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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.

Articles can be downloaded, emailed, printed or simply just read online

Subject Categories:

Business, Finance, Politics and Law Children eBooks, eFilms
and eMagazines
Health and Wellness Heritage
Home and Lifestyle Literacy, Language and Learning Science and Nature Society and Culture Technology

Business, Finance, Politics and Law

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.

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

AustLIIComprehensive 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.

Aussie Driver aussiedriver2014
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.


Busy Things Play and LearnBusy 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 115+ activities in language, numbers, reasoning, geography and the arts.

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.


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


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

eBooks, eFilms and eMagazines


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


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Borrowbox is a digital library of the latest eAudiobooks and eBooks,
featuring a wealth of Australian content.



Hobsons Bay Libraries' newest eBook and eAudio service, cloudLibrary offers access to thousands of titles through its range of free easy-to-use apps.


RBdigital eAudiobooks (previously OneClickdigital)RBdigital logo
eAudiobooks and eBooks from your favourite authors - download to listen and read anywhere.

RBdigital Magazines (previously Zinio)
Download current issues and back-issues of your favourite magazines... to keep!



Health and Wellness

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.


AncestryAncestry Library Edition   (Note: Only available for use within the Library)
A new 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

britishnewspaperarchivelogoBritish Newspaper Archive  (Note: Only available for use within the Library)
Access hundreds of newspapers froom the UK and Ireland since 1700 for:

  • Family notices
  • Letters
  • News articles
  • Advertisements
  • Illustrations

findmypastFind My Past   (Note: Only available for use within the Library)
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 

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


Home and Lifestyle

Literacy, Language and Learning

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Books in Print   (Note: Only available for use within the Library)
A directory of current English books, audio & video titles, including publisher, ISBN and pricing details.

Clue_DetectiveClue Detective Puzzle Agency
Puzzles including crosswords, codewords and sudoku for fun and brain-health.


Good ReadingGood Reading Hub
An Australian resource with information on “Everything About Books” including thousands of easy to read independent book reviews and lots of interesting Australian and International articles, author profiles, stories on writers’ houses, bookshops, short stories, book trivia and more.


lynda linkedin logoHobsons Bay Libraries provides members free access to Lynda.com, an on demand learning solution designed to help you gain new skills and advance your career. Access over 5,000 video tutorials covering hundreds of business, creative and technology topics from expert instructors and industry leaders.



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.


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General Training
Academic Training
Road to IELTS is a new online IELTS preparation course designed by the British Council. Road to IELTS will allow you to:

  • Practice IELTS listening tasks under timed conditions
  • View sample videos of speaking tests, highlighting good practice
  • Develop techniques and vocabulary for writing tasks 1 and 2
  • Work on authentic texts for the reading test, simulating the real exam
  • Develop vocabulary in areas commonly used in the IELTS exam.

Road to IELTS provides 120 hours of free online self study materials to support both Academic and General Training. Each module contains 12 units based on commonly used IELTS topics, and covers reading, writing, listening and speaking.

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.

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Who Else Writes Like is designed to help anyone who enjoys reading fiction to expand the number of writers they read. It is designed to answer the perennial question, "I've read all the books by my favourite authors, who shall I read next?"

Studiosity (previously YourTutor)

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 Sunday to Friday, 3pm to midnight.  Also available via the Studiosity app.

Science and Nature

Society and Culture

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


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

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.



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.


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




The Computer School
The Computer SchoolThe Computer Skills Index link contains hundreds of comprehensive computer training tutorials, with more continually being added. Tutorials include full colour, easy-to-follow screen-shots with step-by-step instructions covering an extensive and varied range of entry-level "How do I ?" learning topics.