Libraries - Online information resources

Rhondda Cynon Taf's Libraries Service provides free access to a wide range of online resources. Just click on the title you require. Members may be asked to type in their library membership number and pin code


Zinio - Digital Magazines| 

New Online Service - Digital Magazines 24/7

  • Full digital copies of your favourite magazines.
  • Unlimited access to our entire collection; new editions of  magazines added regularly.
  • View magazines on your computer or mobile device

Transparent Language Online|


Language Learning Designed with Library Borrowers in mind.    

Research-based and experience-driven, Transparent Language Online  is a language-learning program for libraries and their users that provides an effective, fun, and engaging experience for language learners of all levels.

Borrowers need to create an account within the Library once created you will then be able to access Transparent Language Online from any computer with internet access

Transparent Language Online is Available in Over 80 Different Languages

FIND MY PAST - Library Edition|Find My Past Website

N.B. Access to Find My Past is available FREE at all Rhondda Cynon Taf Libraries.



Ancestry. Library Edition|

N.B. Access to Ancestry Library Edition is available at any of our branch libraries. Access from home is currently unavailable.

View a training film on how to use Ancestry|

eBooks for Wales|  - Our New Free Download Service

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If you are a Rhondda Cynon Taf Library member (Borrower number and pin needed) you can download eBooks to your PC for free 24/7. (Not Compatible with Kindles)

Clipper DL - Free Library Download Service|


Clipper DL represents a huge leap forward in the way library users can access unabridged audio books. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, borrowers can download unabridged audio  books in the comfort of their own home free of charge. Rhondda Cynon Taf Library Membership Number and PIN needed before accessing this service. 

Custom Newspapers Library Wales|


InfoTrac Newsstand is an innovative Web-based full-text newspaper database which allows users to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, newspaper section or other assigned fields. Finally, a one-stop source for the day's news and searchable archives. You can customize your online newspaper database features including search options. With InfoTrac Newsstand, you can search a collection of more than 1,000 newspapers, then select your own screen appearance, search options and results format.


European Sources Online|

What is ESO?

European Sources Online (ESO) is an online database which provides access to information on the institutions and activities of the European Union, the countries, regions and other international organisations of Europe, and on the issues of importance to European citizens and stakeholders.

What does ESO contain?

ESO provides access to thousands of expertly selected, well known and less well known websites, documents and publications from the EU and other international organisations, national governments, think tanks, stakeholder organisations, working papers etc, full text articles from authoritative news sources Financial Times and European Voice, plus bibliographic records to key academic textbooks and periodical articles, and a series of unique Information Guides compiled by the ESO Editorial Team.

Who uses ESO?

Key users are citizens, students and researchers, government officials, NGOs, corporate and professional organisations.

Can’t I find all this information for free on the web?

We all use a variety of services and techniques to find information. Undoubtedly, general search engines, the EU’s own portal EUROPA, databases such as ECLAS and news services such as EUR-ACTIV and EUObserver are all useful. However, ESO goes beyond all those means and offers you a dedicated European information service that through expert selection of sources, wide coverage of sources, powerful functionality, added value content and a coverage that goes beyond just the EU, really does offer you something more. 

The following online resources can be accessed on any public access computer in our libraries, or by library members on their computers at home.

Credo reference Online|

Credo Reference enables users to find authoritative answers fast. It features content from reference books in a broad range of subjects. Credo Reference covers every major subject from the world’s best publishers of reference.

Search tips.|


A reference service that caters for younger members. It features 50 reference titles selected to suit the younger members needs.

Search tips.|

Issues Online|

Issues Online contains information on a wide range of contemporary social issues. The wealth of information provided on topics such as Self-Harm, Teen Pregnancy and Smoking make it an invaluable resource for anyone studying today’s social issues.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography|

55,000 specially written biographies, which describe the lives of people who shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond. The Oxford DNB provides accurate, concise and readable articles on noteworthy people from all walks of life. Entries offer detailed and extensive biographical information drawn from primary and secondary sources and range from a few dozen to 35,000 words in length. With more than 10,000 illustrations, researched in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery, London, the Oxford DNB is also the largest selection of national portraiture ever published.

Oxford English Dictionary Online|

The Oxford English Dictionary is the accepted authority on the evolution of the English language over the last millennium. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words, both present and past.

 Oxford Reference Online|

A collection of 175 fully indexed reference works published by Oxford University Press. This is an ideal place to find trustworthy information across a broad range of subjects.


Safari Tech Books Online is the ideal ready-reference resource for those interested in IT. We provide instant access to 50 titles from leading authors on the applications and technologies you use every day. Computer basics, ipods and itunes, upgrading and fixing your PC, photoshop, website design, programming languages and operating systems from Windows to Linux – we deliver the information you need when you need it most.

In order to ensure the information provided is the most current and most relevant we shall be reviewing the titles available on a regular basis. If you have any suggestions for IT related titles or subjects you would like to see covered please email them to:|  

Theory Test Pro  |

Driving theory test

The Driving Standards Agency’s (DSA) official test questions for cars, motorcycles, PCVs, LGVs and hazard perception clips and an online version of the Highway Code are available to members of the library on:|

"Our Past" - Rhondda Cynon Taf Libraries Heritage Trail|| 

Our very own website created using items from our local history collections. It provides an excellent starting point for anyone interested in discovering the rich industrial, social and cultural heritage of the county borough. Log on and discover over 200 years of history well worth revisiting.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Photographic Archive|

Our most popular website with over 2,000 visitors a month. It contains digital images of the people and places of Rhondda Cynon Taf taken from the collections held by Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council Libraries. Over 22,000 images are available on the site that illustrates all aspects of life in the County Borough area from around 1880 to the present day.

Community Information Database|

This database holds information on hundreds of local and national organisations providing services in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

You can search the database quickly and easily in three different ways:

  • using keywords
  • the name of the organisation
  • or by subject and area

The results provide details about each organisation, such as how to make contact, a description of their service, opening times and prices.

Libraries Reference Service

If you run/are a member of a group, there is also an online form facility on the website which allows you add your group to the database or update it’s details should it already be included.

Rhondda Cynon Taf also provides a reference library service. To submit a reference enquiry please use our electronic form| that can be found at the top of this page.

Access to Research|

Discover the world of published academic research at your local library.  Available only on PCs within RCT Libraries.            

Access to Research|