Arts, books and music

Music streaming, guides for discovering new authors, and specialised encyclopaedias.

Reference Online is available 24 hours a day, all year round and contains information on a variety of subjects from encyclopaedias to music, biography, news and art. All you need to do is enter your library membership number - the nine-digit number without spaces - after clicking on each title. If you are not already a member you can join the library online.

See a full list of Reference online titles.


Contains a wealth of literary works including over 150,000 full-text poems and 800,000+ poetry citations, short stories, speeches, and plays throughout history.

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Naxos Music Library

Listen to whole discs or individual tracks of genres including classical, jazz, blues, and world music through this streaming service. Choose from over 60,000 CDs. Enter your library card number in the Passcode box at the top left hand of the page.

Naxos Music Library App for Android & iPhone

Naxos provide an app which allows library members to access Naxos Music Library from their Android or Apple mobile device using either WiFi connections or your data plan. To use the app, follow these steps:

  1. Find and download the NML app (via Google Play, iStore, etc.)
  2. Login into Naxos Music Library via the link on, and enter your borrower number.
  3. Click on Playlist.
  4. Click on Sign Up and register (the username and password you create will be used within the app. You cannot use your library card to log into the app).
  5. You can create a playlist within the Naxos Music library website OR just log in to the app and search, browse and stream.

Naxos have also created a Youtube tutorial to guide you through these steps.

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Oxford Music Online

The complete online version of ‘Grove’s Music and Musicians’ with information on classical music, world music, pop and jazz.

Prefix your library card number with "L" when logging in from home.

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Rock's Back Pages

The ultimate archive of music journalism - more than 20,000 classic articles on artists from Aaliyah to ZZ Top, on all genres from rockabilly to hip hop, by the finest music writers of the last 50 years. To access the library please enter your library card number in the 'Login via your library' section on the left of the page.

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