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Our online services

East Dunbartonshire Libraries provides a range of online information services which can be accessed free of charge in any East Dunbartonshire library, or at home by EDLC library members.

Online Resources

All you need is the barcode number on your library card to access the following resources:

Transparent Language Online provides a fun, effective, and engaging experience for learners of all levels looking to build their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in a foreign language.

Combining robust courses, supplemental vocabulary, and grammar resources, Transparent Language Online is the most complete language-learning system. With over 110 languages to choose from, including English for speakers of over 30 languages, there is something for every learner. Best of all, with mobile apps for iOS and Android devices, learners can enjoy the freedom to learn at home, in the library, or on the go.

Visit the Transparent Language Online website.

An online version is available to three age-specific groups. Each version has a home page with appropriate content, features and an interface that has been developed for that age group. They provide access to thousands of articles and illustrations covering most subject areas, a dictionary and thesaurus, a world atlas, quotations, video clips, timelines, country comparisons, the year in review, online journals and news bulletins.

Three age groups:

  • Britannica for ages 18 plus
  • Britannica Student for ages 12-18
  • Britannica Junior for ages 5-12

Visit the Britannica website.


In order to access Oxford Dictionaries Premium, your library barcode number should be prefixed with EDC e.g. EDC28060123456789

With up-to-date online dictionaries, thesauruses, and language reference content based on the largest language research program in the world, Oxford Dictionaries Premium is an extensive, integrated, smart-linked English language resource. It offers quick-search access to definitions of words, phrases, and idioms, with expert guidance on style, usage, grammar, and spelling; plus specialist guides for legal and technical writing.

Visit the Oxford Dictionaries Premium website.

A comprehensive reference source addressing contemporary social issues in the UK. A wide range of opinions are expressed on each issue. Sources include fact sheets, newspaper reports and features, journal and book extracts, government reports and statistics, pressure group literature and much more.

Visit the Issues Online website.

Part of the Royal Commission on the Ancient & Historical Monuments of Scotland, Scran is one of the largest educational online services in the UK, providing digital materials representing Scottish culture and history. The learning resource service hosts 360,000 images, movies and sounds from museums, galleries, archives and the media.

Visit the Scran website.

ScotlandsPlaces allows you to search across three national databases (Historic Environment Scotland; The National Records of Scotland; The National Library of Scotland) to access historical resources relating to places throughout Scotland. Using geographic locations, enter a place name into the search box, or select a county from the map image to refine your search.

Visit the ScotlandsPlaces website.

If you are studying for the Life in the UK test or British citizenship test this site includes an online version of the latest official study materials licensed from the Home Office, plus hundreds of practice test questions in the same format as the official test. Select the below link and complete the registration details. When you are asked for your library membership number please type the barcode number with no spaces.

Visit the Go Citizen website.

The two Statistical Accounts of Scotland, covering the 1790s and the 1830s, are invaluable contemporary reports of life during the agricultural and industrial revolutions in Scotland. Learn more about the area in which you or your ancestors have lived, or use this basic source to study the economic and social affect of the world's first industrial nation.

Based largely on information supplied by each parish church minister, the original (First) Statistical Account and the New (Second) Statistical Account provide a rich record of a wide variety of topics: wealth, class and poverty; climate, agriculture, fishing and wildlife; population, schools, and the moral health of the people.

Visit the Statistical Accounts of Scotland website.

Theory Test Pro is a highly realistic online simulation of the UK's driving theory test. Select the link below for the Theory Test Pro website and complete the registration to get started. When you are asked for your library membership number please type the barcode number with no spaces.

Visit the Theory Test Pro website.

Over 10 million academic articles are available, free of charge. Students, independent researchers and small businesses can now access many of the world’s best academic papers through their local libraries, a result of a unique collaboration between librarians and publishers, who have made their journal content available for free.

Visit the Access to Research website.

Ancestry is one of the most popular family history websites, offering access to thousands of searchable databases and valuable record information. Useful resources include: Census Collections for Scotland, England and Wales; Civil Registration Index, England and Wales. Military records; Immigration and Emigration records; charts and forms to help you build your family tree.

Visit the Ancestry website.

Find My Past Britain edition provides access to millions of records from Scotland, England, and Wales including Census Collections, Birth, Marriage, Death and Parish records, Electoral Rolls, Military records, migration records and more.

Visit Find My Past website.

The British Library's newspaper collections are among the finest in the world, containing most of the runs of newspapers published in the UK since 1800. You can find news articles, family notices, letters, obituaries, and advertisements. Search hundreds of millions of articles by keyword, name, location, date or title and watch your results appear in an instant.

Visit The British Newspaper Archive website.