Online Databases



The Burnside Library provides access to a large range of online databases including newspapers, magazines, ebooks and audio books. 

eBooks and Audiobooks

As a member of the Burnside Library, you have access to a large collection of ebooks and audio books from several different sources. 


Libby by Overdrive you access to over 30,000 ebooks and audiobooks. 

More information and app available here - Meet Libby

You can access the online catalogue here - Overdrive Catalogue

You can also download the Libby app to your smartphone or tablet via its respective app store.

 *Please not that this service will not work with Kindle devices.


ePlatform by Wheelers you access to a further 1,800 ebooks.

More information and app available here - ePlatform App

 You can access the online catalogue here - ePlatform Catalogue

You can also download the ePlatform app to your smartphone or tablet via its respective app store. 


Free Ebook Resources



Digital Magazines and Newspapers

RBdigital Digital Magazines for Libraries

Formerly known as Zinio, RBdigital gives you free online access to over 400 magazine titles.

 All you need is your Library Card Number to create a new Zinio account.

RB Digital Magazines for Libraries

Good Reading Magazine

An Australian monthly magazine dedicated to books and reading, for adults and children.

Good Reading Magazine

Messenger Digital Edition

Read the weekly Eastern Courier or other Messenger Publications ONLINE!  Previous issues also available.

Messenger Digital Edition


Digital Comics

Comics Plus: Library Edition

Comics Plus brings unlimited access to thousands of digital graphic novels and comics to library patrons on any Web-connected device. 

More information here - Comics Plus

You can also download the Comics Plus Library Edition app to your smartphone or tablet via its respective app store. 



History Databases

Ancestry Library Edition

The Ancestry Library Edition electronic resource is now available to patrons within the library.This is actually a collection of databases aimed at those doing genealogy. While it is an American product, it includes some Australian (and UK) databases - for example Australian Electoral Rolls 1901 - 1936; Sands Directories for Sydney and NSW 1861 - 1933; Who's Who in Australia 1921 - 1950; Australia Convict Index, 1788 - 1868, and many more. There are more than 4000 databases and 1.5 billion names! 

Access is only available in the library - please ask at the Information Desk.

Ancestry Library Edition


Trove is the National Library's free search engine. It enables enquirers to:

  • Search the catalogues and find the holdings of libraries across Australia
  • Search and access the National Library's databases of digitised newspapers, archived websites, maps, pictures, photos and music and video files.
  • Tag, add comments and organise results.

Whether you are tracing your family history, researching a topic, reading for pleasure, teaching or studying, Trove will help you.


 Australian Dictionary of Biography

The Australian Dictionary of Biography is Australia's pre-eminent dictionary of national biography. In it you will find concise, informative and fascinating descriptions of the lives of significant and representative persons in Australian history.

Australian Dictionary of Biography


Online Learning 


You now have access to with your library card. is an online education company offering thousands of video courses in software, creative and business skills.

Road to IELTS

Road to IELTS is a self-study IELTS preparation course produced by the British Council to help candidates prepare for the IELTS exam. It provides access to free online self-study materials to support IELTS General Training and IELTS Academic test preparations.

Road to IELTS Website

Road to IELTS Flyer(PDF, 665KB)


Transparent Language

Transparent Language gives you self-guided language courses for approximately 100 different languages. These can be accessed for free using your library card.


Other Resources 


SACommunity is a database of South Australian community services including information about government, non-government, community based and some private sector organisations that provide services for the South Australian community in the areas of health, welfare, housing, education, community participation, information, legal services, arts and recreation. Searches on the site can be limited to Burnside (or any other council area), or across all council areas.


Australian Bureau of Statistics

The Australian Bureau of Statistics website is committed to providing browsers with Australian statistical information. It also includes pages on ABS products and training, and information for small businesses and universities.

Australian Bureau of Statistics

Commonwealth of Australia Law

ComLaw is the legal information retrieval system owned by the Australian Attorney-General's Department. ComLaw essentially brings low or no-cost access to the law for the community.


Carter's Antiques Price Guide

Carter's Publications have been publishing price guides on art antiquities, antiques, collectables, retro, vintage and 20th century design for 28 years.

Carter's online price guide features of 90,000 items. The guide is frequently updated and is indexed. You can search by category/subcategory or keyword, with the facility to further refine your search, making it easy to drill down to the item you're seeking.
All antiques and collectables in the database include a professionally photographed image, and have been sourced from dealers and auctioneers in Australia and New Zealand.

Please note this is a price guide and not an online marketplace for antiques and collectables. The items included will have been photographed from several months to several years prior to publication on this site.

Carter's Antiques Price Guide

My Health and Wellbeing Website

Your health is the most valuable thing you will ever possess. Whilst your doctor is the best source of diagnosis and treatment advice, there are many websites that provide general health information.My Health & Wellbeing's resource webpage aims to collate and review the best of the health information websites.

My Health and Wellbeing Website



Online Safety

Staying safe online is important. Below are a few links that will help you with online safety, protecting your identity and other personal information.

  • Think U Know
    ThinkUKnow is a free, evidence-based cyber safety program that provides accessible cyber safety education to parents, carers and teachers through schools and organisations across Australia.
  • Internet Basics
    It doesn't matter if you're brand new to the Internet, or looking to build on what you already know so that you're more confident, comfortable and safe. You'll find what you need to get started here.
  • Office of the Children's eSafety Commissioner
    The Office provides Australians with a range of up-to-date information and resources, coupled with a comprehensive complaints system to assist children who experience serious cyberbullying.
  • Stay Smart Online
    Stay Smart Online is the Australian Government's online safety and security website, designed to help everyone understand the risks and simple steps we can take to protect our personal and financial information online.
  • DuckDuckGo
    DuckDuckGo is an Internet search engine that emphasises protecting searchers' privacy and avoiding the filter bubble of personalised search results.