as well as historical census, Birth, Marriages and Deaths, military, immigration and parish records.

Library members can access Ancestry for free from library computers (or on a laptop when signed in to our library wireless network).

We are also delighted to provide free online access from home for anyone wishing to search Ancestry’s Perth & Kinross Collections. Please be aware this only includes records provided to Ancestry by Culture Perth & Kinross, and other collections are protected by a paywall. You will be asked to create a free registered guest account with Ancestry to see the full search results. To access the Perth & Kinross Collections search page visit: https://www.ancestry.co.uk/s108848/t43897/rd.ashx

Images, Music and Art

Explore over 490,000 images, movies and sounds from world-class museums, galleries, libraries, archives and the media. See the Pathfinder Packs for images on specific topics for easy use in schools or for private study.  Topics cover a huge range including the Picts, Ancient Egypt and Post War Scotland. These quality images can be downloaded (for non-commercial use) to create attractive visual inserts in text, and even individual cards and calendars.

Newspapers, Statistics and Encyclopaedias

Based largely on information supplied by each parish church minister, the Statistical Accounts of 1791-99 and 1834-45 provide a rich record of wealth, class and poverty, climate, agriculture, fishing and wildlife; population, schools, and the moral health of the people. Free access from library PCs.