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Featured eResource of the month: British newspaper archive

Visit the British Newspaper Archive for online access to millions of pages of British and Irish newspapers from 1703-2003, a fantastic resource for everyone interested in history and for family and local historians in particular. It also includes a selection of copies from the Chester Chronicle, Chester Courant, Cheshire Observer, Northwich Guardian, and the Winsford and Middlewich Guardian, particularly around the periods of the First and Second World Wars.Access the website for free in your local library. (Please note that remote access is not available).

The full list of eResources

Business and consumer

  • Growth Hub: gives access to business support services, one to one specialist support, grant funding, training and networking opportunities
  • Find it: The region's new procurement portal from Cheshire's councils and Warrington Council
  • Business journals: UK business titles, including backcopies
  • Business advice and support
  • Which? Trusted Traders: gives details of local tradesmen and tradeswomen that have been assessed by Which?
  • Which? Online: Consumer reviews - only available in Cheshire libraries

Books and reading

Driving and citizenship

  • Theory Test Pro: the entire DSA question bank, hazard perception clips and an online Highway Code
  • Go Citizen: British citizenship test

Dictionaries, encyclopedias and study

Family history and local studies

  • Ancestry Library edition:
    family history resource with access to public records from around the world. Available for use in the library only
  • British Newspaper Archive: access hundreds of historic newspapers from all over Britain and Ireland, including copies of the Chester Chronicle, Cheshire Observer, the Northwich Guardian and the Winsford and Middlewich Guardian - available for use in the library only
  • Cheshire Archives and Local Studies: sharing records and printed material from our historical county
  • Find my past:
    family history resource with access to public records from England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. Available for use in the library only

Government, health and welfare

  • Public Information Online:
    UK Parliamentary and government publications including acts, bills, command papers, daily Hansard, civil service yearbook and a wide range of statistics
  • Health websites: a list of local health resources
  • Jobs and careers: Cheshire West and Chester job search tools
  • Benefits: a guide to what is available and how to claim


  • Naxos Music Library
    As well as classical music Naxos also includes jazz, blues, and world music - it has access to over 2 million tracks and adds 500 new cds every month. Listen to whole cds or individual tracks, you decide


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