E-resources at the Library

Collections - Posted 03-10-2022


The National Library of Wales offers users a wealth of electronic resources, right at your fingertips. The Library subscribes to a wide range of these resources, varying from online newspaper archives, scholarly journals, encyclopaedias, reference resources and genealogical resources:

You will need to join the Library but once you have done you can use your ID and password in order to gain access to these resources remotely, as long as you have a postal address in Wales.

Newspapers are an essential research resource for our users. They record birth and marriage announcements, death notices and obituaries as well as news articles about incidents and achievements. They can provide greater detail and photographs to enhance research and capture the attitudes of the time. By becoming a Library user, you can gain access to the following titles:

The Times Digital Archive 1785-2010

The Sunday Times Digital Archive 1822-2006

The Guardian and The Observer 1791 – 2003

The Telegraph Historical Archive 1855-2000

Daily Mail Historical Archive 1896- 2004

Independent Digital Archive 1986-2012

Illustrated London News

British Library 19th century newspapers

British Newspaper Library

Newsbank – a current newspaper service which usually gives access to yesterday’s copy of UK newspapers (including many from Wales) and going back several years before that.

We also of course have many newspapers from Wales that we have digitised ourselves. These are freely available to anyone in the world and you are welcome to consult these at any time, without registering. Welsh Newspapers Online currently lets you search and access over 1,100,000 pages from nearly 120 newspaper publications generally up to 1910.

Online scholarly materials are available to our users via the Library’s subscriptions to Sage Journals and JSTOR. Between them, these resources provide access to over 900 journals, and 12 million journal articles, books, images and primary sources. This high-quality, peer-reviewed material covers a wide range of subjects, and has proven to be invaluable to students and researchers.

The Library also subscribes to a number of different reference resources. These include resources such as Credo Reference, Oxford Reference Online, and Britannica Academic, all of which provide access to millions of articles, biographies, videos and images. These resources include materials from

a variety of different educational levels, and can be useful for primary/secondary schools pupils to university students alike.

We also provide access (within the Library only) to Ancestry and Find my Past, two resources that are invaluable to today’s genealogists. They include extensive coverage of the United Kingdom, Ireland and the United States, including census, church, court, military and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada, Europe, Australia and other areas of the world. In addition to these, they offer useful services such as a Family Tree Builder, and message boards for members.

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