Research Databases

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.

Library Databases

Databases available at home 

Databases only available in the library

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Databases available at home

State Library of NSW

Library Cards

Register your Central Coast Library Card with the State Library NSW

You can use your current Central Coast Library Service card to register for State Library membership. Once registered, you can use it to log into State Library NSW eResources.

Get a State Library NSW Member Card

NSW residents can sign up for a Library card online and access an extensive range of eresources and ebooks, including online access from anywhere - and it's free to join.

Services available through the State Library of NSW

Drug Info
Find up-to-date information about alcohol and drugs in public libraries and online.  Drug Info is a joint initiative of NSW Health and the State Library of New South Wales.

Family History
Want to know more about your ancestry? The State Library can help you research and uncover information about your family

Find Legal Answers
Find Legal Answers provides free access to legal information online and in NSW public libraries. This service is co-ordinated by staff of the Legal Information Access Centre (LIAC).

HSC Support
Access programs and resources including online research guides, study guides and award-winning Personal Interest Projects.

Learning Services
Find high quality learning programs and resources for K-12 students and teachers, kids and families, lifelong learners and students of the Library and Information profession

Indigenous Engagement
The State Library connects with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to share and celebrate stories of Indigenous Australia and help to locate them in the Library's collections. It's also where you can get advice on Indigenous matters and protocols related to the collection.  

Multilingual Services
Books, magazines, newspapers, dictionaries and websites to read in various languages.

Books and Reading

Access our wonderful range of free eBooks and eAudiobooks.

NoveLIST Plus
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.

Fantastic Fiction
Discover new book titles, authors and lists of award winning reads.

Computer skills

Tech Savvy Seniors
View Tech Savvy Seniors videos in different languages. Subjects include introduction to smartphones, smartphone apps and Zoom. Tech Savvy Seniors in NSW is funded by the NSW Government, and is a digital literacy training program designed to help seniors develop the skills and confidence to get connected and participate in the online world.

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

Britannica Library
Provides access to the full Encyclopaedia.

Geography and the Environment

Green File
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.

MSD Manual
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.

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.

Legal Information

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.

Hot Topics
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 Legislation
NSW Acts and Regulations. This free website can be accessed anywhere.

Motor Manuals

Haynes Motor Manuals 

‘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.

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.

MasterFILE Complete
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.

Consumer Advice

Choice Magazine
Provides member access to full text, premium articles from Choice - the consumer magazine. Please ask staff for assistance with logging in.

Family History

British Newspaper Archive

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.

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Last updated : Wed 24 Feb 2021