eLearning & eResources

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


ABC databases provide informative databases on travel, business, society and culture. Each database is an encyclopaedia of content and is designed for junior library members.


How to access ABC databases

ABC World Culture

abcworldculturedataABC World Culture is a comprehensive collection of country culture articles for 175 countries. Topics include greetings and courtesies, gift giving, education, famous people, holidays, superstitions and folklore, history, media, women in culture, national cuisine, recipes, sports, stereotypes, maps, flags, religion and more.

Getting started

  1. Go to www.abcworldculture.com.
  2. Enter your library card number and select 'Login'.

ABC Maps Online

abcmapsonlinedataABC Maps Online is a collection of 75,000 royalty-free maps that can be downloaded and printed. Map types include world, country, state, political, physical, outline, environmental, scientific and antique maps. Also included are visual glossaries, geography games and extensive flag images.

Getting started

  1. Go to www.abcmapsonline.com.
  2. Enter your library card number and select 'Login'.

ABC World Food

abcworldfooddataABC World Food is a comprehensive database of food and food culture for 174 countries. It includes 884 food culture articles, 6500 traditional recipes, 545 ingredient articles, historical timelines and glossaries.

Getting started

  1. Go to www.abcworldfood.com.
  2. Enter your library card number and select 'Login'.

ABC Food America

abcfoodamericadataRecipes from six US regions, all 50 states, and 33 ethnic cuisines with articles such as classic dishes, state foods, top agricultural products, special occasion foods, ethnic and geographic influences, special ingredients, and food trivia.

Getting started

  1. Go to www.abcfoodamerica.com.
  2. Enter your library card number and select 'Login'.


abctheusadataABC the USA is a large-scale encyclopaedia of US state and country information. State information is arranged into 103 editorial and image datasets for each state. Topics include history, geography, demographics, education, food and recipes, government, crime, maps, media outlets, symbols, sports and more.

Getting started

  1. Go to www.abctheusa.com.
  2. Enter your library card number and select 'Login'.


abclingolitedataABC LingoLITE has been designed to help users learn basic vocabulary in 30 languages from native speakers. Each vocabulary entry includes a colour photo, a native speaker video, and the word or term in the local language and your native language. Users can change the interface language (also 30 languages) at the click of a button.

Getting started

  1. Go to www.abclingolite.com.
  2. Enter your library card number and select 'Login'.

Ancestry.com is a well-known genealogy research tool providing instant access to a wide range of resources for genealogical and historical research.  Access the library edition free of charge through our public PCs.


How to access Ancestry.com

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

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An interactive digital literacy resource that takes kids of all ages on a stimulating learning adventure through one of the world’s most beloved and well-known picture books.

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 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 (Library Edition) can be downloaded on 4 platforms:


How to access Animalia (library edition)

  1. Download the app. Sign in using the code: slq123 (No need to sign in with your library number).
  2. 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!


User guide



  • 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. Select 'Log in'
  3. Select 'Find your institution'
    Type 'Toowoomba' and select 'Find'
    Select 'Toowoomba Regional Council' to progress to the login panel
  4. Enter your library card number (barcode on your library card) and PIN and select 'Log in'
  5. Find a manual
    Select from 'Car' or 'Bike' – 'make | model' from the dropdown selection

Alternatively, select our Quick Start Guide for Haynes Manuals AllAccess

  • 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...


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.


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 the present, covers the People Animals and the World (PAW) collection.


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

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 Trade Press provides informative and unique destination content and extensive databases on travel, business, society and culture. The databases are current, comprehensive and user-friendly with intuitive interfaces.


How to access World Trade Press databases

AtoZ World Travel

AtoZ World Travel logoAtoZ World Travel is a comprehensive travel resource containing 202 travel guides covering 75 topics for each of 202 world cities. Topics include travel essentials, security, neighbourhoods, excursions, food and restaurants, culture, language and more.

AtoZ World Travel also contains 56 additional travel resources that will help new and seasoned travellers alike.

Getting started

  1. Go to www.atozworldtravel.com.
  2. Enter your library card number and select 'Login'.

AtoZ World Food

AtoZ World Food logoThis resource contains more than 7,000 traditional recipes from 174 countries, along with thousands of ingredients, food culture and reference articles.

Getting started

  1. Go to www.atozworldfood.com.
  2. Enter your library card number and select 'Login'.


LingoLite logoPossessing an understanding of a foreign language is essential in today’s globalised world. Even learning basic terms such as “hello” and “thank you” in another language is beneficial.

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 may 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.

Getting started

  1. Go to www.lingolite.com.
  2. Enter your library card number and select 'Login'.

AtoZ Maps Online

AtoZ Maps Online logoA-Z Maps Online is a comprehensive collection of 60,000+ royalty-free downloadable maps. Map categories include: world, regional, country, state, province, political, physical, outline, environmental, scientific, and antique maps. It contains visual glossaries, geography games, flags and teaching tools.

Getting started

  1. Go to www.atozmapsonline.com.
  2. Enter your library card number and select 'Login'.

AtoZ the World

AtoZ The World logoAtoZ The World offers information about world history, cultures, languages, foods, religions and much more. It contains 175 country culture guides covering over 60 topics.

Getting started

  1. Go to www.atoztheworld.com.
  2. Enter your library card number and select 'Login'.

AtoZ World Culture

AtoZ World CultureAtoZ World Culture is an online database of information about the culture, language, history, food, religion and much more for 175 countries. Use of AtoZ World Culture builds understanding about national, ethnic, and cultural diversity, preparing students to live in the global village of the 21st century.

Getting started

  1. Go to www.atozworldculture.com.
  2. Enter your library card number and select 'Login'.

AtoZ World Business

AtoZ World Business logoAtoZ World Business provides users with 100 comprehensive country business guides, each of which covers 115 standard topics that are vital to understanding how to do business in, and with, that country.

AtoZ World Business also contains 79 'trade tools' that range from guides to incoterms (international rules for the interpretation of trade terms) to letters of credit and from ocean freight containers to international contracts.

Getting started

  1. Go to www.atozworldbusiness.com.
  2. Enter your library card number and select 'Login'.

Global Road Warrior

Global Road Warrior logoGlobal Road Warrior is an extensive country-by-country resource for learning about culture, travel, history, customs and language. It has 175 country guides and 119 data categories for each country.

Getting started

  1. Go to www.globalroadwarrior.com.
  2. Enter your library card number and select 'Login'.

AtoZ Food America

AtoZ Food America logoThe United States is a melting pot of cultures and food. Without a doubt, the United States has the most diverse food culture of any nation on earth. 

AtoZ Food America is a single-source digital library reference that covers regional (6), state (50), and ethnic (35) cuisines for the entire country. AtoZ Food America also contains large-scale historical, ingredient, and reference modules of great use to cooks, culinary students and historians.

Getting started

  1. Go to www.atozfoodamerica.com.
  2. Select Sign In, enter your library card number and select 'Login'.

AtoZ The USA

AtoZ The USA logoBringing the diversity and history of the USA to life in a resource designed especially for libraries and schools. It includes:

  • 50 US States, 4 US Territories, and the District of Columbia.
  • USA as a country.
  • 90 topics covered for each state, territory, and the District of Columbia.
  • 101 topics covered for the USA as a country.

Getting started

  1. Go to www.atoztheusa.com.
  2. Enter your library card number and select 'Login'.

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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).

Last Updated: Friday, 21 February 2020 14:15
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