We have a range of digital resources available online to help you with your research or homework. Aura Library members can use all of these for free at your local Library and also some of them from the comfort of your home.
To access some of the resources you will need your Library membership number and pin
Business and Consumer
Business journals: UK business titles, including backcopies. Available via the National Library of Wales subscription to Newsbank (see below)
European Sources Online- ESO is a free-access database and information service, which aims to support research and understanding on any matter relating to Europe (Available in the Library only)
Which? Trusted Traders: Searchable database to help find details of local trades that have been assessed by Which?
Which? Online: Consumer reviews – only available in Aura libraries
Books and Reading
Aura Libraries’ catalogue – Search, reserve and renew items available
eBooks: Download the app to access books to read on smartphones, tablets and eReaders.
- RB Digital
eMagazines Download the app to access free popular magazines to your smartphone or tablet
- RB Digital
eComics Download the app to access free comics and graphic novels for all ages.
eNewspapers Download the App to access hundreds of newspapers from around the world onto your smartphones and tablets
eAudioBooks: Download the app to access audiobooks to listen to on your device.
- RB Digital
Newsbank -Provides access to articles from local, regional and national newspapers, and older editions including Daily Post and Flintshire Chronicle. Available via The National Library of Wales subscription service
Project Gutenberg: Over 56,000 eBooks available to download for free or read online. Many titles available in different languages including Welsh
Who Else Writes Like? Designed to help anyone who enjoys reading fiction to expand the number of writers they read, ‘Who Else Writes Like’ answers the perennial question ‘I’ve read all the books by my favourite authors, who shall I read next?
Who Next? When children ask ‘Who can I read next?’ or ‘Who writes like my favourite author?’ Who Next…?’ can help. Writers of children’s fiction are listed with suggestions of other authors who write in a similar way, together with key book and series titles.
Theory Test Pro: The entire DSA question bank, hazard perception clips and an online Highway Code
Hwb Hwb hosts a national collection of digital resources to support learning and teaching for learners aged 3 to 19 in Wales which will be known as the National Digital Content Repository.
Learn My Way Free courses on using a computer, browsing the web, sending an email and finding work online. Tutor led online basics courses are also available in your local Library
Dictionaries, Encyclopedias and Reference
Access to Research: Articles from academic journals and conferences (available for use in the library only)
Credo: Over 600 reference titles and multimedia – Via the National Library of Wales subscriptions see below.
Oxford Premium Dictionaries including Spanish: Expert guidance on grammar, spelling and usage;
Oxford English Dictionary: The full Oxford English Dictionary, over 600,000 words, three million quotations
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Who’s Who and Who was Who – Via National Library of Wales subscriptions
Oxford Research Encyclopedia – 100’s of research papers covering a variety of disciplines
Oxford Reference: 100 ready reference titles and thousands of images
Encyclopedia Britannica Online Brings together the world-renowned content of the encyclopedia, with the speed and convenience of the Internet.
Britannica Student – Age group 12-18
Britannica Junior – Age group 5-11
Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru GPC is the only standard historical dictionary of the Welsh language. It presents the vocabulary of the Welsh language from the earliest Old Welsh texts, through the abundant literature of the Medieval and Modern periods, to the huge expansion in vocabulary resulting from the wider use of Welsh in all aspects of life in the last half century
The Welsh Academy English-Welsh Dictionary Online in 2007 the Welsh Language Board obtained a licence to publish a digital version of the Dictionary, to ensure that this important resource is easily accessible to people who speak, read and write the Welsh language daily and to show the richness of the language to those who are learning it.
Family History and Local Studies
Ancestry Library edition: Family history resource with access to public records from around the world. Available for use in the library only
British Newspaper Archive: access hundreds of historic newspapers from all over Britain and Ireland, via the National Library of Wales
Flintshire Archives: Access the online catalogue and Indexes for Flintshire Record Office
Find My Past: Family history resource with access to public records from England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. Available for use in the library only
John Johnson Collection Provides access to thousands of items selected from the John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera, offering unique insights into the changing nature of everyday life in Britain in the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. Categories include Entertainment, Adverts, Crimes, Murders and Executions. To access follow the link enter your library membership number and select Flintshire Libraries from the dropdown box.
People’s Collection Wales A website for you to upload photographs, recordings and documents that hold stories about Wales and its people. They also offer support and training for those interested in digitising large collections and community projects.
Health and Wellbeing
DEWIS Dewis Cymru is the place for information about well-being in Wales.
There is information that can help you think about what matters to you, along with information about local organisations and services that can help.
A one stop portal for all Welsh Libraries – you can find out what’s happening in libraries, search for books, browse a wide range of online resources, join online, locate your nearest library, ask tricky questions, and lots more.
This website has been created and designed as part of the Welsh Government’s support for libraries.
The National Library of Wales
The National Library of Wales has a vast and fascinating array of online digital resources that are available free of charge to all, these include;
- Places of Wales- Search and browse over 300,000 entries from the Tithe maps of Wales and accompanying apportionment documents using original and present-day maps
- Welsh Journals – Access to scholarship from Wales. Back-numbers of up to 50 titles, ranging from academic publications to popular magazines
- Welsh Newspapers -Search and see the Welsh Newspapers collection online, and discover 15 million articles and 1.1 million pages
- Dictionary of Welsh Biography Over 5000 biographies which present Welsh people who made an important contribution to life in Wales and beyond
- Cymru 1914 A digital collection revealing the often hidden history of the First World War, by bringing fragmented primary sources together in a digital archive
For a full list of available online resources visit the National Library of Wales website
If you are over 16 and a residents of Wales can also get free remote access to the digital resources that the National Library of Wales subscribe to including;
- 19th Century BL Newspapers
- Bibliography of British and Irish History
- British Humanities Index
- Credo Reference
- Daily Mail Historical Archive 1896-2004
- House of Commons Parliamentary Papers
- Illustrated London News
- ProQuest Historical Newspapers (Guardian & The Observer)
- Sunday Times Digital Archive
- The Telegraph Historical Archive, 1855-2000
- Times Digital Archive 1785-2010
- Who’s Who? & Who was Who?
To access these visit the National Library of Wales website to register for free and for a full list of the digital resources that they subscribe to.