Access free research resources

Inspire subscribe to a number of online services which you can access free of charge from computers in Nottinghamshire Libraries and remotely from home, work or on the move, using the links below. Just sign in with your library card number.

Unless otherwise stated resources can be accessed through a library PC or from home.  Please note, when use is restricted to Library use only, this is because the supplier does not allow us to provide home access.

If you need any help to access these online services please contact Ask Inspire.

Links to resources

Click on the links below to access a range of free research resources:

Reference resources: (Library Edition) - We hope you have enjoyed almost 2 years of free access to Ancestry at home during the pandemic. This was provided to public libraries to give customers enhanced remote access during library closures and government restrictions. From 4 January 2022 free access will only be available in libraries and Nottinghamshire Archives using your library card number and PIN number. Libraries re-open on 4 January 2022. You can join the library here. Contact Ask Inspire if you have any queries by phone on 01623 677 200.

Access to Research - (Library use only)

British Newspaper Archive - (Library use only)


Oxford Reference

Oxford English Dictionary

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Who's Who and Who Was Who

Citizens and Consumer resources: