Shropshire Council



Our e-books service is now available online through the Cloud Library website. You will need your library card number and PIN as before.

On this site you can also find information and advice about device compatibility

You can also download and read you ebooks through an app for your phone -  you will get information about it when you first download your e-book.


Read full digital copies of your favourite magazines, for free, with our RBdigital e-Magazine Service. A quick guide to setting up this service is available along with a full user guide. A video introduction shows how simple it is to use.


Access over 2000 newspapers, including most of the UK National papers, through Library PressReader.  To set up follow the Library Sign in instructions and for the Library Press Reader App follow point 3 on the instructions.

Please note: To use PressReader away from the library, you'll first need to log into your PressReader account on library premises (either on our public access PCs or your own device). This will credit your account with two days gifted access to use off site.


Our Shropshire Community Directory is your local gateway to up-to-date information on over 3000 community groups, clubs, societies, support and self-help groups.

Online Reference

As a library member you have free instant access to the following subscription services. Just click on the titles below and login with your library membership number, for example DD123456789.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

The DNB tells the stories of people who have shaped all aspects of Britain's past, from the fourth century BC to the present day, from royalty to rock stars. You can search by place to find out who was born, lived or died where you are.

Very Short Introductions

Whether you are a researcher, lecturer, student, or just hungry for knowledge, Very Short Introductions allows you to discover a new topic or subject through an intelligent and serious introduction written by authors who are experts in their field. Take a look at the quick guide.

Oxford Bibliographies: British And Irish Literature & Victorian Literature

Oxford Bibliographies provides a seamless pathway to the most accurate and reliable resources for a variety of academic topics. A quick guide about how to log in can be found here.

The following resources are free to use in libraries:

Access to Research

With free access to over 1.5 million academic articles from over 8,400 journals, Access to Research is available in libraries.

British Newspaper Archive

Access to over 1 million fully searcheable pages, including Salopian Journal and Shrewsbury Chronicle. You can create your own account now but to receive unlimited free access visit your local library to sign in.

Ancestry family history

Search your family history using Ancestry’s selection of UK censuses, parish records and many other national and international databases. This resource can be accessed free in your local library, via the public computers in all libraries or via the library Wi-Fi network if provided.

Find my past

Free online access to some collections of Shropshire records on the findmypast website is available through the public computers in libraries; other records on findmypast will require a paid for subscription.

Which Online

Test reports and best buy recommendations for goods and services. (Available in Bridgnorth, Ludlow, Market Drayton, Oswestry, Shrewsbury and Whitchurch Libraries.)