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


Studiosity provides free online help with Maths, English, Science, Business Studies, Economics, Study Skills and Assignments for students in years 3-12. Live service is available Sunday to Friday 3-10pm. Essay and report writing feedback are also available, allowing students to upload files and receive professional advice within 24 hours.

All you need to login is your library membership number. Not a member? Join today!


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.

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
Learn how to use your iPad or Tablet as well as programs such as Windows, Word, Excel, Facebook, Twitter and much more.

Current Affairs and Social Issues

Points of View Reference Centre
Access information on a wide range of current affairs, from politics to social issues.

Issues in Society ebooks
Contains current Australian content on a range of social issues. Use search terms ‘Issues in society’ or ‘Justin Healey’ to access the Issues in Society series.

Encyclopaedia and General Knowledge

Britannica Online
Provides access to the full Encyclopaedia.

Geography and the Environment

World Geography and Culture Online
Includes information on countries, cultures and maps.

Green File
Contains information about the natural environment, including global warming, recycling, alternative fuel sources and more.

Blue Planet
Find information on local environmental issues such as Porters Creek and much more.

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.


Consumer Health Complete
Looking for up to date health information? This has the latest information from medical encyclopaedias and journals.

Drug info at your library
Information on drugs and alcohol provided by the State Library of NSW.


Ancient & Medieval
Covers world history from prehistory through the mid-1500s, with special focus on key civilisations and regions.

Modern History
Offers a comprehensive look at world history from the mid-15th century to the present.

American History
Includes details on America’s history from prehistory to the present day.

History Reference Centre
Suitable for all levels of students, the History Reference Centre contains primary sources and full text documents.

Gosford and District in Pictures
Discover thousands of historic photographs from the Local Studies Collection of Central Coast Library. Search by locality, subject or theme. Recommended for students, as well as local and family historians, this free website can be accessed anywhere.

Hobbies and Craft

Hobbies and Craft Reference Center
Features 'how to' instructions and creative ideas from leading hobby and craft magazines.

A free online program designed to assist you with your résumé and provide CV feedback, help develop everyday maths, online and library research skills. Chat online to a qualified tutor between 3- 10pm, Monday to Friday.

Learn English online
Contains modules on job seeking that take you through the whole process from looking for work to the interview. Learn about what goes into a résumé, transferrable skills, what a job ad really means, covering letters, questioning and interviewing techniques.


Mango languages
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 Online
AMES is an online and interactive way to learn and improve your English language skills. There is also a job seeking skills component of the program.

Learn English with Mango!
17 English courses taught completely in the user’s native language.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Word Puzzles

Clue Detective
Do crosswords, codewords, Sudoku, trivia quizzes and word searches online. To login, you will need to use the following:

Username: CentralCoastNSWLibraries
Password: puzzles4centralcoast

Click on members only puzzles and start solving the clues.

Databases only available in the library


Ancestry (​Tuggerah and Gosford libraries)
Ever wanted to know more about your family history? Well now you can! Search your family history online today.

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.


Find My Past

Trace your ancestry and build a family tree by researching extensive birth records, census data, obituaries and more with Findmypast. Bookings required for using this database, please contact your local library branch.

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Last updated : Tue 11 Dec 2018