"I think that ultimately over time we really should strive for a place where most information is available online and is searchable."

Marissa Mayer

Blue Mountains Online Resources

Databases | Local Studies | Education | Entertainment

Here you will find online resources for all ages to help with research and home work. Some of these resources, the library subscribes to on your behalf. You will find electronic encyclopaedias and will be able to access recent articles from newspapers and magazines on many topics. Many of these sites can be accessed from the comfort of your home or anywhere else (you will need your membership number). Others (as specified below) can be freely accessed from the library computers.

  • Digitised Local Studies materials are available through the catalogue and can be variously viewed, streamed or downloaded.
  • Our eBooks, eAudiobooks and Beamafilm streaming films will require your membership number for access.
  • Your Blue Mountains Library card also gives you access to the State Library of NSW’s extended suite of eResources. Find out more here.
  • The National Library of Australia also offers eResources. As an Australian resident, you can apply for a library card (they will send the card to you) to access their selected web resources.
  • The Blue Mountains librarians are available to assist with all your information requests.

  • Databases

    Academic Search Premier is a scholarly database with multidisciplinary content providing access to full-text journals, magazines and other resources. For help using Academic Search Premier, see the user guide here.
    In library access only
    Ancestry Library Edition provides you with instant access to a wide range of unique resources for genealogical and historical research. It includes records from the United States Census; military records; court, land and probate records; vital and church records; directories; passenger lists and more! Access from any library PC or on your laptop using our WiFi.
    Find articles on a wide range of topic from Australia and New Zealand specific magazines, newspapers and newswires, reference books, and more.
    In library access only
    While you are within any of the library branches, you will have unlimited access to the millions of scanned pages of newspapers that the British Newspaper Archive site holds. To view pages from the archive, you'll need to register (for free) and be signed in to the service. All the articles you view will be kept in your My Research area – it’s your personal area in which to store and organise your favourite articles.
    A medical encyclopedia for every home, Consumer Health Complete is a full text database of consumer related health and medical content. For help using Consumer Health Complete, see the user guide here.
    The Find Legal Answers website is an easy to use website where you can find current information about the law. The website offers information about housing, going to court, problems with neighbours, shopping, family law, health and more.
    In library access only
    Find My Past Australasia/UK edition: Find your past using family history records. Search 50 million records for the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands and Papua New Guinea. Access from any library PC or on your laptop using our WiFi.
    This site is all about the human impact to the environment. GreenFILE offers well-researched information on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more, from scholarly, government and general-interest publications.
    You can access thousands of primary source documents and informational texts, history periodicals, biographies of historical figures, reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books, as well as images, including maps and historical photos and historical videos. For help using History Reference Center, see the user guide here.
    Get crafty with this eResource offering detailed "how-to" instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast. The content is provided from leading hobby and craft magazines, including Bead & Button, Creative Knitting, FineScale Modeler, Quilter's World and many more. For help using Hobbies and Craft Reference Center, see the user guide here.
    In library access only
    The New South Wales Family History Document Service's Internet History Resources provide you with images of historical documents which contain information which can help you trace people who lived and worked in New South Wales during the period 1850 - 1920. These records complement and build on information you can obtain from the Pioneers and Births, Deaths and Marriages indexes and the Genealogical Research Kit. Access from any library PC or on your laptop using our WiFi.
    This comprehensive, full-text database provides information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes. For help using Literary Reference Center, see the user guide here.
    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. Access from any library PC or on your laptop using our WiFi.
    MasterFILE Complete offers a large collection of popular full-text magazines, journals, and other sources from international publishers, covering many subject area of general interest.
    Book lovers of all ages, NoveList Plus will help you to answer the question of what to read next. It offers 'Recommended Reads' for Kids, Young Adults and Adults. You will find book reviews and information for over 250,000 fiction titles and readable nonfiction titles, 'Author Read Alike' lists, Award Winning title lists, BookTalks, and Book Discussions guides and more.
    Australian and New Zealand Points of View Reference Centre contains a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue. With over 100 topics, it provides a basis to develop persuasive arguments and essays, and helps students build a better understanding of controversial issues and increase their analytical thinking skills. For help using Points of View Reference Centre, see the user guide here.
    A one-stop resource for all science-related research: science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other sources covering biology, chemistry, earth and space science, environmental science, health and medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science and society, scientists, technology and wildlife. For help using Science Reference Center, see the user guide here.
    In library access only
    Standards Australia Online offers a comprehensive online collection of International and Australian standards, many with full text coverage. Access from any library PC or on your laptop using our WiFi.
    The State Library of NSW eResources include access to local and international newspapers, encyclopaedias, eJournals, eMagazines, online databases and eBooks.
    Trove helps you find and use resources relating to Australia. It is more than a search engine. Trove brings together content from libraries, museums, archives and other research organisations and gives you tools to explore and build. It gives you access to digitised newspapers, journals, images, letters, diaries, maps and more. It will also help you locate books held in Australian libraries

    Local Studies Online

    Statistical tools, links to local studies resources, community information and information about the Blue Mountains
    Blog Articles
    To enrich your research, the Local Studies Blog articles have been added to the catalogue. Find articles on a range of topics related to Blue Mountains places and people. These articles are full text searchable.
    Fact Sheets
    Essential Blue Mountains history information is now readily available to download in convenient PDF fact sheets. Topics include “Origin of Blue Mountains town names”, “Blue Mountains yowie” and “The Explorer’s Tree”. These fact sheets are full text searchable.
    Historic Newspapers
    The catalogue now provides links to our collection of digitised historic newspapers held on Trove. The publications are from 19th and 20th century and represent a number of Blue Mountains, Sydney and regional publications.
    Oral History
    The oral history collection brings together over 100 interviews which can be streamed directly from the library catalogue. It includes the Speaking of the Past project the Blue Gum Forest Oral History Project.
    Photographs and Postcards
    The Local Studies digitised photograph collection contains over 5,000 jpeg images related to the Blue Mountains. These historic photos and postcards are now available to view and download from the catalogue. Over 900 of these images are hosted on Flickr, giving you the opportunity to leave comments and be part of the conversation.

    Education

    BOSTES was created by the NSW government in 2014 to sustain and improve the already high standards of achievement in NSW schools. BOSTES provides essential resources for all students, including HSC Syllabuses.
    Created by students for students, Bored of Studies provides current year 11 and year 12 students with lots of resources and support to help them succeed during the HSC and beyond.
    When in BM Library click here.
    Elsewhere click here.

    A reference resource that everyone can use! Access age appropriate material from the child-friendly collection through to the adult general reference collection. Students of all ages will find it easy to conduct research, complete homework assignments and work on special projects.
    When in BM Library click here.
    Elsewhere click here.
    A reference resource that everyone can use! Access age appropriate material from the child-friendly collection through to the adult general reference collection. Students of all ages will find it easy to conduct research, complete homework assignments and work on special projects.
    When in BM Library click here.
    Elsewhere click here.
    A reference resource that everyone can use! Access age appropriate material from the child-friendly collection through to the adult general reference collection. Students of all ages will find it easy to conduct research, complete homework assignments and work on special projects.
    Online learning games for 3 to 8 year olds, Busythings is a wonderfully quirky online educational resource! Filled with fun, humourous characters and lively colourful settings, children love to play these fun educational games & activities.
    The drug info @ your library service provides accessible drug and alcohol information. Your local Blue Mountains Library Branch holds books, booklets and pamphlets with information on specific drugs and their effects, information for young people, guides for parents on talking to their teenagers, and where to go for help. You can also access accurate, easy to read information, including an A-Z of drugs and alcohol.
    Online resources designed to provide students with opportunities to optimise their Year 11 and 12 scores.
    Suitable for children aged 3 to 5. Funways makes early learning in reading and maths fun and interactive for all pre-schoolers.
    Suitable for primary school aged children. Learning Space provides animated and interactive learning in literacy and maths with Australian accents organised into three 'Learning Spaces' for Emergent, Early and Fluent readers.
    Literacy Planet is a learn-to-read literacy and numeracy resource for children of all abilities (age 3 and up). Children can create characters and earn rewards in return for completing fun tasks. Literacy Planet focuses on pre-reading skills, phonics, reading, spelling, vocabulary, grammar and comprehension. Basic mathematics and math concepts also included.
    Interactive, engaging and easy to use, Mango Languages is an online language learning system teaching actual conversation skills for a wide variety of languages. It’s the easiest way to learn to speak a foreign language. Accessible anywhere you get online —right through the library’s website. Try it today!
    PK mag is 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. PK is designed to encourage a love of reading and is aimed at 8-12 year olds. It’s a great place to find the next exciting book to read or to see what other primary school kids are getting up to across Australia.
    With 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. Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge.
    A collection of animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks are created by adding animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you.

    Entertainment

    Your Blue Mountains City Library card gives you access to free online streaming of Australian documentaries and indie features from around the world.
    The Library eBook and eAudiobooks collection offers titles to borrow, download and read/listen 24/7. There’s a range of titles available in fiction and non-fiction for adults, young adults and children.
    Read as many titles as you want, for as long as you want, from this eBook collection of over 41,000 fiction and non-fiction titles for adults and children. There is a wide range of subjects and topics covered including Self-Help, Health and Fitness, Games, Crafts and Hobbies, Medical, Cooking and Religion. The collection also features titles on Recreation and Leisure, Geography, Commerce, Finance, The Family, Marriage, Women, Folklore, Social and Public Welfare, and Home Economics. Many titles are available for download for offline viewing.
    Good Reading Magazine online provides information on 'Everything About Books' including book reviews and Australian and International articles, author profiles, stories on writers' houses, bookshops, short stories, book trivia and more.
    Podcasts
    In addition to the digitised portfolio of local studies material, you will also find links to our Listeners in the Mist podcasts, ready to stream directly from the catalogue. This collection of over 50 audio interviews on the themes of reading and writing was recorded from 2010 onwards and features library staff, authors and special guests.
    SpineOut is 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.
    Streaming Films and Videos
    For your enjoyment we have provided links to a variety of promotional videos made by library staff and patrons. These can be streamed via the catalogue. You will also find links to Beamafilm, a database of documentaries and independent films. You will need to enter your library card number to access this streaming service.