Using Hillingdon Libraries to support your studies

We’re really proud to have such a great relationship with Hillingdon Libraries – they came to visit us last month to show what they had to offer, and with National Libraries Day this weekend we thought it would be a good time to highlight some of the resources available to you through your local library service – remember, libraries are free for any Hillingdon resident to join.

News Sources

Brunel students have access to Nexis, which includes full text access to regional, national and international newspapers, as well as trade journals, company reports and country profiles. You can find out more about the newspaper sources available through Brunel in this guide. If you’re looking for a digitized (or digital) version of the full source including images, then you should try one of these:

British Newspaper Archive

The British Newspapers Archive aims to digitize up to 40 million newspaper pages from the British Library, from the 1800s right up to 1999. This is particularly handy, as if you’re using historical sources you’ll be able to access them from a computer in the library, rather than making the trek to the British Library.

UK Newsstand

Access to 67 regional newspapers – perfect if you’re a history student researching British history- or even if you just want to read the papers your mum might have read when she was your age. Or maybe just to laugh at sixties fashion adverts- we’re not judging you.

The Times

Hillingdon Libraries also have access to the Times Newspaper Digital archive, they’ve got every page of the newspaper from 1785-2008.


 Which? Online is a database that contains thousands of reviews of household products- vacuum cleaners, mobile phones, washing machines and more. Perfect if you’re a design student who wants to see what is and isn’t working in the current market.

Who’s Who

 The leading source of information about over 33,000 influential people from all walks of life, worldwide who have an impact on British life, plus Who Was Who: 90,000 entries from the archives of Who’s Who dating back to 1897. Perfect for a quick glance to see who was important in the last hundred or so years, along with a quick glance to see who’s making it in 2015.


Census, births, marriages and death, passenger records, war service records- it’s a fantastic resource both if you want to research your family history or if you’d like to find out who Winston Churchill’s great aunt three times removed is.

Heritage Builds Bridges

This site was created by a partnership between Hillingdon Local Studies and Brunel University, and includes a catalogue of Hillingdon’s archive, photographic and museum collections, advice on using archives for local and family history, and educational resources for schools and students.

Theory Test Pro

Learning to drive? Theory Test Pro will allow you to practice online for your driving theory test, with full access to all the licensed DSA test material: full test question bank, hazard perception video clips and online Highway Code. This is fantastic if you’re learning to drive and want to pass your test first time without shelling out £50 on textbooks.

And of course you’ll also find a huge range of books, including extensive fiction collections for when you want a break from all the academic reading, and they also run regular events including Open Mike nights – if you’re on twitter you can follow them for regular updates on events and activities. If you don’t live in Hillingdon, check with your local library, as they are likely to offer similar benefits – you can also check the National Libraries Day site for updates on events local to you.


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