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Resources

Even if your local library is closed you can still access many of our services online.

Resources you can access from home

You may be prompted for an email address, your library card number and PIN code to access these resources.

  • Online catalogue
    Browse what we have available for lending from the comfort of your own home, place requests, renew items and even share your thoughts on your latest read.
  • eBooks & audio books
    Downloadable books and audio books, which you can read or listen to on your computer and / or eBook reader, mobile phone, iPod, or MP3 player.
  • Book a PC
    Book your free public access computer session. All our PCs have access to the Internet and the full Microsoft Office suite and colour printers.
  • Magazines and Newspapers
    Zinio the world's largest newsstand is now available for South Ayrshire Library members. Enjoy full digital copies of your favourite magazines for free on any mobile device.
  • Comics and Graphic Novels
    Unlimited access to thousands of digital graphic novels and comics on any computer, tablet or smartphone with an Internet connection.
  • NewsPaperDirect LibraryPress
    Online access to more than 1500 newspapers and magazines from 95 countries in 45 languages.
  • Ask Scotland {real people: real answers}
    Get real answers from real people direct from your desktop.
  • Driving Theory Test Pro
    All the official test questions licensed from the DSA, the people who set the tests.
  • Right Driver
    Free UK highway code quizzes.
  • Scotsman Historical Newspapers Archive (1817 - 1950)
    Find significant moments in the history of Scotland, or discover if your ancestor appears in our births, marriages and deaths notices.
  • Worldwide Volunteering Service
    Do you want to spend time helping others or read about the charity’s latest projects?
  • Scran
    Scran is a charitable learning resource base with over 360,000 images, movies and sounds from museums, galleries, archives and the media.
  • ALISON – Study interactive self-paced courses for free
    This web site offers access to over 100 courses in a variety of subjects.
  • Births, Marriages and Deaths Archive Search from the Ayr Advertiser: 1803-1835
    This online index is a joint project between South Ayrshire Council Libraries Service and Opportunities in Retirement Family History Group Ayr. Small charge when accessed from home, but free when accessed from the computers in our Local History department.
  • Excel Easy
    - A free tutorial (Introduction, Basics, Functions, Data Analysis and VBA) on how to use Excel.

Resources you can access free of charge from the library or only from within the library

You need to visit your local library to access these services.

  • Access to Research
    Discover a world of published academic research at your local library. Only available from South Ayrshire Library computers.
  • Births, Marriages and Deaths Archive Search from the Ayr Advertiser: 1803-1835
    This online index is a joint project between South Ayrshire Council Libraries Service and Opportunities in Retirement Family History Group Ayr. Small charge when accessed from home, but free when accessed from the computers in our Local History department.
  • Ancestry Library Edition
    Discover your family history and build a family tree with the world's largest genealogy website. Search birth records, census data, obituaries and more! This resource is available to use for free when accessed from any South Ayrshire Library computer.
  • FindMyPast.co.uk
    The library has taken out a subscription to Find my Past which enables users to have free access to English and Welsh records and the Scottish Census using the PCs in the Local and Family History department.

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