Libraries

Welcome to the Powys Library Service website.

What do you want to do?

   > Join the library
   > Find a book, talking book or DVD
   > Borrow an eBook 
   > Read digital copies of your favourite magazines
   > Renew your books online
   > Find a Branch Library
   > Mobile Library Routes
   > Online Reference Library
   > AskCymru  

Learning to Drive and need help with the theory?

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You can access Theory test Pro in your local library, AND if you are a member of the library, you can access it from home 24/7. 

Theory Test Pro is a realistic online simulation of the UK’s driving theory test. It contains the official practice test questions, hazard perception video clips and an online version of the Highway Code. It’s ideal for people starting their journey as learner drivers and can be accessed on the public library computers or from home. Practice for the car, motorcycle, ADI,  light goods, passenger carrying vehicle tests.

Library members can use it at home by registering with their library barcode - if you are not already a member of the library, you can join the library online.

Click here to go to Theory Test Pro.

Free access to over 1.5 million academic articles

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‘AccessToResearch’ is a new facility available to Powys library users. Libraries across the authority can provide you with free access to over 1.5 million academic articles, allowing you in-depth information on topics including: health, science, business, engineering, history, languages, politics, mathematics, art, architecture and more.

It’s ideal for small businesses, researchers and students or anyone with a keen interest that they wish to explore.

Access to the full articles are only available from PCs in Powys Libraries, but you can search the title list from home and visit the library to view and print off the full article. Click here to find out more (external site)

The service is free to library users.

Zinio - free eZines from Welsh Libraries

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Online access to some of your favourite magazines - free to library members

Use your PC, Mac, smartphone or tablet device to access a wide range of popular titles, including Amateur Photographer, Cycling Weekly, Good Housekeeping, Marie Claire, National Geographic, OK! Magazine, PC World, SFX etc.

Click here for more information about how to access library eZines

e-Resources at the National Library of Wales

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The Website of the National Library of Wales has some useful online resources open to anyone with a Welsh post code. The Time Digital Archive, The waterloo Directory of English Newspapers and Periodicals, 19th Century British Library Newspapers are just some of the useful research tools available. (Click here for a full list)

To create an online reader's ticket with access to these resources click here.

Renew your loans

Avoid fines and renew your books online. Go to www.libcat.powys.gov.uk & click on My Account/Renew Loans

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Many of our branches offer a number of other council services. You can check the webpage for your local branch library to see if these services have come to your branch library yet, or you can visit the Customer Services webpage for information.

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