Our FREE virtual library contains hundreds of information and reference books, maps, illustrations and interesting facts to help you with homework or just for fun.
You can access the RBDigital eMagazine service completely free of charge using your library card.
You can download and read full digital copies of magazines (including back issues) available from your own computer, smartphone or tablet, wherever you are, or in the library – you can set up your own account to store your magazines..
Over 60 current top-selling magazines are available, and also back issues of a range of other titles, including popular magazines such as the Radio Times, Autocar, Good Housekeeping, Esquire UK, New Scientist, the Economist and Hello, but the range includes something for all interests. You can request the service to email you when a new issue becomes available. Don't forget our enewspapers service, which includes many more magazines, such as Mojo, the Knitter, Country Walking, Papercraft Inspirations and Prima.
Life in Britain is an online study resource for candidates preparing for the Life in the UK Test or British Citizenship Test. It includes the latest official study materials from the Home Office, plus hundreds of practice test questions in the same format as the official test.
If you or someone you know wants to learn how to use a computer, then First Steps can help you. It shows you all about how computers work, how to use the keyboard and mouse, how to organise files and also how to use the Internet; if you're working through the course, you can save your place.
The world's most authoritative guide to the meaning, history and pronunciation of more than half a million words, tracing their usage through 2.5 million quotations, relaunched in December 2010 with new features including timelines, the Historical Thesaurus of the OED, and more search options. Regularly updated with new words.
Free access from all library PCs to one of the most useful websites for UK and International resources to help you trace your family tree.
Ancestry includes: census returns 1841-1901 for England, Wales, Scotland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man; indexes to births, marriages and deaths in England & Wales 1837-2005; First World War service records, pension records and medal rolls; lists of ships' passengers arriving in the UK 1890-1960; indexes to wills 1861-1941.
Free access from PCs in all Solihull Libraries to records including: 1911 census for England & Wales; overseas indexes to births, marriages and deaths 1961-1994; lists of ships' passengers leaving the UK 1890-1960.
Please note that our Community Edition of Find My Past does not include access to the 'Living Relatives' records.
The Genealogist has a wide range of UK-wide family history resources, and is particularly strong on non-conformist registers. It also has a unique Tithe map and database, and wills from the Prerogative Court of Canterbury from the 14th century to 1858
This huge dictionary is the ultimate reference work on family names of the UK, covering 45,000 English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish, Cornish, and immigrant surnames.
It includes every surname that currently has more than 100 bearers, and those that had more than 20 bearers in the 1881 census.
Each entry contains lists of variant spellings of the name, an explanation of its origins (including the etymology), lists of early bearers and maps showing the distribution of the surname in the 1881 Census.
A highly realistic online simulation of the UK's driving theory test, for cars, motorcycles, large goods vehicles, and passenger carrying vehicles. It contains the entire official test question bank, hazard perception video clips and an online version of the Highway Code. All this material is licensed from the Driving Standards Agency (DSA), the people who set the tests. When you first use Theory Test Pro, you will need to register with your name, email address and password. There is no charge for this. This information allows Theory Test Pro to save your test scores so you can follow your progress as you practise for the test. You will need a valid email address to sign up for Theory Test Pro. Full access is available with a Solihull library card - it's free to join!
This online archive provides copies of the Daily Mirror from 1903-1980, the Daily Express from 1900 to date, and also contains a collection of World War 2 papers, including the Yorkshire Post, Daily Worker and the Blackshirt, an excellent source for research.
The website of Which? magazine. As well as a two-year archive of reports, the site contains up-to-the-minute buying guides which make it more up-to-date than the magazines themselves. Available to use on computers at every library - just ask staff for assistance.
View full copies of over 7000 newspapers from over 100 countries in over 60 languages, from national and local papers to magazines, including the Daily Mail, Express, Guardian, Daily Telegraph, I and Independent, and their Sunday equivalents. The Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post, Sunday Mercury and Solihull News are also included. Magazine titles include Country Walking, TES, Grazia, Closer, Empire, Autosport, Angling Times, Bike and many more. You can view the titles for up to 90 days.
Available now, free online access to over 15 million articles and conference proceedings, many with full text, from over 8,800 journals, including Health and Biological Sciences, Engineering and many more subjects from major publishers. Only available for access within libraries