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Queenslanders have access to a number of authoritative, subscription-only databases that are not available through Google or other free search engines.

You can access these databases in the library - and most from any computer connected to the internet (e.g. home or office). You may need your Somerset Libraries membership card/number or an SLQ membership to access these resources.

Click the Enter icon to begin searching the database. You may be asked to login using your library membership card. Terms and conditions apply.


ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics)

Census data, demography statistics, migration, population, health, labour force and a select number of other ABS statistical publications. The full text of these publications can be found via the link on the main page to 'Publications' which can be browsed by subject or by publication number.


Beamafilm is an independent movie streaming site created by filmmakers; distributors and video on demand specialists. Beamafilm is unique for its collection of signature Australian docos and indie features from around the world, many which are only available through Beamafilm.

Use your Somerset Library card to access this FREE service

Computer School

Access over 10,000 tutorials on topics ranging from Android and Apple devices, Microsoft, Google, social media, Internet safety and much more. Click the link to the right and enter Somerset14 as the password.


A snapshot of the leading online games, apps and social networking sites, Click on each of the apps to find out more about them such as privacy, age restrictions, reporting blocking and account guidelines.

Good Reading Magazine

An Australian resource with information on "Everything About Books" including thousands of easy to read independent book reviews and lots of interesting Australian and International articles, author profiles, stories on writers' houses, bookshops, short stories, book trivia and more.


Parents can learn about the digital environment and keep updated on their child’s technology use, including guidance for using safety settings on your family’s web-connected devices, tips for choosing movies and games and strategies for keeping young people safe online.


You can now stream over 30,000 films from one for the most unique collections in the world- including award winning documentaries, indie and foreign films, must see classics and blockbuster movies.

Kanopy films cover all topics including foreign languages, LGBT cinema, career development and business skills, environmental sciences, history, astronomy, and much more.

All you need to access this fantastic new resource is a State Library of Queensland card. Get started now by visiting the website and creating your Kanopy account.

Literacy Planet

An Australian literacy resource, Literacy Planet encourages the learning of essential English literacy skills through a motivational learning platform that is fun and compelling for students of all ages and ability. provides a vast online library of instructional videos covering the latest software, creative and business skills. Taught by accomplished instructors and recognised industry experts, is a high-quality resource for faculty, staff and students looking to develop skills in Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, time management, HTML coding, and much more.

Courses are segmented so you can watch as little or as much as you want. With more than 2,500 courses taught by industry experts, is designed for all levels of learners and new courses are added weekly. Access the library 24/7—even from your iPhone, iPad, Android device, or mobile phone. Exercise files let you follow along with the instruction as you learn, and bookmarks help keep track of what you’d like to watch. 

Media Scan

A bibliographic database featuring articles indexed from daily newspapers, designed specifically for students and researchers in Australian secondary schools, institutes and universities.


Run by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). Scamwatch provides information to consumers and small businesses about how to recognise, avoid and report scams.

Spine Out Online

SpineOut Online is a place where you can express your ideas and thoughts and to share your creativity in words, art, film or music. A fun and interactive site.

Stay Smart Online

The Australian Government's online safety and security website, designed to help everyone understand the risks and the simple steps we can take to protect our personal and financial information online.

Story Box Library

The Story Box Library is a collection of stories for children and families, written by celebrated children’s authors and illustrators, read by a diverse range of everyday storytellers – sportspeople, musicians, grandparents, teenagers, comedians, actors, with varying accents and from different cultures – each sharing past and present book titles.

The result is meaningful, entertaining readings that focus on both teller and tale.

Watch Australian stories read by some of our finest storytellers, on your computer, tablet or Smartphone.

Transparent Language

A powerful and personalised language-learning system that locks foreign language words and phrases into your memory so you can recall them perfectly and remember them forever!

Over 80 languages available with 17 ESL courses.


A database specially for children. Listen and watch ebooks online, read a review, write a book report and play games.

Universal Class

Universal Class provides library members with over 400 online, self-paced, adult education courses across a wide variety of interesting and useful topics. All classes have clearly defined goals and a real instructor who monitors and assists with your progress.


A library of educational stories, games, videos, comics, jokes, poems, puzzles and activities.

Ziptales is a reading program for children aged 6-12 focused on literacy, primary education, games and edutainment. Ziptales helps your child to improve their reading while enjoying the experience.

1. Click on ENTER to begin. 
2. Enter your Library Card number. 
3. Then choose Preschool, Developing or Extending once the Ziptales page loads.