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If you have a Fairfield City Open Libraries card you can register with the State Library of New South Wales for instant access to most of the Library's eResources. To register your card online enter your library card number in the box below Public library card number on the registration page.

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From the 1st July 2021, the State Library of NSW has introduced a new suite of statewide licensed GALE databases to replace EBSCO resources. As a result, some databases are no longer available to access.
We apologise for any inconveniences caused.

Digital Databases

Login to your library account to access the following digital resources.


  • Gale OneFile: Fine Arts
    Search millions of articles about drama, music, art history, and filmmaking. Diverse resource for serious fine arts students. 


  • Gale In Context: Biography
    Discover the world's most influential people by searching narrative biographies, news, magazine and multimedia content. .Over 650,000 biographical entries that cover a range of historically significant figures and present-day newsmakers.

Books and Literature

  • Gale Literature: Books and Authors

    A readers’ advisory database for discovery of books by author, genre and topic. Search and match reading interests to books, authors, genres, or topics.

  • Gale Literature Resource Centre
    Find up-to-date biographies, overviews, full-text criticisms, audio interviews, and reviews on writers from all eras. The Gale Literature Resource Centre offers the broadest and most representative range of authors and their works, including a large collection of full-text critical and literary analysis



  • Smart and Skilled 
    Smart and Skilled is a reform of the NSW Vocational Education and Training (VET) system. It's helping people in NSW get the skills they need to find a job and advance their careers.


  • Arabic Collection Online
    Free online collection of titles for anyone interested in Arabic language works. Major contributors to this site include New York University, American University of Beirut, United Arab Emirates and Qatar National Library. 
  • Cultural Atlas
    Free online resource that provides comprehensive information on the cultural backgrounds of Australia’s biggest migrant populations. Content includes explanations of common cultural attitudes, practices, norms, behaviours, social structures, etiquettes and communication styles. The public resource is funded and supported by SBS, IES and Multicultural NSW.
  • Fairfield City Community Profile
    Demographic analysis based on results from the Census for suburb-based community profiles. Results include population, age structure, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, income, qualifications, occupations, employment, unemployment, disability, disadvantage, volunteering, childcare, family structure, household structure, housing tenure, mortgage and rental payments, and the size and type of the dwellings people live in.

  • Gale OneFile: Diversity Studies
    Access a range of periodical content to explore cultural differences, contributions and influences in the global community. 


  • ABC Learn English
    The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) provides a free suite of video courses and resources to help learn English and navigate life in Australia.  

  • Tech Savvy Seniors
    The Tech Savvy Seniors YouTube channel gives people easy access to training videos on smartphones, Zoom, apps, and how to transfer files from your phone to your computer. Videos are also available in Arabic, Cantonese, Korean, Mandarin, and Vietnamese. 


  • Gale in Context: Environmental Studies

    Interdisciplinary study of sustainability and the environment, Gale in Context Environmental Studies provides authoritative reference content in the areas of the environment, energy and natural resources. The database covers environmental issues that affect people globally through topic overviews, journals, news, and multimedia content.


  • Gale OneFile: Australia and New Zealand *NEW*

    Access comprehensive periodical content with a focus on Australia and New Zealand, complemented by global news, reference, and multimedia coverage. 

  • Gale General OneFile
    Access general interest magazines and key serials in a single resource. Best for general research.


  • Gale Health and Wellness
    Health & Wellness Resource Centre offers access to thousands of full-text medical journals, magazines, reference works, and multimedia. This comprehensive consumer health resource provides authoritative information on the full range of health-related issues, from current disease and disorder information to in-depth coverage of alternative medical practices for researchers of all levels.


  • Ancient and Medieval History
    Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, Africa and Asia as well as Medieval Africa, Europe, the Americas and Asia

  • Gale In Context: World History
    A database designed to provide an overview of world history covering the most-studied events, cultures, civilizations, religions, people, and more. Uncover information on hundreds of the most significant people, events, and topics in world history from a variety of sources.

Information Management



  • Gale OneFile: News

    Gale OneFile: News provides access to more than 2,300 major world newspapers (493 Australian Newspapers), and includes thousands of images, radio and TV broadcasts and transcripts. Full-text newspaper resource allows users to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, author, and many other fields. Includes Australian News Limited and Fairfax newspapers



  • World Religion Online
    Explores religion and spirituality in an unbiased manner, from the ceremonies of the first practitioners to the rituals of today


  • Gale Interactive: Science
    Manipulate 3D interactive models to visualize and understand concepts in biology, chemistry, earth, and space science. Interactive options include zooming in, rotating, and pulling them apart.
  • Gale In Context: Science
    A database offering hundreds of science topics through overviews, journals, news, interactive experiments, and more
  • National Geographic Virtual Library
    Browse this cross-searchable platform for research insight from journalism's most trusted name in exploration and discovery. Access the complete archive of National Geographic magazine — every page of every issue — along with a collection of books, maps, images, and videos.

Social Issues

  • Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints
    This database is designed to support science, social studies, current events, and language arts presenting each side of important issues and empowering learners to develop information literacy and critical thinking skills. Find overviews, news, and opinions on hundreds of today's important social issues


  • Gale In Context: Global Issues
    A database designed to support global awareness. Think critically, analyse and understand the most important issues of the modern world. This database offers topic overviews, international viewpoints, news, and multimedia content


  • Britannica Online
    View or search the latest version of the code. Login required.

  • World Book Online
    World Book for Kids, World Book Digital libraries - Living Green, Early Peoples, Inventions and Discoveries and World Book Classroom.