Online Research

The library gives you access to online newspaper, journal and magazine articles, as well as up-to-date information on a broad range of subjects.

You can search across multiple databases in the library or from home.

If you're searching from home, use the number on your library card to log in. Not a member yet? Join us for free.


NewsBank provides you online access to some of the most popular national and local newspapers, such as The Sydney Morning Herald and Illawarra Mercury. You can also access 13,000+ international NewsBank licensed newspapers. This database also allows you to search by topic, event, or for individual articles.


Gale is our online research platform, which lets you search for information across a wide range of interest areas.

Use the field below to search Gale's databases for biography, environmental studies, global issues, opposing viewpoints, science and world history.

Or go to Gale to explore the full list of databases.

Reader - gale - gps

In-library databases

The databases below can be accessed from computers at any of our libraries.

Choice online

Find product and service reviews, consumer rights information and more. Choice online includes all of the content in Choice magazine and Computer Choice magazine, plus interactive data and special features.

Please see library staff for log in details.

Go to Choice online

The Source

The Source is a subject guide to children's literature maintained by Magpies Magazine. It features databases of mostly Australian and New Zealand literature, with information on books, authors, awards, and a focus on poetry and short stories.

The Source is accessed by using a public computer located in our libraries.

Go to The Source

Ancestry library edition

Discover your ancestors with the world's largest family history website. Ancestry can only be accessed using computers within our libraries.

Go to


A worldwide family history research platform, with birth, marriage and death indexes, census information and other resources from more than 120 countries.

Findmypast can only be accessed using computers within our libraries. No more than two users can log in to this platform at any time.

Go to

British Newspaper Archive

Up to 40 million newspaper pages from the British Library's collection have been digitised in partnership with Findmypast.

You will need to register to use this service. See the free access guide for more information.

Go to the British Newspaper Archive

State Library NSW eResources

As a member of Wollongong City Libraries, you can access the State Library NSW eResources. Have your membership card number ready to use this site.


Trove is a resource sharing platform developed by the National Library of Australia. It includes books, images, historic newspapers, maps, music, archives and more.

Go to Trove