This page gives you the links to, and a little bit of information about, our many online resources.
You can check what we have available by looking in our online catalogue. You can also log in to your own account, renew what you currently have out, and reserve items that you would like to borrow. You can also borrow eBooks using our eBooks subscription service, and eAudio books using our e audio books subscription service.
You can use computers with Internet access as well as Office software at any of the County Borough Libraries, please see the rules you need to follow when you use one of our computers in our Acceptable use of Computers Policy.
Free E-books and e-Audio books
You can not only borrow books and audio stock from us in person, but can also download electronic books and audio materials for use on your PC, iphone, ipad etc. Please see the external links section to the right of this page to access the Wales Library eBook Service and One Click Digital sites.
Using the sites you can access hundreds of e-books, free to download. You just need to put in your library membership number (the eight digits without the 'P' and your PIN - ask staff if you have not yet got yours). You can borrow, or reserve, up to four books at any one time, and can choose how long you borrow any book for - between 1 day and 21 days. Please note - the e-books are not in a format suitable for a Kindle.
Using the sites you can also access hundreds of e-audiobooks, free to download. You can borrow up to ten books at any one time, and you choose how long you borrow any book for - between 1 day and 21 days. If you finish a book before it is due back, you can easily return it. No waiting list, no queues, no concern about the weather or getting to the library!
We now offer a range of subscriptions to magazines online which our customers can read on a range of devices from PC, Mac, iPhones, iPads, Android devices, Kindle Fire and Blackberry Playbook.
Library members can sign up for the service with their library card membership number by visiting this website.
Wondering What To Read Next?
Stuck with the perennial question "I've read all the books by this author, who else writes like that?"
Well, we've got just the online service to provide the answer.
For adult authors: Who Else Writes Like...?
For Children's authors: Who Next...?
Universal Class - Online Courses
Universal Class offers our customers a non-accredited courses for their own personal enrichment. The courses are undertaken online and can be studied at their own pace with real instructors available to talk to via e-mail.
It is possible enrol in up to 5 courses at one time and there are over 500 courses covering a multitude of subjects ranging from photography, bookkeeping, marketing, art, and lots, lots more!
To find out more click here
Want to Learn a Language at your own pace from the comfort of your own home?
Any Merthyr Libraries member can create their own membership on the Transparent Language website. Once you have you can access over 100 language courses for free. The lessons use images, sound, online flipcards, and you can even create your own dictionary. Above all, you go at your own pace - repeating or skipping through sessions as you wish. You can start one language, or several at the same time. You can either work through the whole course, or just do the quick sessions that give you confidence in the 100 of the most words and phrases. All this, for free. You do not even have to come into the library, just use the link and create your membership.
Online Driving Theory Test
Theory Test Pro is a highly realistic online simulation of the UK's driving theory tests for all vehicle categories. It contains all the official test questions licensed from the DSA, the people who set the tests.
Unlimited access to all the official questions from the DSA in the same format as the official test
- Online version of Highway Code
- Realistic hazard perception video simulations
- Access to test banks for car, motorcycle, passenger carry vehicle and heavy goods vehicle categories
- Machine translation into over 40 different languages
- Speech-enabled tests so you can listen to questions
Theory Test Pro can be accessed here from within the library and can also be accessed remotely with your library card.
Free Online Information Library
We provide a "virtual" reference library to all library members with home or library Internet access. Simply click on the links below and enter your unique membership number to use the search facilities.
Oxford Reference Online
Gives you access to well over 100 of the world-renowned encyclopaedias and dictionaries published by Oxford University Press, in one place. Easy to search, with articles pulled together for you to browse. For further information please see the Visit Oxford Reference Online Site.
Oxford English Dictionary Online
Contains the entire Oxford English Dictionary for you - easy to use and browse 24/7. For further information please Visit the Oxford English Dictionary Site.
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Contains over 58 thousand biographies of people - an invaluable resource for students, or just someone wishing to find out more about people who shaped the British Isles and beyond. For further information please Visit Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Site.
The essential directory of the noteworthy and influential in every area of public life, published worldwide, and written by the entrants themselves. For further information please visit the Who's Who Site.
The new look Britannica Library contains the same trusted and reliable content along with some new features to make finding the information you want easy and fun.
There are three levels available:
Junior For primary school students
Student For Secondary and college students
Adult For everyone else!
Whether it’s frogs or physics, gardening or geography, Britannica Online Library Edition covers it all!
Britannica can be accessed for free on computers at your local library and remotely accessed 24 hours a day from your home computer, all you need is your library card number.
Infotrac Newsstand Contains thousands of full-text articles from more than 20 Welsh and over 350 U.K. daily and weekly newspapers, while NewsBank provides access to a further 30 Welsh newspapers including the Merthyr Express. For further information please visit the following:
Custom Newspapers Library Wales
If you have a query that none of these sites can help with why not use the national information service Ask Cymru-Wales?
Resources available in your Local Library
The following resources are available for Free in your local library but are not accessible externally.
Please ask a member of staff for information or for help to start using these valuable resources.
Access to Research
Discover a world of published academic research at your local library.
Get in-depth information on topics including: art, architecture, business, engineering, history, languages, politics, philosophy, mathematics and the sciences.
Access to Research is ideal for small businesses, researchers and students.
Ancestry Library Edition
Ancestry Library Edition brings the world's most popular online genealogy resource to your local library.
Sources include; censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps and more.
Find My Past website
Trace your ancestry and build a family tree by researching extensive birth records, census data, obituaries and more with findmypast.