Toowoomba Region Libraries provides a range of free online learning resources and reference databases to library members. Browse through our available resources below.

Ancestry.com is a well-known genealogy research tool providing instant access to a wide range of resources for genealogical and historical research.  Temporary access from home has been made available. Use your library card to sign-in to Ancestry.com library edition.

How to access Ancestry.com

For help on getting started using Ancestry.com library edition, follow our online tutorial.

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Animalia (Library Edition) is an exciting and engaging interactive computer-based literacy resource based on the well-known children's book by Graeme Base. It is designed to complement the book with digital read-throughs and activities at different levels focusing on literacy and language for children aged 5-12

Animalia (Library Edition) can be downloaded on 4 platforms:

How to access Animalia (library edition)

  1. Available for PCs, Macs, Android devices and Apple iPads (iOS) devices. Not suitable for iPhone.
  2. Download the app. Sign in using the code: slq123 (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.

Find content

  • Read the books Animalia and the ABC of Flying. Choose animal narrators, the author Graeme Base or read it yourself.
  • Download activities the first time you wish to use them. The activities are greyed out until they are downloaded.
  • Read or listen to instructions for each activity.
  • Select the educational level before you begin.
  • Have fun!

The Graeme Base Collection

The Graeme Base Collection is an additional app that complements the Animalia app.

It is made up of 6 of Graeme's books narrated by himself - Animalia, The Waterhole, Jungle Drums, Eye to Eye, The Eleventh Hour and Uno's Garden.

How to access The Graham Base Collection

  1. Available for PCs, Macs, Android devices and Apple iPads (iOS) devices. Not suitable for iPhone.
  2. Download the app. Sign in using the code: slq123 (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.

User guide

FAQs

  • Will the program work on Tablets?
    Yes. Animalia (Library Edition) runs on iOS and Android. This includes iPad, iPad Pro and iPad mini. The iPad models 2 and 3 can struggle to run some of the animations, and the application will run on iPhones, but the small screen size is not ideal and is not recommended.
  • Will this run on my computer?
    Animalia (Library Edition) runs on laptop and desktop computers using Windows or Mac OS (including Microsoft Surface devices). The Base Factory does not support Chromebooks.
  • Do we still use real books?
    Animalia complements and augments the printed book and takes the magic of the books into new and exciting areas of learning. The characters, themes, content, and hidden elements in Graeme Base's picture book Animalia is brought to life in Animalia (Library Edition).
  • Do I have to be online to use the resource?
    You only need to be online to sign in and download the activities. Once the applications are loaded onto a device, you do not need to be online to complete activities.
  • Can I use this at home?
    Yes. Animalia (Library Edition) is available to all public library members in Queensland anywhere at any time.

AustLit is an authoritative database about Australian literature and storytelling, with biographical and bibliographical information, full text, exhibitions and rich online content.

AustLit supports research into, and the teaching of, Australian literary, narrative, and print cultures and the expansion of knowledge about the place of story in Australian culture in the past and present.  More information...

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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.

Toowoomba Region Libraries offers free access to hundreds of online car and motorcycle manuals through its subscription to Haynes AllAccess Manuals. Library members are able to access the manuals directly from home using their library card number or via a computer at their local library. Joining the library is free and can be done in person at any of our branches or you can join online for immediate access.

How to access Haynes Manuals AllAccess

  1. Go to haynesmanualsallaccess.com
  2. Enter your library card number (barcode on your library card) and PIN and select 'Log in'
  3. Find a manual
    Select from 'Car' or 'Bike' – 'make | model' from the dropdown selection

  • Queensland Law Handbook is an exhaustive guide written by more than 50 Queensland legal experts, offering plain-English advice about rights and responsibilities and where to go for further assistance.
  • Queensland Legislation provides full-text access to Queensland Acts, Subordinate Legislation, Bills, and Repealed Legislation.
  • Australian Government ComLaw provides full-text access to Commonwealth of Australia Legislation

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lynda.com is a leading online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. New courses are added every week and library members can select from beginner, intermediate or advanced levels.

How to access lynda.com

You can use the library portal to gain free and unlimited access to lynda.com. More information...

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Engage young students and broaden their horizons with reputable, authoritative, age-appropriate digital content that brings them the world in a way they’ve never seen before. National Geographic Kids will take them on amazing adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space.

Students can access National Geographic Kids Magazine, from 2009-present (3-month embargo), along with a selection of National Geographic books, images and multimedia.

How to access National Geographic for Kids

View our online tutorial or go to National Geographic Kids and sign in with your library card.

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National Geographic Virtual Library provides unlimited access to digital content that attracts, engages and informs students, educators, researchers, and general readers.

The library comprises of:

  • National Geographic Magazine Archive, 1888 - current
  • National Geographic: People, Animals, and the World

This collection brings together a complete archive of National Geographic Magazine, every page of every issue; from 1888 to current (one month embargo), along with the Magazine Archive; a cross-searchable collection of National Geographic books, images, maps and videos. In addition, the National Geographic Traveler magazine, from 2010 to January 2020, covers the People Animals and the World (PAW) collection. Additionally National Geographic History magazine is now available from the virtual library.

How to access National Geographic Virtual Library

Go to National Geographic Virtual Library and sign in with your library card.

Browse through our video tutorials to learn how to use library eResources, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Microsoft Office, Ancestry Library Edition, Trove, Gmail, Linkedin, internet and computer basics and more.

This online program contains general and academic preparation and practise with interactive activities. The program is aimed at practising the challenges faced in the IELTS tests. This resource can be accessed from home or from the library using your library card barcode number.

How to access IELTS

Road to IELTS General Training Test - The general training test is for those who want to do work experience or training programs, secondary school or migrate to an English-speaking country. Please provide your library barcode number when prompted.

Road to IELTS Academic Test - The academic test is for those who want to study at a tertiary level in an English-speaking country. Please provide your library barcode number when prompted.

Practical Writing is a program that will help students with writing essays, emails, reports, job applications, notes, letters and more.

The State Library of Queensland provides access to a large number of authoritative e-resources including online journals, newspapers, magazines and websites, online training courses, legislation and encyclopedias.

How to access eResources available from State Library Queensland

All e-resources can be accessed from home using a SLQ membership. If you are not yet a member you can register online to get immediate access to services, collections and facilities.

Databases available through State Library Queensland include:

  • JStor - a multidisciplinary archive of scholarly journals
  • ProQuest Central - a multidisciplinary database covering business, current affairs, news, health, science and humanities

Story Box LibraryStory Box Library is an educational resource, created for children to view stories by local authors and illustrators, being read aloud by fantastic, predominantly Australian and New Zealand, storytellers. It's storytime, anytime! More information...

Trove is a fantastic comprehensive online resource by Australians, for Australians.

It is an online gateway to resources from more than one thousand Australian libraries, museums and galleries. Trove helps you find and use resources relating to Australia. It's more than a search engine. Trove brings together content from libraries, museums, archives, repositories and other research and collecting organisations big and small.

How to access Trove

Follow our online tutorial to learn how to use Trove.

World Book OnlineWorld Book Online - a world of information at your fingertips

From primary school to high school and beyond, there are databases for every learner at every level.

World Book Online hosts thousands of articles, as well as hundreds of maps, videos, and other media for an immersive learning experience.

Getting started

Go to World Book Online and sign in with your library card number.

For help getting started using World Book Online follow our online tutorial to guide you through the process.

World Book Online: Kids, Student, Advanced & Timelines

  • 3 levelled platforms provide encyclopedic information on a variety of topics.
  • Includes additional resources such as multimedia, primary source documents, online books, activities, science projects, atlas, dictionary and much more.
  • Translates into over 100 languages.
  • Fully integrated text-to-speech function to assist with learning or visual difficulties.
  • Timelines feature includes hundreds of built-in timelines spanning a variety of topics. Includes features to create, customise, collaborate, and share your timelines.

KIDS (ages 6-10)

A visually stunning resource with intuitive iconography, Kids provides thousands of easy-to-read articles with embedded multimedia for increased comprehension. Includes fantastic age-appropriate resources, such as Important People, Science Projects, Webquests, and games.

STUDENT (ages 10-14)

Student is packed with such research tools as Citation Builder, How to Do Research, Compare Places, Interactive Maps, and the World Book Atlas to help students get the most out of their research experience. World Book editors more fully explain current events in Behind the Headlines, which includes quizzes and lesson plans.

ADVANCED (ages 14 and up)

A powerful reference tool that includes all the same effective research tools as Student, plus provides users with access to primary sources, historical documents, and multimedia directly from each encyclopedia article.

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A new fun and interactive way to read with your children. It contains 500+ stories with voiceovers, animations, games, puzzles and much more. Access is free whether in the library or at home.

How to access Ziptales

  1. Go to www.ziptales.com.
  2. Enter your library barcode number and select 'Login'.

Information for parents

Parent dashboard: Dashboard for Ziptales resources.

Video tutorial: Start with our video tutorial giving you a quick overview of Ziptales and the best way to get started with your children.

How to use: A really helpful series of short video tutorials dealing with specific parts of the Ziptales library.

Reading levels: Read about the Ziptales 10 stage reading scheme, and the readability measures used to map the library.

Ziptales the full guide: Aligned to Australia curricula.

About Ziptales

What is Ziptales?

Ziptales is an online literacy “library” designed for school, library, and home use. Ziptales has been a leader in the field of online literacy for more than 15 years.

Ziptales has three libraries:

  • The Preschool Library (ages 2 - 4)
  • The Developing Literacy Library for Prep - 2 (ages 5 - 7)
  • The Extending Literacy Library for Years 3 - 6 (ages 8 - 11)

It is based on the latest research about how children develop and sustain a love of reading. The Ziptales “library” was built by trained teachers with the express purpose of making reading a pleasurable and lifelong experience.

What problems does Ziptales address?

  • Reading is an essential skill for children, yet up to 25% of them struggle.
  • Since children are more inclined to do what they enjoy, a reading resource which promotes pleasure is an ideal offer: “Reading for pleasure is more important for children’s cognitive development than their parents’ level of education.” (Dr Sullivan, Institute of Education, 2013).
  • Digital technology is now standard for all children, who are ‘digital natives’. Reading online is the perfect way to offer quality content.

What does Ziptales offer young readers?

  • Almost 600 different content modules - stories, puzzles, poems, cartoons and lessons.
  • This includes over 300 stories for all levels of the primary age range.
  • Each story has interactive comprehension quizzes to give instant feedback on understanding.
  • All stories come with professional voiceovers (Australian accent).
  • The Ziptales library is an ‘open access’ resource, with no ‘test and progress’, or annoying ‘lockout’ features. Children, under supervision, can read whatever they like.
  • Ziptales works on all devices - PCs and Macs, iPads, tablets, smartphones etc.
  • Because it is internet based, it can be accessed anywhere, any time (24/7).