Internet, computers and resources
Library members can use the internet on PCs in all libraries.
- Access available on PCs free of charge in all community libraries.
- Free Access is restricted to two hours per person per day (one hour in Central Library to enable us to cope with the demand).
- Wifi is available free of charge in all community libraries.
Search SEDAR, the online library catalogue. Library members can also log in to renew and reserve online, check what they have out on loan and see overdues and reservations.
Zinio is an online service that allows you to download and read digital copies of popular magazines to your computer, tablet or mobile device. There are 80 magazines to choose from and it's completely free!
We're now offering free access to hundreds of eBooks - a brilliant mix of fiction, biographies, real life and children's titles. Find out more about Stirling Libraries eBook collection.
One Click Digital is an online collection of best-selling, classic and award winning audio-titles which can be browsed and downloaded for free. They are compatible with virtually all portable players- including iPods and iPhones and many other devices.
Library Press Display gives you instant Access to over 4000 newspapers from 100 countries in 60 languages. Using Library Press Display is quite easy, enjoyable, and even addictive. When you log into Library Press Display, you are presented with The world in pictures. These are pictures drawn from all of our newspapers and magazines that readers have discovered and are actively viewing.
Comics Plus is our new e-comic service, choose from our collection of titles. All have unlimited simultaneous 24/7 remote access If you already subscribe to the Zinio for Libraries, you can log into ComicsPlus using those login details.
Who else write like? is an established reference web resource and reading promotion tool. It is designed to help anyone who enjoys reading fiction to expand the number of writers they read.
Who Next? When children ask: “Who can I read next?” or “Who writes like my favourite author?”, the answers are here in Who Next…? 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.
Universal Skills is the online resource for people who need help with
"digital literacy" to become PC users , jobseekers and anyone who receives
benefits -including those following the Universal Credit process. The latest
rates of benefits, eligibility, process and Claimant's Commitment are all
covered. There is even a section to help people get the most from their
"touch screen" device.
Ancestry Library Edition
We have subscribed to a popular genealogical website called Ancestry Library Edition. Ancestry is a research tool offering the most comprehensive genealogical information available online. With more than 13 billion records including census data, vital immigration information,photos, maps and much more in 8,000 unique databases. Available FREE in Stirling Council Libraries. (Please note that you will not be able to access it from home)
Transparent Language Online
Transparent Language Online is an online language learning course with a variety of interactive exercises to help you learn. 80 languages are available from Afrikaans to Gaelic and Polish. Library members can login with their barcode and create an account easily
Encyclopaedia Britannica the world famous encyclopaedia gives library users access to hundreds of thousands of articles, biographies, videos and images. It's content has been selected by Britannica's team of contributors and editorial staff who ensure it is properly researched and edited. As a result Britannica is a reliable and trusted source of information.
Access to Britannica is available in 3 versions:
- Britannica Junior – a special version of the encyclopaedia for the young. This version is great for homework and has a good balance of text and images (readership ages 5-11). Take a guided tour of Junior Britannica.
- Britannica Student a simplified version of Britannica at a reading level appropriate for the developing student. Good for helping with assignments (readership ages 12-18). Take a guided tour of Britannica Student.
- Encyclopaedia Britannica Online – the full version with enhanced online features (readership age 18+). Take a guided tour of Encyclopaedia Britannica.
Go Citizen is for people preparing for the Life UK Test or British Citizenship Test. It includes an online version of the latest study materials plus hundreds of practice test questions.
Theory Test Pro
Theory Test Pro is a highly realistic online simulation of the UK's driving theory test. It contains the entire official test question bank, hazard perception video clips and an online version of the Highway Code. All this material is licensed from the Driving Standards Agency (DSA), the people who set the tests.
Also available in a library near you
Scran – part of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland – is a history and culture site which lets you learn by directly accessing images, movies, and sounds. There are one million heritage records from museums, galleries, archives and media.
Statistical Accounts of Scotland
Statistical Accounts of Scotland which cover the 1790s and the 1830s, are among the best contemporary reports of life during the agricultural and industrial revolutions in Europe.
Which? Online – The following libraries have subscriptions to Which? Magazine and the Which? Online website: Balfron, Bridge of Allan, Central, Drymen, Dunblane, St Ninians and Callander. Ask a member of staff to log you in.
Access to research
Access to research to over 10 million Academic articles at participating UK local libraries Get in-depth information on topics including:
art, architecture, business, engineering, history, languages, politics, philosophy, mathematics and the sciences. Ideal for researchers and students, amongst others.