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Whether your needs are for research purposes, business support, genealogical or purely recreational, the e-Library can provide the necessary resources to meet your information needs.

Use of these databases is governed by licence agreements. Such agreements may restrict the use of some databases to within the library. Access to the databases outside the library is available by entering your library card number when prompted.

 

Ancestry Library EditionAncestry
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A genealogy research tool which provides instant access to a wide range of unique resources for genealogical and historical research, including:

  • US Federal census collections
  • Birth, marriage & death records collections
  • United Kingdom & Ireland census collections
  • Family & local history collection

 

    Aussie Driver Aussie Driver
    Getting ready to become a new driver in Victoria? This website will help you get ready, pass your learners test, and become a driver. There are free learners practice tests and this year’s official Victoria Driver’s manual! The tests are free and designed to mimic the real Learners Test as much as possible.

     

    AustLII

    AustLii
    Comprehensive source of Australian public legal information -- that is, primary legal materials (legislation, treaties and decisions of courts and tribunals); and secondary legal materials created for public access (law reform and royal commission reports for example) as well as a substantial collection of law journals.

     

    Australian Dictionary of BiographyAustralian Dictionary of Biography
    The Australian Dictionary of Biography is Australia's pre-eminent dictionary of national biography.

     

    ANZRC_PlusAustralia/New Zealand Reference Centre Plus
    Full-text newspaper, magazine and encyclopedia articles focusing on Australian issues.  Includes access to Choice magazine.

     

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    Beamafilm
    Enjoy 24/7 access to an extraordinary collection of award winning and popular documentaries and feature films from around the world.

     

    better healthThe Better Health Channel
    The Better Health Channel (BHC) provides health and medical information to help individuals and their communities improve their health and wellbeing.

     

    books in printBooks in Print
    A directory of current English books, audio & video titles, including publisher, ISBN and pricing details.

     

    BorrowBox Animated gateway GIF LHS Borrowbox
    Borrowbox is a digital library of the latest eAudiobooks and eBooks, featuring a wealth of Australian content.


    Busy Things Play and Learn

    Busy Things
    Busy Things is an online learning resource full of quirky characters: parachuting pink men, dancing robots, a doughnut-eating monkey and many others. It's a fun place to be for children! With hundreds of activities in language, numbers, reasoning, geography and the arts.

     

    logo busycode smallBusyCode
    Learn the basics of coding while having fun with the colourful creatures of Busythings. Tutorials, activities and coding projects introduce the fundamentals of how to create, run and debug simple programs. Ideal for children aged six to twelve.

     

    cloudLibrarycloudLibrary
    cloudLibrary offers access to thousands of eBook and eAudio titles through its range of free easy-to-use apps.

     

    The ConversationThe Conversation
    The Conversation is an independent source of news and analysis that uses content sourced from the academic and research community.

     

    Britannica LibraryEncyclopedia Britannica
    General Encyclopedia with adult, student and junior levels. An excellent resource for school assignments.

     

    Everyday Law

    Everyday-Law
    Helping Victorians better understand the law and their legal system by providing the best, easy-to-understand legal information in one spot.

     

    exploraExplora
    Reliable information for research projects and assignments covering a wide range of subjects including
    art and music, literature, language, arts, geography, history, social studies, world cultures and languages,
    science, technology, engineering, mathematics, health and sports.

     

    findmypastFind My Past 
    At home access temporarily available. Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for login details.
    Research your family’s heritage from the UK, Ireland and Australia

    The records include:

    • Cemetery records
    • Probate, land & court records
    • Migration records
    • Criminal reports
    • Electoral rolls & censuses
    • Directories, Almanacs & Government gazettes
    • Military records 


    Good ReadingGood Reading Hub
    An Australian resource with information on “Everything About Books” including thousands of independent book reviews, author profiles, short stories, book trivia and more.

     

    LearningSpace
    LearningSpaceThis engaging, interactive resource will help your child develop their math and reading skills using a variety of readers, games and activities. Learning Space is designed to suit various levels for your child’s needs and age group.

     

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    All RBdigital eBooks, eAudio and magazines are now available in the Libby app.
    Browse and borrow hundreds of the best Australian and international titles in eAudio, eBooks and magazines all in one app.
    Libby provides simultaneous loans for many titles so you can read or listen right away.

     

      LinkedIn Learning

    LinkedIn Learning (previously Lynda.com)
    Hobsons Bay Libraries provides members free access to LinkedIn Learning, an on demand learning solution designed to help you gain new skills and advance your career. Access over 16,000 video tutorials covering hundreds of business, creative and technology topics from expert instructors and industry leaders.

     

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    Mango Languages
    Mango is an online language-learning system that can help you learn languages like Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian, Pirate, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian and more.

     

    PK Magpk mag
    PK mag publishes primary kids' creative work - short stories, poems, art, craft, reviews, musical performances, science and engineering projects, just to name a few.

     

    PressReaderPress Reader
    Instant access to over 5000 newspapers and magazines, from 100 countries in 60 languages.

     

     

     

    rivers to recognition logoRivers to Recognition resource directory
    A guide to resources about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and people in Melbourne’s western region, Victoria and Australia

     

    spineoutlogoSpineOut
    SpineOut Online is a place where you can express your ideas and thoughts and to share your creativity in words, art, film or music. A fun and interactive site.

     

    Story Box LibraryStory Box Library
    Story Box Library features engaging online stories aimed at Australian primary school aged children.

     

    Studiosity
    StudiosityOn-demand, one-to-one online homework help for primary, secondary and TAFE students, and job skills assistance for adults, from subject specialists online. Available 24  hours a day, seven days a week.  Also available via the Studiosity app.

     

    TroveTrove
    Search the records National Library of Australia for books, images, historic newspapers, maps, music, archives and more.

     

    Victorian Law HandbookThe Victorian Law Handbook
    A practical, plain English guide to the law in Victoria.  The Law Handbook will also help you find legal services in your local area.