The A-Z of Online Resources

Library card required Access these resources with your library card number

Some online resources are exclusive to library members.
Join online for a temporary membership, or visit a branch to become a member.

Login details are typically your library card number (beneath the barcode) and PIN, though some resources require you to create an account with your email address.

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The Age Library Edition Library card required

Read an interactive copy of today's The Age newspaper, free everyday on your computer or device. Back issues (to 2006) are also available.


Ancestry (Library edition) No remote access - visit the library

This resource is only available from within the Library.
Discover your family history and start your family tree. Access billions of genealogy records including Census, BDM & Military records. Discover more genealogical resources in our print and archive collection.

Free learners' practice tests and information for Victorian drivers.


Australian Dictionary of Biography Online

Australia's pre-eminent dictionary of national biography contains over 10,000 scholarly biographies of significant Australians who died before 1980.


Bolinda Digital (BorrowBox) Library card required

Bolinda Digital is Australia’s top publisher of eAudiobooks with more than 3,500 best-selling publications for you to download and listen.
Get help with Bolinda Digital/BorrowBox

BorrowBox for Android
BorrowBox for iOS


Britannica Online Library card required

An online version of the full Encyclopaedia Britannica with journals, photos, maps, illustrations, video and audio clips presented for different reading levels (Adult, Teens & Kids).


Choice Magazine Library card required

Australia’s most trusted Consumer magazine, Choice, is an expert source of independent, unbiased reports and reviews of product and services. Read online or download Flipster to save copies for reading offline.

Flipster for Android
Flipster for iOS

CloudLibrary Library card required

CloudLibrary offers the biggest selection of ebooks with an easy, intuitive sign-up process. ebooks sync across multiple devices and can be read anywhere.
Download the CloudLibrary app (all platforms)


ComicsPlus Library card required

Download digital versions of around 16,000 new and classic comics from 93 publishers, with new material added every week. No loan limits, holds or waiting. If you have an existing RBdigital account, you can use your log in and password to access ComicsPlus, or you can set up a new account.

ComicsPlus for Android
ComicsPlus for iOS

The Computer School Library card required

A directory of thousands of detailed tutorials and lessons covering computer and technology basics, internet safety and security, tablets, mobile devices, apps and more. Learn about Microsoft, Apple, Adobe, Samsung, Google, social media and networking, digital photography, Photoshop, and Dreamweaver, among many other technology platforms.

The Conversation

The Conversation is an independent source of information, analysis and commentary from the university and research sector, written by acknowledged experts and delivered directly to the public.

English Language Education Online

is an online service for English language learners, backed by the resources of AMES Australia, Australia's largest specialist provider of education and employment services for people with a language background other than English.
Username: 646vilcst
Password: lobster


Education Resources Information Centre

Education Resources Information Centre (ERIC) provides free access to 1.2 million+ bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials and, if available, includes links to full text.
ERIC is sponsored by the US Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences (IES).


Everyday Law

Easy-to-understand legal information in one spot, compiled and checked by legal specialists from over 100 different Victorian and Commonwealth organisations.

Freegal Library card required

Stream music from today’s top artists, download chart hits and browser from a fantastic retrospective collection. All free, all legal.
Library members are granted three free downloads each week (yours to keep!)

Freegal for Android
Freegal for iOS

Gale Virtual Reference Library Library card required

Offers a range of electronic reference books including Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia, World Religions Reference Library and The Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion.


Health & Wellness Resource Centre

This health and medical information website is approved by independent health and medical experts and quality assured by the Victorian Government Department of Health. It includes information on medical conditions and treatments, healthy living, relationships and family, health services and support agencies.


Infoxchange Service Seeker

Australia's most extensive directory of community support services. Find services related to aged services, counselling, disability support, drug & alcohol, education & training, employment, financial, health, housing, legal aid and youth.

Kanopy Library card required

Kanopy has one of the largest and most unique collections in the world featuring over 30,000 movies, documentaries, indie and foreign films from over hundreds of producers. Members can enjoy 7 FREE videos per month. 
Get help with Kanopy

Kanopy for Android
Kanopy for iOS
Also compatible with Chromecast and Roku.


Learning Online

Major history and reference website for anyone with an interest in ancient and modern history.
Username: Yarra
Password: Library


Legal Resources - The Law Handbook

The Law Handbook is a web-based legal resource which is designed to help people have access to the law. It contains the entire 1000 pages of the original Law Handbook, and covers over 70 areas including the day-to-day matters which affect people’s lives such as buying a house, neighbourhood disputes, fines, social security, family law, drugs and debt. Library card required

Learn software, creative, and business skills to achieve your personal and professional goals with comprehensive video tutorials.

Note: If using the Lynda app, you'll need to enter when asked to provide your organisation's web portal and provide your library card number to access any videos.

Magpies, The Source

A comprehensive bibliographic database to children's literature by subject from around the world with an emphasis on Australian and New Zealand books. It includes references to both out of print and current material
Username: yl
Password: yl

Mango Languages Library card required

This online language learning system teaches actual conversation skills for a wide variety of languages. It’s so easy and effective, you’ll be talking after just one lesson!


Newspaper Archives (British) Library card required

17th and 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers

The largest single collection of 17th and 18th century English news media available from the British Library.

19th Century British Library Newspapers

This offers national, regional and local 19th century British newspapers.

The Times Digital Archive, 1785-1985

The Times (London) is regarded as the most authoritative medium for political, legal , business and social news. The complete page of every issue is included here.

The Sunday Times Digital Archive

The Sunday Times Digital Archive, 1822-2006 is a gateway to the greatest crimes, careers and culture of the last 180 years.

The Telegraph Historical Archive, 1855-2000

Daily Mail Historical Archive, 1896-2004

The Independent Digital Archive, 1986-2012


Photo Collections

A digital archive of photographs taken around the City of Yarra area, maintained by Yarra Libraries staff.
View our digital photograph collection in the library catalogue.


PressReader Library card required

The world’s largest online newspaper kiosk, where you can browse and read hundreds of full content premium newspapers and magazines from around the world - newspapers from 82 countries and in 39 languages.
Please note: The Age, The Australian and the Herald Sun are not available.

RBdigital Library card required

Access Audiobooks and digital magazines and download them to your device for offline listening and reading.
Note: you must register via the RBdigital website before downloading the app.

RBdigital for Android
RBdigital for iOS

Road to IELTS-General Library card required

The General Training test is for those who want to do work experience or training programs, secondary school or migrate to an English-speaking country. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking tests but different Reading and Writing tests.
IELTS for Android

Road to IELTS – Academic Library card required

The Academic test is for those who want to study at a tertiary level in an English-speaking country.
IELTS for Android



A federated search engine of all library holdings across Australia. Find digitised newspapers, magazines, photographs, recordings and more.


Online resources for kids

Online Resources for Kids

Discover educational and fun online resources for emerging readers. Log in with your Library barcode to play and learn.

Library card required Access these resources with your library card number

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700+ curriculum-linked, fun educational activities to play online. Trusted by thousands of schools and homes around the world.


ComicsPlus Library card required

Download digital versions of around 16,000 new and classic comics from 93 publishers, with new material added every week. No loan limits, holds or waiting. If you have an existing Zinio/rbdigital account, you can use your log in and password to access ComicsPlus, or you can set up a new account.

ComicsPlus for Android
ComicsPlus for iOS

Kanopy Kids

Kanopy Kids Library card required

Thoughtful entertainment for kids (preschool and up).
Parents can trust a curated selection of educational and enriching videos on Kanopy Kids with developmentally appropriate, age-based ratings from Common Sense Media.

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Literacy Planet 

Our subscription to Literacy Planet has ended.
Please let us know if you are interested in having this resource renewed by emailing us at


Story Box Library card required

Watch your favourite Australian stories read by superstar storytellers. Story Box is an amazing online 'reading room’ where kids can connect, engage and be inspired by a range of quality Australian stories read on film by some wonderfully engaging storytellers.

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