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Find My Past and Access to Research

Find My Past (Library Edition) and Access to Research can be accessed by library members free of charge in our libraries.

Trace your family history using Sunderland Public Libraries' subscription to Find My Past You can search censuses for England, Wales, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands from 1841 to 1901, England and Wales Civil Registration Indexes and much more.

Access to Research gives free, walk-in access to over 15million academic articles in participating public libraries across the UK.

Start now by viewing which articles and journals are available from home, then come into City Library, Houghton-le-Spring Library or Washington Library and view the full text.


Ziptales offers stories, poems, puzzles and games for children.

Wind the Bobbin app

Sunderland Libraries Services' nursery rhyme app, Wind the Bobbin, is a free app for pre-school children. The Wind the Bobbin app can be used by parents, carers and families to share nursery rhymes with their children or by any professional organising a rhyme time session.

Download from Google Play App Store   or   Download from iTunes App Store

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