The eLibrary provides access to a range of online subscription databases, plus a selection of useful and authoritative web sites. It also provides you with access to newspaper and journal articles.
Many of the databases are available from home and you can use your library card number to log in. Others are only available from specific Central Coast Library branches.
Do you need help with your research? Email email@example.com
Databases available at home
Studiosity provides free online help with Maths, English, Science, Business Studies, Economics, Study Skills and Assignments for students in years 3-12, TAFE and University students. Live service is available 24/7. Essay and report writing feedback are also available, allowing students to upload files and receive professional advice within 24 hours.
Access to Studiosity is now closed for 2020. Further information on the Studiosity service will be available in early 2021.
Carter's price guide to antiques
Allows you to value antiques and collectables online.
Books and Reading
Access our wonderful range of free eBooks and eAudiobooks.
Find that next great read or author read-a-like, bookgroup notes, recommended and award winning titles.
Literary Reference Centre Plus
Access plot and critical summaries, author biographies, literary movements and full texts of many classic novels.
Discover new book titles, authors and lists of award winning reads.
GCF Learn Free online technology training
Intimidated by computers? New to email or the web? Want to stay safe online or understand how your operating system works? Learn all of this and more.
Encyclopaedia and General Knowledge
Provides access to the full Encyclopaedia.
Explores spirituality and religion in an unbiased manner, from the ceremonies of the past to the rituals of today.
Geography and the Environment
World Geography and Culture Online
Includes information on countries, cultures and maps.
Contains information about the natural environment, including global warming, recycling, alternative fuel sources and more.
Central Coast Waterways, Love our Living Lakes
Find information on local environmental issues.
State of the Environment
A report on all aspects of the Australian environment and includes sections on atmosphere, biodiversity, coasts and oceans, human settlements, inland waters, land, and natural and cultural heritage. This free website can be accessed anywhere.
Better Health Channel
Looking for up to date health information? This site is produced by the Department of Health & Human Services, State Government of Victoria.
Drug info at your library
Information on drugs and alcohol provided by the State Library of NSW.
Thousands of topics in all medical fields, including photos, videos and animations.
Ancestry - Temporarily available from home
Research your family history with access to this comprehensive database. Ancestry is available from home for a limited time, while branches are unable to offer this service. To access this service click on the link ‘Ancestry’ above and log into your library account, using your card number and password (default is your Date of Birth as an eight digit number). Once logged into your account you will see a link for ‘Ancestry’ on the left hand side of the page. Click here to begin your research.
Ancient and Medieval History
Covers world history from prehistory through the mid-1500s, with special focus on key civilisations and regions.
Modern World History
Offers a comprehensive look at world history from the mid-15th century to the present.
History Reference Centre
Suitable for all levels of students, the History Reference Centre contains primary sources and full text documents.
Central Coast Memories
Central Coast memories - part of the Central Coast Council Library Service's local history collection.
Hobbies and Craft
Hobbies and Craft Reference Centre
Features 'how to' instructions and creative ideas from leading hobby and craft magazines.
Learn a new language with Mango! Mango offers access to 60 foreign language courses for English speakers and 17 English courses taught completely in the user’s native language. Mango can be accessed at the library, remotely, or even on-the-go with apps for iPhone®, Android™, Kindle® and Nook®.
Learning English as a Second Language
Learn English with Mango!
17 English courses taught completely in the user’s native language.
Find Legal Answers
Provides legal information on a wide range of topics compiled by the State Library of New South Wales.
The Australasian Legal Information Institute (AUSTLII)
The Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII) provides free internet access to Australasian legal materials including primary legal materials (legislation, treaties and decisions of courts and tribunals) and secondary legal materials created by public bodies for purposes of public access (law reform and royal commission reports for example). This free website can be accessed anywhere.
Federal Register of Legislation
The Federal Register of Legislation is the approved, whole-of-government website for Australian Government legislation and related documents. This free website can be accessed anywhere.
A series of legal books in plain language about current issues in the law.
The Law Handbook
A practical guide to the Law in NSW. This free website can be accessed anywhere.
NSW Case Law
This free website can be accessed anywhere.
NSW Acts and Regulations. This free website can be accessed anywhere.
‘Haynes Manuals AllAccess’ is a library of manuals covering a vast range of car and motorcycle makes and models, with up-to-date content including common repairs, routine maintenance and servicing procedures.
To Log in
• Click the Log In button
• Find your institution – search for Central Coast Library Service
• Enter your library card number in the Library card box
Newspapers and Magazines
Australian/New Zealand Reference Centre
Contains a wide range of Australian and overseas full text newspapers, journals and magazines.
Read the latest copies of your favourite magazines on your computer or mobile device.
Historic newspapers digitised by the National Library of Australia.
State Library of NSW
SLNSW membership provides access to a wide range of national, international current and historic newspapers and journals.
Central Coast Express Advocate Online
Find complete copies of the Central Coast Express online from approximately February 2013. Tuggerah Library holds back copies of the Gosford edition of the Express on microfiche (3 month delay from date of publication).
Peer reviewed journals
Academic Search Premier
Provides full text access to more than 2100 academic journals covering a wide range of subject areas.
Provides full text general reference publications covering a wide range of subject areas.
Science Reference Centre
Discover information on biology, chemistry, physics and much more.
Databases only available in the library
Books and Reading
‘The Source’ by Magpies
Australia’s online subject guide to children’s literature: books, short stories, literature and poetry.
Provides member access to full text, premium articles from Choice - the consumer magazine. Please ask staff for assistance with logging in.
The British Newspaper Archive is a partnership between the British Library and findmypast to digitise up to 40 million newspaper pages from the British Library's vast collection over a 10 year period.
It currently comprises over 33 million pages dating between 1703 and 2003. It includes stories, photos, family notices, letters and advertisements. Newspapers from the British Library’s vast collection are scanned daily, producing digital copies that can be searched for by keyword, name, location, date or title.