Our reference collection covers a huge range of subjects. It includes guides, directories, dictionaries, encyclopedias and a selection of online databases.

Access to Databases

The Library provides access to databases to enable research from your home or office as well as when you visit the library. When accessing databases from home you need to enter your Bathurst Library card number (including the 01/) as the patron ID. Bathurst Library staff are happy to assist.

  • Academic Search Elite

    Academic Search Elite

    A scholarly collection offering full-text coverage of information in many areas of academic study text for more than 2,100 journals.
  • Ancestry


    Information on how to start your family tree and researching your family history.
  • Australia New Zealand Reference Centre

    Australia New Zealand Reference Centre

    The Australia/NZ Reference Centre combines Australia and New Zealand specific magazines, newspapers and newswires, reference books, and company information to create the largest collection of regional full text content available to public libraries.
  • Britannica Image Quest

    Britannica Image Quest

    Millions of right-cleared images from one trusted source.
  • Consumer Health Complete

    Consumer Health Complete

    A great source of full text information on a diverse range of health related subject areas. Included are links to diet, cancer, and health assessment sites as well as government databases. Material contained in this Resource Centre is intended for informational purposes only.
  • Drug Info

    Drug Info

    This collection in the Bathurst Library provides information on specific drugs, guides for parents, effects of drugs and how to quit. Experts in this field have assessed the resources and the links available through the web site for quality.
  • Ebook Public Library Collection

    Ebook Public Library Collection

    A collection of over 33,000 titles chosen specifically for public libraries, this collection features fiction titles for both adults and juveniles, as well as best-selling and highly recommended titles from industry leading publishers.
  • Encyclopedia Britannica

    Encyclopedia Britannica

    Welcome to the NEW Britannica Library. The Award-Winning Resource for Children and Adults.
  • GreenFile


    This resource offers a unique perspective on the positive and negative ways humans affect the environment. The database contains nearly 300,000 records, full text for selected titles and searchable cited references for more than 200 titles as well.
  • Good Reading Online

    Good Reading Online

    Welcome to the Good Reading's Hub for Book Lovers.
    You now have OPEN ACCESS to all areas of our Hub for Book Lovers.
    You can set up a profile where you can build your own wish list of books you want to read and recommend books to other readers.
  • Haynes Automotive Manuals

    Haynes Automotive Manuals

    Click here and access manuals on many of the most popular cars and motorcycles, including detailed information on common repair and service tasks. To logon, click ☰ on top right corner. Enter Bathurst Library to "find your institution" and enter your library card number when prompted.
  • Hobbies and Crafts Reference Centre

    Hobbies and Crafts Reference Centre

    "How to" instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast. Full text is provided from leading hobby and craft magazines.
  • History Reference Collection

    History Reference Collection

    History Reference Collection is the world's most extensive full-text history reference database designed for secondary schools, public libraries, junior/community colleges and undergraduate research.
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  • Legal Info

    Legal Info

    Access to plain-language legal information through LIAC (the Legal Information Access Centre) is now available.
  • Literary Reference Centre PLUS

    Literary Reference Centre PLUS

    Literary Reference Centre PLUS is a comprehensive database that provides users with a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and time frames.
  • MasterFile Premier

    MasterFile Premier

    Designed specifically for public libraries, Master FILET Premier contains full text for nearly 1,700 periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more.
  • Novelist


    An upgrade to NoveList, NoveList Plus provides information on over 250,000 fiction and readable nonfiction titles included, plus feature content including lists of award-winning books, Book Discussion Guides, Book Talks, Recommended Reads and more.
  • PK Mag

    PK Mag

    PK Mag is a fun and interactive site where primary school students can express their ideas and thoughts and share their creativity in words, art, film or music.
    PK Mag is designed to encourage a love of reading and is aimed at 8-12 year olds. It’s a great place to
  • Points of View Reference Centre

    Points of View Reference Centre

    Points of View Reference Centre is a full-text database designed to provide students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue. The database provides more than 270 topics, each with an overview (objective background/description), point (argument), counterpoint (opposing argument), and Critical Thinking Guide.
  • Science Reference Centre

    Science Reference Centre

    Science Reference Centre is an in-depth, curriculum-oriented science database that provides a one-stop resource for all science-related research needs.
  • SpineOut


    SpineOut is an exciting bi-monthly online mag delivering interactive options for teens. Find new and recommended YA books to borrow and read.
    You can express your ideas and thoughts and share your creativity in words, art, film or music by uploading submissions in a variety of formats, like pdf, video,
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    Discover more - what to read next.You can access book reviews, recommendations, and the latest book news. Explore who else writes like your favourite authors and connect with other book lovers.

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  • What's On

    Our What's On page contains links to upcoming events and online programmes for children

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  • Catalogue

    Use our catalogue to search for all items including our eLibrary and eResearch databases

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  • eLibrary

    Download eBooks, eAudio and eMagazines to read anywhere, anytime for free.

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  • Local History

    The Local History collection contains resources relating to the rich history, geography and environment of the region.

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  • Research

    Access research databases for History, Literary and Scholarly purposes. A great resource for students or general interest.

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