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Study and learning

Free resources for study and learning, such as online resources, text books and reference books.

Libraries provide study and learning spaces for children, young people and adults, and is a space where communities and individuals can develop, share ideas and learn together.

How can the library help me with my homework?

Go to the Online reference and information page where you will find accurate, up to date and reliable information from some of the worlds most trusted sources.

With your library card number and PIN you can check the library catalogue (external website), reserve titles for your homework topics and have them delivered to your nearest library free of charge. 

Don't have a PIN?

Complete the Request PIN and Forgotten PIN form (external website) 

This is not an automatic response system and we aim to respond to you by email within two working days.

Alternatively, PIN numbers can be issued or changed in person at any East Riding of Yorkshire library or via email to the email address registered on your account.

For security reasons, we are unable to do anything to do with your PIN over the telephone. 

Can I access research papers and academic articles at my local library?

Yes - Access to Research allows you to search for a wide range of research and academic articles published in the UK.

Read more below to find out how to do it

From East Riding Library computers you will be able to search for articles, read them online and print one copy only for your personal use.  

If you are researching from home you can still view an abstract but you will have to visit your local East Riding of Yorkshire Library to access the full article and print the information.  You will also be able to see articles which are not included in the scheme.

Access to Research Portal (external website)

Can I find information on local organisations?

Yes, most libraries keep a folder or file of local events and organisations. Library staff are trained to locate information and contact details, either on or off-line.

You can also check the East Riding events to find information on local societies and organisations, sports clubs and children's centre events.

Do you have copies of Ordnance Survey maps in the library?

Yes, branch libraries have Ordnance Survey maps of their local area.

A complete set of Ordnance Survey maps covering England, Scotland and Wales are also available for loan.

Check the library catalogue (external website). You will need your library card number and PIN. 

Don't have a PIN?

Complete the Request PIN and Forgotten PIN form (external website) 

This is not an automatic response system and we aim to respond to you by email within two working days.

Alternatively, PINs can be issued or changed in person at any East Riding of Yorkshire library or via email to the email address registered on your account.

For security reasons, we are unable to do anything to do with your PIN over the telephone. 

Do you hold telephone and postcode directories in the library?

Beverley Reference Library holds up to date copies of residential and business telephone directories for the UK.

Most branch libraries hold local telephone directories.

To find a residential or a business telephone number try the following websites:

British Telecom (external website)

Yellow pages (external website)

For international numbers try:

Infobel (external website)

Postcodes can be found on the Royal Mail website postcode finder.

Royal Mail (external website)

What local and family history resources are available at the library?

The library and archives services have a wide range of resources to help you study and research family and local history.

Read more to find out what the resources available

All libraries including the travelling Libraries have computers so that you can consult Ancestry.com Library Edition and Findmypast. With these sites you can access historic census returns and a huge range of other historical information.

All libraries carry a small collection of local history books for loan and there are specialist titles to help you trace your family tree. Use our library catalogue (external website) to find the books you want and request for them to be delivered to your local library. You will need your library card and PIN for this service. 

Don't have a PIN?

Complete the Request PIN and Forgotten PIN form (external website) 

This is not an automatic response system and we aim to respond to you by email within two working days.

Alternatively, PIN numbers can be issued or changed in person at any East Riding of Yorkshire library or via email to the email address registered on your account.

For security reasons, we are unable to do anything to do with your PIN over the telephone. 

Some libraries have free drop in Help Desk sessions hosted by the East Yorkshire Family History Society. To see if your local library holds these sessions please use our library finder or the list below.

East Yorkshire Family History Society Help Desks (pdf opens in new window)

Bridlington Central Library and Goole Library have extensive local studies sections for those towns and nearby villages where you may well be able to find sources to help your search. 

Further information about Bridlington and Goole Local Studies Libraries is available from the following leaflets.

Bridlington Local Studies Leaflet (pdf 58mb opens in new window)

 Goole Local Studies Leaflet (pdf 49mb opens in new window)

Archives

The East Riding Archives and Local Studies, based at the Treasure House in Beverley, collects records and printed works relating to the East Riding's heritage. 

If you are looking to trace the history of your East Riding ancestors, discover the history of your house, or simply find out more about your local community's past, then we may be able to help you. With a vast collection of local historic records dating back to the 12th century, and a library of local history books, the East Riding Archives and Local Studies is an essential destination for any local history enthusiast or family historian with roots in East Yorkshire.

We also have on-site access to major family history websites including Ancestry and Findmypast, where you can search the Yorkshire Collection for free. We also provide free unlimited access to the British Newspaper Archive where you can view over 15 million pages covering the 1700s to the 1950s. For more information about our services please see our Archives, Family and Local History pages.

Do libraries have free Wi-Fi?

Yes. All our static libraries have free, unlimited Wi-Fi.

Last Updated: Thursday, 29 March 2018