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.

  • Ancestry


    Information on how to start your family tree and researching your family history.
  • Biography


    Discover the world's most influential people by searching narrative biographies, news, magazine, and multimedia content.
  • Books and Authors

    Books and Authors

    Answer the age-old question, “What do I read next?”
    Search and match reading interests to books, authors, genres, or topics.
  • Britannica Image Quest

    Britannica Image Quest

    Millions of right-cleared images from one trusted source.
  • 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.
  • Encyclopedia Britannica

    Encyclopedia Britannica

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


    Learn how to start, finance, or manage your small business.
    Includes sample business plans, how to guides, articles, and more.
  • Environmental Studies

    Environmental Studies

    Understand environmental issues that affect people globally through topic overviews, journals, news, and multimedia content.
  • Interactive Science

    Interactive Science

    Manipulate 3D interactive models to visualize and understand concepts in biology, chemistry, earth, and space science.
  • Literature Resource Centre

    Literature Resource Centre

    Find up-to-date biographies, overviews, full-text criticisms, audio interviews, and reviews on writers from all eras
  • News


    Access major newspapers online to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, or other fields. Includes Australian News Limited and Fairfax newspapers
  • National Geographic

    National Geographic

    Browse this cross-searchable platform for research insight from journalism's most trusted name in exploration and discovery.
  • National Geographic-Kids

    National Geographic-Kids

    Explore amazing adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space.
    Use this separate link children’s dedicated computers.
  • Science


    Understand context for hundreds of science topics through overviews, journals, news, interactive experiments, and more
  • World History

    World History

    Uncover information on hundreds of the most significant people, events, and topics in world history from a variety of sources.
  • Global Issues

    Global Issues

    Analyze important global issues and events through topic overviews, international viewpoints, news, and multimedia content.
  • 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.
  • Health and Wellness

    Health and Wellness

    Search a full range of health-related issues, from current disease and disorder information to alternative medical practices.
  • Legal Info

    Legal Info

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

    Plan Builder

    Grow, plan, and optimize a business/nonprofit.
    Utilize development tools and a step-by-step process to build a business plan.
  • 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 find the next exciting book to read or to see what other primary school kids are getting up to across Australia.
  • 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, mp3, jpg and more. A selection of submissions is published in each issue. Get reading and get published
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  • Readers Lounge

    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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