Reference and Family History Research

Inside of Stockton Library with someone reading a book

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Online Reference and Research

Access to Research Free access to over 15 million academic articles for small businesses, researchers and students including in depth information on topics including art and architecture, business, history and the sciences. (Access is available from within all of our Stockton Libraries with your library card). 
British Newspaper Archive 
Explore over 200 years of history. The British Newspaper Archive is available to access within our libraries, once on the website just register for free to save your searches and articles.
Oxford English Dictionary 
The Oxford English Dictionary.
Oxford Dictionaries English and Spanish The Oxford English and Spanish Dictionary.
Oxford Bibliographies British And Irish Literature & Victorian Literature.
Very Short Introductions Over 500 titles are available online. Very Short Introductions are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Expert authors combine facts, analysis, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make often challenging topics highly readable.


Family History Research

Interested in researching your family history? You can with Stockton Library Service. With a basic knowledge of computers you could start with a one-to-one taster session to build your confidence in using family history websites, including Ancestry (available in all of our libraries) and Findmypast (available in Stockton Reference Library only).

You may prefer to book a place on one of our 'Introduction to Family History' courses and learn along with a small group of other beginners. This is a two part course that covers paper records as well as the internet.

We have experienced staff who can carry out family history searches on your behalf. There is a small charge for this service - £12.50 per half hour or part of, including VAT.

Stockton Family History Group is a mutual support group for those interested in family history or if you have Scottish ancestry come along to the Scottish Family History Group. Both groups are informal and meet monthly on Tuesday afternoons from 2pm - 4pm in Stockton Reference Library, Stockton Central Library.


Digital War Memorial  

The Digital War Memorial is a project led by Libraries Connected. It brings together a wide range of communities to work with high quality artists to create their own unique creative response to the First World War Centenary.

Using the rich resources of local libraries and archives as the starting point, the new artworks tell diverse stories of how the First World War touched people’s lives and how it is remembered today.

From 2014 to 2018 we hope to see projects across the whole country that will cumulate into a truly national memorial for our times. 

Visit The Digital War Memorial website to see Stockton Borough Libraries contribution 'Lest We Forget'.