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Reference Library

For members of Leicestershire Libraries. Online reference library for books and authors, reference books and dictionaries, access to research, business information and consumer advice, Driving Theory Test, and local and family history.

Reference and Dictionaries

Oxford English Dictionary Online

Find meanings, help solve crossword puzzles, check new words added to the Oxford English Dictionary.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Biographies of famous historical figures. Explore Leicestershire lives in the Oxford DNB.

Oxford Companion to British History

Describes and analyses the people and events that have shaped and defined life in Britain over more than 2,000 years of political, social, and cultural change.

Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland

The ultimate reference work on family names in the UK. Includes every surname that currently has more than 100 bearers, and those that had more than 20 bearers in the 1881 census

Very Short Introductions

Concise introductions to 10 subjects from Contemporary Art to the Planets written by the experts


Public librarians have brought together some of their preferred and trusted websites to support critical aspects of your life – such as your health and wellbeing, money, benefits or work.

Fully searchable by postcode, information4living links directly to local information in Leicestershire as well as key national sources.

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