Online reference library

Check out these resources at any Trafford Library or at home using your library card. When accessing these resources from home you will be asked for your borrower card number which you need to enter in full including the TRP before the numbers.

Use these resources to search for:


  • Access to Research - students, independent researchers and small businesses can now access many of the world's best academic papers through their local libraries. This is the result of a unique collaboration between librarians and publishers who have made their journal content available for free. This resource is only available when using a public PC in a Trafford library.

Company or business information

  • Ask About Business brings together a wide range of business information. Use if you are a pre-start or new business, jobseeker, consumer, inventor or business student
  • Cobra is a comprehensive and practical resource for anyone looking to start a new business, write a business plan or conduct market research. Users will need to enter their borrower number, including the TRP, when logging into the service

Proquest - newspaper articles

Combined in this one site 'European Newsstream' provides local and regional news coverage whilst 'ProQuest Historical Papers: The Guardian (1821-2003) and The Observer (1791-2003)' provides coverage of older articles. The default searches both databases or click on the ‘Historical Newspapers’ icon to search just The Guardian and Observer. If accessing at home you will need to enter your borrower barcode including the TRP in capitals.

Learn a new language online

Use your library card to sign up to Transparent Language Online and start learning a new language online today. From Afrikaans to Zulu, choose from over a hundred languages to improve your language skills for business or pleasure.

Help passing the driving theory test

Theory Test Pro contains the entire official test question bank and an online version of the Highway Code. With regular updates from the Driving Standard Agency and realistic hazard perception videos, this resource will get you on the road to passing your test. You will need an email address to sign up for an individual account.

Help passing the UK Citizenship Test

Go Citizen!  Study for the Life in the UK Citizenship Test using official materials licensed from the Home Office. There are learning games, study materials for different chapters, and practice tests to help you prepare for the official test. You will need an email address to sign up for an individual account.

Nationality Checking Service

View details of the Nationality Checking Service