Online Resources

Online Resources

The databases and electronic resources listed here are available in the Library and from home unless otherwise specified.

Business & Law


In-depth business coverage through journals and online business sources as business cases and dissertations.

Australasian Legal Information Institute

A collection of primary and secondary legal materials for Australian federal and state law.

Australian Federal Parliament

Information about Parliament as well as Hansard, bills and audio material plus current and historical Parliamentary information.

Commonwealth Law

The most complete and up-to-date collection of Commonwealth legislation.

Find Legal Answers

Specialist legal information service that includes legal resources and help finding legal advice in NSW.

Gale Business Insights: Global

Compare global economies, countries, and industries with in-depth analysis on over 400,000 companies.

NSW Legislations

The official NSW government website for the online publication of NSW legislation.

Digital Library


Library members will now be able to enjoy Australian documentaries and feature films from around the world any time in the comfort of their own homes.  Catch the films you missed and the ones you'd love to watch over again. 

To get started, simply click here,or download the App, enter your valid library barcode, sit back and relax. Let the library and your internet service provider help you enjoy watching movies in a whole new way.

Bolinda Borrowbox

Australian and international fiction and non-fiction in eBook and eAudiobook formats. Includes fiction works for children and young adults. 

The Sydney Morning Herald is available daily and The Sun Herald can be accessed weekly.

Download the App to your PC or mobile device using your Shorelink Library card and PIN (Access limited to Lane Cove, Mosman and North Sydney Libraries)

Choice Online

Choice Online allows access to Product Reviews, Topics (broad categories such as health insurance, ageing well, smarter energy and more) and CHOICE Campaigns in areas such as standard labelling for water efficiency, product safety laws and travel refund rights.

NB: Access available only within Lane Cove Libraries


Indyreads™ provides access to a statewide collection of independent Australian and international titles, classic literature and modern award-winning titles in eBook and eAudio format.

Download the App to your PC or mobile device using your Shorelink Library card and PIN (Access limited to Lane Cove, Mosman and North Sydney Libraries)

Libby from OverDrive

Access your favourite magazines along with bestselling titles in eAudiobook and eBook.

Download the Libby app to get started and register using your Library card and PIN (Access limited to Lane Cove, Mosman and North Sydney Libraries)

Start exploring with Libby

Family History Resources

Ancestry Library Edition

A genealogy research tool with billions of records.

NB: Access available only within Lane Cove and Greenwich libraries

The British Newspaper Archive

A family history database that provides access to digitised copies of county and London newspapers published in the United Kingdom between 1800 and 1900. Content includes main articles, family notices, advertisements, obituaries and letters.

Access to British Newspaper Archive instructions

NB: Access only available within Lane Cove Local Studies Reading Room. Users need to register.

Find My Past

A family history database that provides access to a wide variety of records and documents including births, deaths and marriages, census, military records, newspapers and immigration records for United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific.

NB: Access only available within Lane Cove Local Studies Reading Room.

National Archives of Australia

Access points for records from Defence, Immigration and Cabinet. The site also offers fact sheets and guides to the collections as well as resources for family historians.

NSW State Archives Collection of the Museums of History NSW

Resources and guidance for historians - Online Indexes, Digital Galleries and "Photo Investigator".

Health and Lifestyle

Drug Info

A joint initiative of State Library of NSW and NSW Health, this is a collection of fact sheets and other resources designed for target audiences.

Gale Health and Wellness

Access full-text medical journals, magazines, reference works, multimedia and much more.

Health Direct

Access a wide range of up-to-date and reliable information on health and wellbeing from this Australian government gateway.

HSC Resources

NSW Board of Studies

Essential resources for NSW students

Bored of Studies

Created by students, for students, Bored of Studies provides current year 12 and year 11 students with resources and support, whilst taking light-hearted attitude to the traumas of study

Find Legal Answers

Useful resources for each of the HSC and Preliminary focus topics.

Past HSC Exam Papers

Past papers and noted from the Marking Centre

Kids Online

Busy Things

Amazing, colourful and quirky, suits all kinds of learners between the ages of 3-9, addressing literacy, numeracy and creativity. Children of all abilities can play games, use creative tools and display their artwork in a gallery.

National Geographic Kids

Explore amazing adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology and space.

Story Box Library

Story Box Library features over 290 stories for children to view. Listen to stories by local authors and illustrators, being read aloud by predominantly Australian and New Zealand storytellers.

Select the option to login with your Library card. Choose Lane Cove Library and enter your Library card number to access.

World Book Activity Corner

Thousands of engaging projects suitable for hobbyists - from beginner to expert, for children and adults.

World Book Dramatic Learning

Designed mainly for students with upper primary level reading skills, this site turns texts into plays, scripts and monologues that build reading and fluency skills.  Materials include Aesop’s fables and some of Shakespeare’s more popular plays.

Early World of Learning

A resource for preschoolers and early school years with interactive learning environments: stories and games; reading and pre-reading and a visual encyclopedia.

World Book Inventions and Discoveries

Explores advances in agriculture, communications, medicine, engineering and much more.

World Book Online - Kids

A general reference site especially for younger readers.  It offers easy-to-read articles, images and illustrations, multimedia, maps and activities.

Literature and Languages

Gale Literature Resource Centre

Find up to date biographies, overviews, full-text criticisms, audio interviews, and reviews on writers from all eras.

Gale Books and Authors

Answer the age-old question, What do I read next? Search and match reading interests to books, authors, genres or topics.


Find Australian locations for books, manuscripts and maps. Also view pictures, hear sound recordings, and read digitised major Australian newspapers from the late 19th and 20th centuries.

Local Information

On the Street Where You Live

The Lane Cove: On the Street Where You Live provides information about street names, parks, historical buildings and identities of the Lane Cove municipality.

Australian Bureau of Statistics

Lane Cove Statistical Profile 2021 


Gale in Context: Biography

Discover the world's most influential people by searching narrative biographies, news, magazine and multimedia content.

Gale in Context: Global Issues

Analyse important global issues and events through topic overviews, international viewpoints, news and multimedia content.

National Geographic Virtual Library

Browse this cross-searchable platform for research insight from journalism's most trusted name in exploration and discovery.

Gale One File News

Access major newspapers online to search articles instantly by title, headline, date or other fields. Includes Australian News Limited and Fairfax newspapers.

Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints

Find overviews, news and opinions on hundreds of today's important social issues.

Gale in Context: World History

Uncover information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in world history from a variety of sources.

World Book Online Info Finder

All articles from the World Book Encyclopedia plus thousands of additional articles. Suitable for homework and research in the middle school years.

World Book Online Reference Centre

Tailored to the needs of students at high school and beyond. It offers advanced searching, computer and web tutorials, and research tools including dictionary and atlas.

Science and Technology

Gale in Context: Environmental Studies

Understand environmental issues that affect people globally through topic overviews, journals, news and multimedia content.

Gale in Context: Science

Understand context for hundreds of science topics through overviews, journals, news, interactive experiments and more.

Gale in Context: Science

Manipulate 3D interactive models to visualise and understand concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science.

World Book Online Living Green

Designed for primary and lower secondary students, this resource covers popular topics such as consumption, food production, transportation and much more.


TheComputerSchool is an online computer and technology training centre that covers today's most commonly used technologies – phones, tablets and other mobile devices, programs, applications (apps) and computers. There are over 16,000 short tutorials or lessons to teach you what you want to know in manageable bites.

Tutorials are suitable for all users from beginners to experienced and range from computer basics, mobile phones, internet safety and typing tutorials through to SmartTVs, Python, MYOB, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and much more. 

Log in with your Lane Cove or Hunters Hill Library barcode (capital X required).