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If you have a Reader Pass you can access a number of our electronic resources on a personal device, wherever you are, and we’re regularly adding to this list.

Resources available

You can find and access all resources available on a personal device from our Find Electronic Resources A-Z list. You can also search for these resources by subject.

In May 2022, we added 67 ProQuest databases and 4 Alexander Street Press databases to the list of titles available on a personal device. The ProQuest databases are: 

  • ABELL (Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature)
  • ABI/INFORM Collection
  • Agricultural & Environmental Science Database
  • Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts (ASSIA)
  • ARTbibliographies Modern
  • Australian Education Index
  • Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
  • Bibliografia de la Literatura Espanola desde 1980-
  • Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century: Federal Government Records & Supplement
  • Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century: Organizational Records and Personal Papers, Parts 1 & 2
  • British Nursing Index
  • British Periodicals Collection I and II
  • Colonial State Papers
  • Communist Historical Newspapers Collection 1919-2013 (part of ProQuest Historical Newspapers)
  • Conference Papers Index 1982 to present
  • Congressional Hearings Digital Collection, 1824-1979
  • Congressional Record Permanent Digital Collection, 1789-1997
  • Congressional Research Digital Collection
  • Country Life Archive
  • Creation of Israel: British Foreign Office Correspondence on Palestine and Transjordan, 1940-1948
  • Design and Applied Arts Index
  • Digital National Security Archive
  • Dissertations & Theses
  • Drama (Literature Online)
  • Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive 1880-2015
  • Faber Poetry Library
  • Goethes Werke
  • History Vault: African American Police League Records, 1961-1988
  • History Vault: Struggle for Women’s Rights, 1880-1990: Organizational Records
  • Humanities Index (1962 - current)
  • Index Islamicus
  • International Bibliography of the Social Sciences
  • Le Monde, 1944-2000 (part of ProQuest Historical Newspapers)
  • Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts
  • LISA (Library and Information Science Abstracts)
  • Literature Online
  • Materials Science & Engineering Database
  • Men's Magazine Archive
  • Natural Science Collection
  • PAIS International
  • Performing Arts Periodicals Database
  • Periodicals Archive Online
  • PILOTS Database
  • Poetry (Literature Online)
  • Policy File Index
  • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers
  • Prose (Literature Online)
  • Scottish Women Poets of the Romantic Period
  • Social Services Abstracts
  • Sociological Abstracts
  • South and Southeast Asian Literature in English
  • Statistical Abstracts of the World –  To access this resource, you need to specify a region and select an institution; we’ve provided instructions on how to do this.
  • The Baltimore Afro-American 1893-1988 (part of ProQuest Historical Newspapers)
  • The Cecil Papers
  • The Economist 1992 to date
  • The Gerritsen Collection - Women's History Online
  • The Guardian 1821-2003 (part of ProQuest Historical Newspapers)
  • The Irish Times 1859-2013 (part of ProQuest Historical Newspapers)
  • The New York Times 1851-2014 (part of ProQuest Historical Newspapers)
  • The Observer 1791-2003 (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)
  • The Scotsman 1817-1950 (Part of ProQuest Historical Newspapers)
  • The Times of India 1838 - Aug 2010
  • The Weekly Irish Times 1876-1958 (part of ProQuest Historical Newspapers)
  • Trench Journals and Unit Magazines of the First World War
  • UK Parliamentary Papers
  • Vogue Archive

The Alexander Street Press databases are:

  • Dance Online: Dance in Video Volumes I and II
  • Ethnographic Video Online Volumes I and II: Foundational Films
  • Theatre in Video
  • World Newsreels Online, 1929-1966


Some databases require more steps to login than others; we have provided instructions for these databases:


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Please note, you can access these resources subject to our terms and conditions; the British Library does not guarantee the availability of these resources. Some publishers have stipulated additional conditions of use which you must accept before you can access the resource. UK copyright and intellectual property law applies when you use these resources.

If you breach conditions, your Reader Pass will be suspended, or cancelled. The rights owner might also seek legal sanctions.