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The following databases can be accessed remotely if you have a Camden library membership:

Encyclopaedia Britannica

Access the online version of this reference resource, excellent for homework, coursework, projects, reference or just for fun.

Developed specifically for public libraries, Britannica Library provides library members with access to Adult, Student and Junior (age-appropriate) resources available anywhere, at any time and on any device. To access the Student and Junior versions please go to this page Learning resources for children and young people - Camden Council

Britannica Library Adult (Age Group 14yrs and up)
Encyclopaedia Britannica is advanced level, constantly updated reference content from reliable trusted sources for older students and adults. It works on any device: PC, laptop, tablet or smart phone. Students can carry out research, complete homework, work on specific projects and store research in their own My Britannica Account.

COBRA - Complete Business Reference Adviser
The online reference resource that provides quick and easy access to information about starting or running a small business, considering self-employment or thinking about career options.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography 
Nearly 60,000 definitive biographies of great Britons and people who have influenced British history and culture.

Oxford Reference 
General knowledge database, offering access to more than a million entries from Oxford University Press dictionaries and encyclopaedias. 

Oxford English Dictionary (OED)
The definitive guide to the meaning, history, spelling and pronunciation of over half a million words.

Oxford Dictionaries
Intended as a supplement to the Oxford English Dictionary, including dictionaries for translating French, Spanish, German, Italian, Arabic and US English words and phrases. 

Who's Who and Who Was Who
Who's Who is the definitive current biographical directory of the most influential figures in British public life, as well as leading international figures. Who Was Who is the full archive of former entries from Who's Who, dating back to 1897.

Grove Art Online 
Dictionary and encyclopaedia of the arts and artists. Covering painting, sculpture, architecture and all areas of design. Includes the full text of The Oxford Companion to Western Art and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms. 

Oxford Music Online 
Dictionary and encyclopaedia of music, composers and performers, with playable musical examples. Includes the full text of The Oxford Dictionary of Music, The Oxford Companion to Music and The Encyclopaedia of Popular Music, plus specialist coverage of opera and jazz.

Full text of articles from most of the national UK daily and Sunday newspapers. Check out the new, expanded edition (2021) with full-page reproductions from recent years. Also includes The London Times Collection, with full-text coverage of the Times and Sunday Times since 1985.

The Times Digital Archive
Searchable archive reproduced from 1785-2014. Later years are available on Newsbank, above.

Remote access is not available for the following two databases. They are accessible on public computers in all Camden libraries:

Research your family history on the largest genealogy database available online, containing more than 5 billion names.  Please note that home access to this resource ended on 31 December 2021. We thank ProQuest and its partner Ancestry for temporarily extending access to Camden libraries members at home during 2020/21. It will continue to be available in our libraries.

Access to Research
Free access to over 10 million academic articles. 

BFI Replay (access only available from a public computer in Camden Libraries)
From the British Film Institute, BFI Replay is a 'living digital archive', designed to give you access to thousands of newly-digitised television programmes and films; spanning 50 years of life captured from videotapes across the 20th century, from the 1960s to the 2010s, and almost lost forever. Offering a glimpse into Britain’s past, its people and places; recording and revealing an era of rapid social, industrial, political and technological change.