Encyclopaedia Britannica

Developed specifically for public libraries, the new Britannica Library provides you with access to three sites in one, with age-appropriate material from the child-friendly database through to the adult learning collection. Now students of all ages will find it easy to conduct research, complete homework assignments and work on special projects. Britannica Library’s intuitive design seamlessly adapts to all devices including tablets, smartphones and computers.

Special features:

  • Streamlined homepages enable you to access content at your reading level in an age-appropriate environment
  • Learning games to engage young learners
  • Thousands of magazine and journal articles directly related to search topics
  • Merriam-Webster Dictionary with audio pronunciations
  • ‘My Britannica’ to save and share articles, images and videos in a personal account
  • 90,000 images, video clips and audio clips
  • Subject Browse, from Animals and the Arts, to Science and Maths
  • 129,000 of the web’s best sites related to search topics
  • Biography Browse
  • How-to documents for creating book reviews, presentations, research papers and science reports
  • Read-Aloud feature ideal for enabling comprehension for young readers and English language learners
  • World Atlas
  • Compare Countries
  • Primary Sources

You can use Encyclopaedia Britannica for free as part of your library membership. Not a member? Join the library.

How to use Encyclopaedia Britannica 

Use Encyclopaedia Britannica online via the website 

  • Go to Encyclopaedia Britannica
  • You will need your library card number (the 14-digit number on the back of your library card)


Library staff are available to help you use any e-resource provided by the library service. Don’t know where the library is? Find a library.

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