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E-books and online library resources

Rhondda Cynon Taf's Library Service provides free access to a wide range of e-books and online resources.
You'll need to become a library member to access most of these e-books and online services.

Freegal Music

is a free music streaming and downloading service provided through your public library. Log in with your library card to discover Freegal's vast collection of over 16 million songs including today's top hits, newest releases in all genres, international artists, and all-time favorites. Among Freegal Music's over 200 genres you will find the best from pop, rock, jazz, classical, country, kids, hip-hop,soundtracks, k-pop, audiobooks, and so much more! Discover curated playlists for every mood or create your own playlists and share them with your library. Try it now and turn up your favorite tunes with Freegal Music!

uLIBRARY Audiobooks - Ulverscroft

Allows users to take that book you keep hearing about with you wherever you go.

With a great selection of bestselling authors that include Lee Child, Ann Cleeves and James Patterson you can download and listen to professionally recorded audiobooks, brought to life by some of the world’s best performers

BorrowBox - Free Download Service

Borrow, download and enjoy here. BorrowBox is home to the greatest Australian and international authors of the world’s best eBooks and eAudiobooks. Your library in one app. (Membership number and pin needed).

Digital Magazines -LIBBY

Online Service - Digital Magazines 24/7

  • full digital copies of your favourite magazines
  • unlimited access to our entire collection; new editions of  magazines added regularly
  • view magazines on your computer or mobile device

Transparent Language Online

Language Learning Designed with Library Borrowers in mind.    

This is a language-learning program for libraries and their users that provides an effective, fun, and engaging experience for language learners of all levels. (Membership number and pin needed).

Transparent Language Online is available in over 110 different languages

Find My Past - Library Edition

Access to over 2 billion records for family history searches.

Please note: Access to Find My Past is available FREE at all Rhondda Cynon Taf Libraries. (Membership number and pin needed).

Ancestry. Library Edition

You will need your library membership number and pin.

Search billions of records to help trace your family history.

Please note: Access to Ancestry Library Edition is available at any of our branch libraries.

The following online resources can be accessed on any public access computer in our libraries or at home.

Credo Reference Online

Credo Reference enables you to find authoritative answers fast. It features content from reference books in a broad range of subjects. Credo Reference covers every major subject from the world’s best publishers of reference.

Issues Online

Issues Online contains information on a wide range of contemporary social issues. The wealth of information provided on topics such as Self-Harm, Teen Pregnancy and Smoking make it an invaluable resource for anyone studying today’s social issues.

Theory Test Pro

Access The Driving Standards Agency’s (DSA) official test questions for cars, motorcycles, PCVs, LGVs and hazard perception clips and an online version of the Highway Code.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Libraries Heritage Trail 

A website created using items from Rhondda Cynon Taf's local history collections. It provides an excellent starting point for anyone interested in discovering the rich industrial, social and cultural heritage of the county borough. Discover over 200 years of history well worth revisiting.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Photographic Archive

Our most popular website with over 2,000 visitors a month. It contains digital images of the people and places of Rhondda Cynon Taf taken from the collections held by Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council Libraries. Over 22,000 images are available on the site that illustrates all aspects of life in the County Borough area from around 1880 to the present day.

Access to Research

Discover the world of published academic research at your local library.