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Devon Libraries provides you with free access to a range of online information resources.

Available from any Devon Library

Access to Research

Access to the full text of millions of articles and academic papers published in a wide range of leading academic journals.


Which? Online

Consumer product reports and advice guides. Only available in libraries with a subscription to the printed Which? Magazine. Please check availability with your local library.


Available from any location

You will need your library card number to access these services if using them on your own computer or other device.


Ancestry Library Edition 

Thousands of sources of information and records to help research your family history including censuses and birth, marriage and death indexes.

Access to Ancestry Library Edition has been temporarily extended to Devon Library members at home, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry. Home access will be available until the end of December 2021 and will be re-evaluated monthly as needed.

You will first need to log in to your Devon Library account on this website with your borrower number and PIN, visit your 'My Profile' page and then you will see the special link to Ancestry Library Edition. Simply click the link to start your family history research.


COBRA (Complete Online Business Reference Adviser)

An online business information resource that contains over a thousand small business factsheets, guides and sector-specific reports. This resource is one of a range of services provided by our Devon Business and IP Centre. 


John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera

Digitised images of posters, handbills, broadsides, pamphlets, book and journal prospectuses, popular topographical prints, and printed advertising material from the eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  Please note, to view the images you will need to download the pdf as Flash is no longer supported on most devices.



Lexico is a free resource to help users with everyday language challenges.  Lexico is powered by Oxford University Press free English and Spanish dictionaries and features multi-language dictionary, thesaurus, and translation content. (library card not required).


Naxos Music Library

The entire Naxos catalogue of classical music CDs, available to listen to online.


Oxford Bibliographies

Access to the Oxford Bibliographies of British and Irish Literature and Oxford Bibliographies of Victorian Literature. 


Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Thousands of biographies and portraits of the people who shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond. 


Oxford English Dictionary

The largest English language dictionary available, tracing the history and meaning of more than 600,000 words. 


Oxford Owl 

Help your child learn at home with this free online resource from Oxford University Press. Oxford Owl offers free resources to help parent's support their child's learning including help with reading, phonics and maths. (Library card not required).


Oxford Reference Online
A large online reference library of subject dictionaries, encyclopaedias and companion guides published by Oxford University Press. 


Oxford Very Short Introductions

10 books providing an overview of a specific subject, such as The Earth, Planets, Twentieth-Century Britain, Contemporary Art.