Shropshire Council


e-Books and e-Audio

Our e-books and e-audio service is now available online through the Cloud Library website. You'll need your library card number and PIN as before. You can also download your e-books and listen to your e-audio selections through an app. For details of the app, please click on the device compatibility link below.

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

CloudLibrary received an update on July 31 2019 and has a new look, which can be personalised.

For more information, please see the walk-through video  and cloudLibrary Mobile App User’s Guide as well as their support page.

Customers, please be aware you may need to check your preferences/filters and to add your notification email address due to the upgrade.


Read full digital copies of your favourite magazines, for free, with our RBdigital e-Magazine Service. A guide to setting up this service is available in the related documents box on this page.


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: Access to PressReader has been updated. You can now login via the app or the website with your library card and PIN to receive 30 days gifted access. At the end of this time, you can sign out in Account and login again.


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.

Who's Who and Who Was Who?

Over 35,000 autobiographical entries of noteworthy and influential people who impact British life. Includes Who Was Who, an invaluable historical archive going back to 1897, which includes the entries of over 94,000 people, now deceased, who were included in previous editions of Who's Who.

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 including Shropshire records on the findmypast website is available through the public computers in libraries; other records on findmypast may 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.)