Online databases and resources

What is an online database?

An online database provides information you can search, such as articles, books and multimedia on a variety of topics.

How to use online databases and other resources

Moreland libraries provides a range of online subscription databases and resources free for library members to access and search.

Some online databases prompt you for a username or a library card number. This is the number printed on your Moreland City Libraries member card, for example, A2000301xxxxxxxB.

The password is your date of birth in 8 numbers, for example, ddmmyyyy.

New to Moreland City Libraries

Comics Plus Library Edition

Comics Plus allows users to enjoy thousands of digital graphic novels and comics. Access anytime, anywhere with a web-connected device: tablet, PC or smartphone.
If you have used Zinio eMagazines before, then you can use the same account to login to Comics Plus .

If not, you will need to click on Create New Account. You will be asked to enter your library card number. This is the number printed on your Moreland City Libraries member card, for example, A2000301xxxxxxxB. Click on Next, then follow the instructions on the screen.

Atomic Training

24/7 software training and support tutorials.

This training can help you if you are updating your software or if you want to learn a completely new application.

Tutorials are also available on devices, career skills, how to search the internet, Cyber safety and multimedia training.

How to create an Atomic training account

If you already have a Zinio eMagazine account this will work for Atomic training. You can log in using your email address and password as previously selected for Zinio.

If not, you will need to click on create a new account. You will then enter your library card number. This is the number printed on your Moreland City Libraries member card, for example A2000301xxxxxxxB.

The next step is to input your email address and choose a password.

Your Tutor

A resource for those looking to change careers or looking for a new job.

Log in online and be connected to a specialist tutor who can review your CV, provide job interview tips and give personalised, professional advice for your job hunt.


Australian Dictionary of Biography
Information about famous Australians in history who died before 1990.

Encyclopedia Britannica
A trusted information resource, 3 levels of information for children, teens and adults, which can be accessed at the library Encyclopedia Britannica or at home Encyclopedia Britannica.

Online encyclopedia written by volunteers from around the world.

English language

Road to IELTS General
General course in learning how to read, write and speak English.

Road to IELTS Academic Advanced
Course in learning how to read, write and speak English.


Better Health Channel
Reliable health information in an easy-to-understand format. Links to information about specific diseases and conditions.

Health Translations Directory
Information about diseases, conditions and prevention in a range of community languages.

Family and local history

Local History Catalogue (includes Lantern Slide collection)
Selected historic images of Brunswick and surrounds collected in 1938. Images were first exhibited on lantern slides in 1939. An exhibition of slides was held in Counihan Gallery in 2011. For more historic images see Picture Victoria and Pictures on Trove.

Ancestry Library Edition
You can search this database at branches of Moreland City Libraries. International database you can search for family history records. Records available differ between countries.

English National Archives
Discovery allows you online access to the English National Archives' collection of digitised public records including both academic and family history sources. You can only search the Discovery database on the Internet computers at branches of Moreland City Libraries.

Find My Past – World Collection

Find My Past opens up the world of family history with millions of records from Australasia, the UK, Ireland, the US and Canada. You can only search Find My Past at the Internet computers at branches of Moreland City Libraries.

Historic Australian newspapers 1803 - 1954
View and search articles from major historic Australian newspapers. Includes The Argus 1848-1956; Coburg Leader 1890-1913; Brunswick and Coburg Leader 1914-1918.

British Newspaper Archive
View and search British newspaper articles from the 1700s to the 1950s. You can only search the British Newspaper Archive at the internet computers at branches of Moreland City Libraries.

You need to create a personal registration first. We recommend you register before coming into the library, as you need to wait for a confirmation email from the British Newspaper Archive.

National Archives of Australia
Federal Government archives from 1901 onwards. Holdings include people's immigration and military service records. Use 'Record Search' link to search holdings. Only records before 1979 can be shown for legal reasons.

Pictures on Trove
Searchable database of photographs held by Australian museums and libraries. 
Includes historic images of Moreland's people and places.

Picture Victoria
Historic images collected by Victorian public library services.
You can limit searching to images held by Moreland City Libraries.

Public Record Office Victoria
State Government archives from 1830s onwards. 
Includes health, school, transport , wills, probates and coronial records. 
Includes guides and indexes to early incoming passengers, teacher, Koorie and prisoner records.

Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages 
You can search some historic Victorian birth, death and marriages indexes online from the 'Historical Research' link

Articles about life in the northern suburbs of Melbourne.

Family and local history resources at Moreland City Libraries


Directory of Public Library Services in Victoria
Includes contact details, opening hours and language holdings.
Statistics also available.

Library of Congress National Jukebox
Includes historical sound recordings from the archives of the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation.

Library Link Victoria
Lets you search and request items from all public libraries in Victoria. You can't request books published in the last few months or DVDs.

To request use the 14-digit number on your Moreland City Libraries card and your library PIN. These requests can take a few weeks to arrive.

Lets you search across collections of books, magazines, newspapers and photographs held by major Australian libraries.


Carter's Price Guide to Antiques
Prices of antiquities, antiques, collectables, retro, vintage 20th century design from 1500 BC to the present day.

Law and legislation

National Construction Code
The National Construction Code (NCC), comprises the Building Code of Australia (BCA), and the Plumbing Code of Australia (PCA). You can only search the NCC at the Internet computers at branches of Moreland City Libraries. To login enter the username 15057968 and the password p9732421

Australian Legal Information
Commonwealth Acts, treaties and some records from court judgements.
See 'Community Info' for good sites for everyday legal information for Victorians.

Everyday Law
Helping Victorians understand the law.

Family Law Network Australia
Where you find information on separation and divorce, parenting arrangements, property settlement and child support.

Federation of Community Legal Centres
Links to local centres and how to get legal advice.

Fitzroy Legal Service – The Law handbook (Consumer Law)
Reliable information about Victorian law in plain English.

Victoria Legal Aid
Provides assistance to people with legal problems in the areas of criminal law, family law and some civil law matters. Information is also available in a range of community languages.

Vic Law Today
Current Victorian Acts including all amendments. Search by first word in the Act's title.


Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)
Free access to current and historic social and economic statistics about Australia, states, cities and local areas.

Moreland's demographics
Links to Community Profile (easy-to-search Census information), Snapshot of Moreland and suburb snapshots.


Jobs seeking help
Connect live to a tutor for expert help with your resume and coverletter writing, interview tips, job search skills, English and more.