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Service update:

Following Government guidance for the roadmap out of lockdown, from Monday 12 April, all our libraries have reopened to the public with new opening times. Find out more

New Library Management System Update:

The library catalogue will be unavailable 6 - 21 April as we transfer over to the new Library Management System.  This will mean that some library services will be unavailable for approximately 3 weeks. Full details can be found on our FAQs

Biographical, historical and family history

Ancestry Library Edition

Masses of information for family history researchers, including census records, births, marriages and deaths and much more.

British Library 19th century Newspapers

Selected content from national and local newspapers, including the Essex Standard.

The British Newspaper Archive

Access the British Library's vast collection of digitised historic newspapers from all over Britain and Ireland.

Find my past

Family history records, news and tutorials from the Find My Past Worldwide Edition.

IWM Lives of the First World War

Creating and sharing the life stories of more than 8 million men and women who served in uniform and worked on the home front during the First World War.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Biographies of over 60,000 people who have shaped the history and culture of the British Isles, from Roman times to the 21st century.

The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland

The ultimate reference work on family names of the UK covering English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish, Cornish and immigrant surnames.

The Times Digital Archive

Full contents of The Times newspaper from 1785 to 2014.

Who's Who and Who was Who

From 1849 right up to this year - the noteworthy and influential people who have impacted British life.

Your Family Tree

Free access to special subject guides.

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