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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.

A to Z World Culture

A to Z World Culture provides detailed cultural and social information for 175 countries, and a wealth of reference information about the nations of the world. It includes information about demographics, climate, culture and travel.

A to Z World Food

With the A to Z World Food database, you can now explore food culture and traditional recipes from around the world. It is the only food database that contains more than 6,000 traditional recipes from 174 countries of the world, in all course categories: appetisers, soups, salads, breads, main courses, side dishes, desserts, and beverages. You can also learn about national and regional cuisines, typical daily meals, dining etiquette, and surprising food trivia.

A to Z World Travel

As you're planning your next journey, make sure to take a look at A to Z World Travel for information about your destination. Regularly updated with information about numerous travel destinations, A to Z World Travel is the place to start planning your trip!

A to Z Maps Online

One of the world's largest online collections of maps (more than 100,000) including modern maps, antique maps, Holy Land maps, and many more.

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.


A fun and interactive digital literacy resource featuring every illustration from the classic Animalia picture book by Graeme Base. Activities are focused on literacy and language.


This exciting and engaging product features every illustration of the classic picture book by Graeme Base in beautiful, zoomable detail. Children and families will still meet the Diabolical Dragons, Armoured Armadillo and Crafty Crimson Cats of the published book, but with even more ways to engage with the words and characters they love.


Animalia (Library Edition) includes digital versions of the books Read Animalia and The ABC of Flying. There are also 19 activities including Alphabetical Order, Amazing Alliteration, Compare and Contrast, and Vexing Vocabulary.

Children progress through a range of levels as they gain expertise. All the activities focus on learning literacy and language. Memory games, quizzes, fun facts, things to find and other great challenges keep kids coming back for more.

Animalia can be downloaded on four platforms:

How to use

  1. Download the app to your compatible device using the links above.
  2. Sign in using the code: slq123. There is no need to sign in with your library number.
  3. Connect online to sign in each time you open the app. Then use the app offline.

Learn to use Animalia

This comprehensive guide provides the information you need to get the most out of this resource.

Be Connected – Adult Online Courses

Be Connected is an Australia-wide initiative empowering people to thrive in a digital world.

Work through the topic library with self-paced courses. New topics are always added.

Courses include:

  • The absolute basics: How to use a mouse, keyboard and more
  • Getting started: Essential skills to get started online
  • Connecting to others: Get set up with the correct equipment to make video calls
  • Safety First: Essential skills to stay safe online
  • Visit


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


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.

eSafety Parents

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.

Haynes Manuals AllAccess

Haynes Manuals AllAccess is a library of manuals covering a vast range of car and motorcycle makes and models, with up-to-date content including common repairs, routine maintenance and servicing procedures.

Somerset Libraries is now able to offer free access to hundreds of online car and motorcycle manuals through its subscription to Haynes AllAccess Manuals. Library members will be able to access the manuals from home using their library card number. Joining the library is free and can be done in person at any Somerset branch.


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.


MyCareerMatch focuses on what you're good at and the careers that match your naturalstrengths and personality. It then delivers 'must know' information about how to write awinning resume that gets you the job.

It's easy! Fifteen minutes is all it takes to complete the short online survey. Based on youranswers we immediately email you your Career Report with a link to download your ResumeGuide.

Includes Iinks to Myfuture, the Government website containing detailed job information.

Lingo LITE

Lingo LITE is an image and video-based foreign language learning tool for 260 of the most basic words and terms in 30 languages. Users can select from any of 30 interface languages.

Lingo LITE uses Associative Multimedia Learning to help the user associate an image with the correct foreign word without first translating it into their native language. 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. 

Lynda tutorial

National Geographic Virtual Library

The complete archive of National Geographic magazine – every page of every issue – along with a cross-searchable collection of National Geographic books, maps, images and videos. There is also a great section for kids.


The National Geographic Virtual Library is brought to you by the National Geographic Society, one of the world's largest non-profit educational and scientific organisations. The society is recognised worldwide as journalism's most trusted name in exploration and discovery.

National Geographic Virtual Library is a powerful tool for research through more than 100 years of quality publications.


The National Geographic Virtual Library includes access to all articles, maps, images, videos and full text books available through these publications:

  • National Geographic Magazine Archive, 1888 to 1994. Every article from every issue of National Geographic magazine from 1888 to 1994 is available through an intuitive interface that is fully searchable.
  • National Geographic Magazine Archive, 1995 to current. Includes every article of National Geographic magazine from the mid-1990s to recent issues.
  • National Geographic People, Animals and the World. Unlimited access to full-text books on travel, science and technology, history, environment, animals, photography, and peoples and cultures; full-text National Geographic Traveller magazine from 2010 to recent issues (three-month embargo); 325 videos; 655 full-colour maps; and 600 National Geographic downloadable images.
  • National Geographic Kids (can be searched independently of the other resources). Fun and substantive, National Geographic Kids will take younger users on amazing adventures through science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space. This archive includes; National Geographic Kids magazine from 2009 to recent issues (three-month embargo); 200 National Geographic Kids books; and 500 downloadable images.
  • Visit National Geographic Virtual Library


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.

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.

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.