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Reference books in the library include dictions and thesauri, encyclopaedias, maps and atlases. Each library has subject strengths and specialities.  ​

Edinburgh City Libraries


Edinburgh City Libraries have a great selection of reference resources available with your Library card online, available to those in EH postcodes. These includes high quality, premium resources such as:

  •  Oxford English Dictionary Online
  •  Encyclopaedia Britannica
  •  Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  •  Who's Who - Biographical details of more than 30,000 people, in the UK and worldwide.

See: http://yourlibrary.edinburgh.gov.uk/e-resources​  

You must become a member of the Library to use these resources. Join Edinburgh City Libraries online.


  • British Library Main catalogue
  • Library Hub Discover allows you to search the catalogues of UK university, national and specialist libraries through a single interface. This replaces COPAC and SUNCAT.

  • Government Information

    • Gov.uk​
      Provides a single entry point to UK government information. Search or browse by topic, government organisation or public body.
    • The Scottish Parliament
      Information on the role and activities of the Scottish Parliament.
    • The Scottish Government
      Information on the role and activities of the Scottish Government.
    • The Scotland Office
      The Scotland Office is the Government department charged with ensuring that Scottish interests are represented within the United Kingdom Government. The website includes links to press releases, publications, speeches, and information about ministers.
    • Europa
      The official website of the European Parliament, the Council, the Commission, the Court of Justice, the Court of Auditors and other bodies of the European Union.

      Statistical sources

      • National Statistics: the official UK statistics site
        This is the UK's home of official statistics, reflecting Britain's economy, population and society at national and local level. Summary stories and detailed data releases are published here free of charge. Search by keyword or browse by subject using the "themes" link.
      • Scottish Government Statistics
        Provides access to the statistics and data compiled by the Scottish Government. Subject coverage includes: agriculture & fisheries, crime, demographics, the economy, education, the environment, health & social welfare, transport and tourism. Search by keyword or browse by subject using the thematic headings.
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