Other eLibrary services

Other eLibrary Services

Welcome to the Hounslow e-Library page. These online resources are available 24/7, 365 days a year ! You may need to enter your Library Card number to access some of these resources from home.

Ancestry - Start searching for family history records online

A free service provided by your library. Find your long lost relatives... (Available from all Hounslow Libraries computers)

Law & Business

Law & Business summarises statutes and statutory instruments that relate to starting, growing and operating a business in England, Scotland and Wales; including funding, business support and regulation information.

Law & Rights

Relevant and updated daily, Law & Rights is a complete legal resource for anyone with a question about the rights and responsibilities associated with living, working or engaging in life in Britain.

The British Way of Life

The British Way of Life is a comprehensive resource containing all the basic facts and information needed to help new arrivals understand, and succeed in, British life.


Ziptales is a fun on-line resource that uses stories, quizzes and games to make reading a pleasure for children. It includes: - 500 + interactive levelled stories and curriculum aligned English lessons. - Voice overs, animations, videos, follow up comprehension quizzes and much more. - Over 1500 printable worksheets to follow up each story/lesson. - A fun and SAFE online learning environment. - Use in small groups, or individual use at the library AND at home. - Access online anywhere from any device including computer, laptop, iPads, tablets and more.

European Newsstream

Search and access information from UK national and regional newspapers, and also European newspapers. Each issue of each newspaper is indexed thoroughly to enable you to find top news stories and also information contained in the various sections of the papers.

COOCS – Community Open Learning Courses

COOCs have been developed to help people from all walks of life to share learning and create opportunities for personal development.

Access to Research

The Access to Research service is a new initiative to give free, walk-in access to a wide range of academic articles and research in public libraries across the UK. *Available from library PCs only.*

London Business Portal

London Business Portal offers information and support for people wanting to start their own business and for those who are running a business. Training and networking events are promoted here

Universal Skills

Universal skills is a guide to help with Universal JobMatch and Universal Credit. It includes information on job hunting from CVs/covering letters to interviews and starting work. There is also help with improving basic IT skills.

Digital Unite: Computer & Internet Guides

Getting started with computers and the Internet can be difficult. To help you on your way, here are links to useful guides produced by Digital Unite. Whether you want help with setting up Skype, online shopping or email, there’s something here for you.


Hounslow Libraries is proud to offer library members a new online IELTS preparation course designed by the British Council: Road to IELTS. This service is currently available remotely or via wi-fi in libraries. It will be available on library computers once they have been upgraded.

Bookmark Your Library

FABLibraries catalogue: more than 150 UK public library catalogues in one place | Ask a Librarian 24/7 Online Enquiry Service | Find a library - find a library near you | Links to advice on benefits, finance, health and work | All at: www.BookmarkYourLibrary.org.uk

Coursera - Education for Everyone

Courses available online from top American & British Universities and all FREE. Learn, Interact, Achieve. Take the World's Best Courses, Online, For Free.

Life in Great Britain - citizenship course

Prepare for your Citizenship test with this free study resource or just browse for help with your school or college work.

Driving Theory Test - Learn & Practice

Theory Test Pro is a highly realistic online simulation of the UK's driving theory test. It contains the entire official test question bank, hazard perception video clips and an online version of the Highway Code.

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