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Portsmouth Library Service has made it possible for you to access the very best online reference resources free of charge in your library, workplace or home. To access these resources from home you will need to be a member of Portsmouth Libraries and use your library card number to log-in.

For information on joining the library, please visit our page Library membership and how to join.

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online

You can use Encyclopaedia Britannica Online in a Portsmouth Library or from home. You will need to use your library card to log-in if you are at home.

Oxford Dictionaries

Oxford dictionaries offers online access to up-to-date, accurate, and authoritative modern English dictionary and thesaurus entries, along with first-rate language reference resources. As well as English it covers French, German, Italian and Spanish.

It can be accessed in a Portsmouth library or remotely from home using your library card.

The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography is an illustrated collection of more than 55,000 specially written biographies of the men and women around the world who shaped the history of Britain. It can be accessed in a Portsmouth Library and from your home, using your library card.

The Oxford English Dictionary

If you experience any difficulty accessing the Oxford English Dictionary Online from home, please contact for advice.

Oxford Reference Online

Oxford Reference Online brings together language and subject reference works from one of the world’s biggest reference publishers into a single cross-searchable resource. The Oxford Reference online collection contains over 100 dictionaries, language reference and subject reference works.

It can be accessed in a Portsmouth library or remotely from home using your library card.