Online Resources

These online resources cover a range of subjects and information for learning, research and leisure. Many of these resources can be accessed wherever there is an Internet connection using your library membership number. Others (as specified below) are in-library access only.

Digitised Local Studies materials are available through the catalogue and can be viewed, streamed or downloaded. Jump to Local Studies Online.

Ancestry

Contact the library to arrange temporary access from home. Access to a wide range of resources for genealogical and historical research. To get the most out of Ancestry Library Edition visit this guide. this guide.

BeamaFilm

Access to free online streaming of Australian documentaries and indie features from around the world with your library card. When entering your library barcode use a capital 'P'.

Bored of Studies

Created by students for students, this site provides current year 11 and year 12 students with resources and support to help them succeed during the HSC and beyond.

Borrow Box

eBooks and eAudiobooks across a range of collections including adult, children, fiction and nonfiction. To borrow, you will need a Blue Mountains Library membership card and password.
Guide for Smartphones & Tablets
Guide for Computers & eReaders

Britannica Library

When in BM Library click here. Elsewhere click here. Access age appropriate material from the child-friendly collection through to the adult general reference.

The British Newspaper Archive

In library access only. Unlimited access to the millions of scanned pages of newspapers that the British Newspaper Archive site holds. Register for free to sign in.

busythings

Online learning games for 3 to 8 year olds. Filled with fun, humorous characters and lively colourful settings, children love to play these fun educational games & activities.

drug info

This service provides accessible drug and alcohol information. You can access accurate, easy to read information, including an A-Z of drugs and alcohol.

find Legal answers

An easy to use website where you can find current information about the law. Information includes housing, going to court, problems with neighbours, shopping, family law, health and more.

Find my past

In library access only. Find your past using family history records. Search records from over 120 countries including Australasia, the UK, Ireland, North America and the Pacific Islands.

Gale Power Search Platform

You can cross-search the In Context databases and Gale OneFile: News database via the Gale Power Search Platform.

Gale Books and Authors

Answer the age-old question, 'What do I read next?' Search and match reading interests to books, authors, genres, or topics.

Gale Business: Entrepreneurship

Learn how to start, finance, or manage your small business. Includes sample business plans, how to guides, articles, and more.

Gale Business: Plan Builder

Grow, plan, and optimize a business/nonprofit. Utilize development tools and a step-by-step process to build a business plan.

Gale Health and Wellness

Full-text magazines, medical journals, reference works and multimedia. A comprehensive consumer health resource providing authoritative, current information on diseases and disorders as well as alternative medical practices.

Gale In Context: Biography

Discover the world's most influential people by searching narrative biographies, news, magazine, and multimedia content.

Gale In Context: Environmental Studies

Understand environmental issues that affect people globally through topic overviews, journals, news, and multimedia content.

Gale In Context: Global Issues

Analyse news, important global issues and events through topic overviews, multimedia content and international viewpoints.

Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints

Find overviews, news, and opinions on hundreds of today's important social issues.

Gale In Context: Science

Understand context for hundreds of science topics through overviews, journals, news, interactive experiments, and more.

Gale In Context: World History

Uncover information on hundreds of the most significant people, events, and topics in world history from a variety of sources.

Gale Interactive: Science

Manipulate 3D interactive models to visualize and understand concepts in biology, chemistry, earth, and space science.

Gale Literature Resource Centre

Find up-to-date biographies, overviews, full-text criticisms, audio interviews, and reviews on writers from all eras.

Gale OneFile: News

Access major newspapers online to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, or other fields. Includes Australian News Limited and Fairfax newspapers.

National Geographic Virtual Library

Browse this cross-searchable platform for research insight from journalism's most trusted name in exploration and discovery.

National Geographic Kids

Explore amazing adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space. Use this separate link children’s dedicated computers.

Good Reading Magazine

Includes book reviews, author profiles, podcasts, articles, book recommendations and more.

Haynes Car and Motorcycle Manuals

Manuals and video tutorials for many of the most popular car and motorcycles. Go to 'find your institution', enter 'Blue Mountains Library' and enter your library card number.

.id (Informed Decisions)

Local demographic and economic data, population forecasts and interactive demographic maps for councils and regional authorities across Australia and New Zealand.

indyreads

eBooks & eAudiobooks, including fiction and non-fiction, poetry, cookbooks, educational books, local studies resources, and books from independent Australian and international publishers.
Guide for Smartphones & Tablets
Guide for Computers & eReaders.

Internet History Resources

In library access only. The NSW Family History Document Service provides images of historical documents which contain information to help you trace people who lived and worked in New South Wales during the period 1850-1920.

Learning Space 123

Suitable for primary school aged children. Provides animated and interactive learning in literacy and maths with Australian accents organised into three 'Learning Spaces' for Emergent, Early and Fluent readers.

Libby by OverDrive

Offers eMagazines and eAudiobooks for download. To borrow, you will need a valid Blue Mountains Library membership card and password.

Guide for Smartphones, Tablets & PCs

Literacy Planet

A literacy and numeracy resource for children of all abilities. Focussing on pre-reading skills, phonics, grammar, vocabulary, comprehension, spelling, and basic mathematics.

Magpies

In library access only. All about children's books, short stories, traditional literature and poetry from around the world with an emphasis on Australian and New Zealand literature.

Mango

Provides the tools and guidance you need to expand your language skills. Featuring real-world conversations, voice comparisons to perfect pronunciation, listening and reading activities. Via your browser or the free app.

National Library of Australia

The National Library of Australia offers eResources on a variety of topics. As an Australian resident, you can apply for a library card to access their selected web resources.

The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA)

NESA provides essential resources for all students, including HSC syllabus information.

PK mag

A place where primary school students can express their ideas and thoughts and to share your creativity in words, art, film or music. A fun and interactive site. It is designed to encourage a love of reading and is aimed at 8-12 year olds.

Scratch

You can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations - and share your creations with others in the online community. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.

SpineOut

An online magazine for Young Adults, brought to you by the Good Reading team. SpineOut Online is an interactive place where you can express your ideas and thoughts and share your creativity in words, art, film or music.

The State Library of NSW

Your Blue Mountains Library card gives you access to the State Library's extended suite of eResources such as international and local newspapers, eBooks, online databases, eMagazines, eJournals, and encyclopaedias. Find out more here

Story Box Library

Hundreds of online videos of great children's picture books. With tailored classroom notes that are specifically created for the Australian curriculum. Select 'Blue Mountains City Council' and enter your Library card number.

Trove

Access to digitised newspapers, journals, images, letters, diaries, maps and more. It will also help you locate books held in Australian libraries.

TumbleBook

A collection of animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love.