Online Resources For Research and Study

Manly Library has a wide range of online resources that can be accessed in the library and from home.

Many of the listed databases below can be accessed remotely by Library members. In addition, Manly Library members also have access to State Library NSW e-Resources but please note that you first have to register your library card number with the State Library in order to access these resources.

If you plan to come to Manly Library to access online resources, computers should be booked in advance by contacting the Reference Librarian on (02) 9976 1743.

If a link to one of the resources is broken please let us know.


Ancestry Library discover your ancestors with a range of online resources from Australia and across the world. (LIBRARY ONLY)


Australian Bureau of Statistics covers statistics on Australia’s states, major cities and towns, and local government areas.


Australia/New Zealand Points of View Reference Centre provides points and counterpoints on current issues in today’s society.


Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre the largest Australasian magazine, newspapers and reference collection online.

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 Beamafilm gives you streaming access to your favourite documentaries and indie features


Carter’s Price Guide offers information on over 75,000 collectable items, from antiquity to modern times.

community atlas

The Community Atlas, Community Forecast and Community Profile offer statistics on the Manly Area.

community directory

Community Directory offers local information for Manly & surrounding local government areas.


Consumer Health Complete is a great source of full text information on a diverse range of health related subjects.


Drug info @ your library provides up to date information on alcohol and other drugs.


eBooks @ Infobase Publishing offer a range of encyclopedias & Blooms study guides for books used as curriculum reading.


Find Legal Answers web guide provides access to current information and resources about the law in NSW.

MasterFILE Complete

 MasterFILE Complete offers a large range of general reference publications on many subject areas.


Find My Past features records from the United Kingdom, Ireland, USA, Canada and Australia. (LIBRARY ONLY)


Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.


GreenFile offers a unique perspective on the positive and negative ways humans affect the environment.

History Reference Centre

History Reference Centre contains thousands of reliable resources — including primary source documents, biographies, photos, maps and more — to help you complete your research.

History Reference Centre

Hobbies and Craft Reference Centre offers detailed "how-to" instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast. Full text is provided from leading hobby and craft magazines.

HSC Study Lab

HSC Study Lab is a fantastic resource for revision and exam preparation covering the whole NSW syllabus for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. It includes videos, simulations, animations and interactive activities to explain concepts. To use this resource sign up to register for free library member access. Once registered log in to use the Lab . Click on 'Subjects' to start.


Literary Reference Center provides plot summaries, work overviews, biographies and criticism on key literary figures.


Magpies Online: The Source is a subject guide to children’s literature, focusing on Australian works. (LIBRARY ONLY)

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National Construction Code details the technical provisions for the design and construction of buildings and other structures. Free, but you need to register for access.


Novelist Plus features recommended reads, discussion guides and award winners for both fiction and non-fiction books.


Overdrive offers eBooks and eAudiobooks for you to download. Simply use your library card to borrow.


Road to IELTS - Academic offers online self paced training programs to prepare you for the Academic IELTS exam. Access from home here.
Not a library member? You can still access this resource here if you use a library computer.


Road to IELTS - General offers online self paced training programs to prepare you for the General IELTS exam. Access from home here.

Not a library member? You can still access this resource here if you use a library computer.


Science Reference Center is an in depth resource for all science related research needs.

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Salem Press includes Magill's Medical Guide, Infectious Diseases & Conditions and Psychology & Mental Health

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Transparent Language Online with Byki has over 80 languages to learn, as well as 12 English Courses.


Trove Australia searches books, newspapers, pictures, diaries, maps, music & websites to find the information you need.

Shorelink library members access free magazines through the Zinio portal

Zinio Magazines offer Library Members free access to digital magazines.