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.
  • PressReader
    Get full issues of thousands of top newspapers just as they appear in print including: The Scotsman, The Herald, The Guardian as well as over 600 UK magazines FREE!
  • 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 Helpers
    Volunteering is just a few clicks away...
  • 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.

British Newspaper Archive - Community Edition

Discover history as it happened with free access hundreds of historic newspapers from all over Britain and Ireland at your local library.

  • While within our libraries you will have unlimited access to the millions of scanned pages of newspapers that the British Newspaper Archive site holds.
  • To view pages from the archive, you'll need to register (for free) and be signed in to the service.
  • All the articles you view will be kept in your Saved area – it’s your personal area in which to store and organise your favourite articles. Here you can create folders for different articles and categorise them however you like – the beauty of "Saved" is that you can make it whatever you want. You can also add notes to any of your articles to record your thoughts and track your progress.

Please visit the Getting Started page for useful advice on searching.

Access to ResearchDiscover 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: 1803-1835This 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 EditionDiscover 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.ukThe 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.