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As an Activate Learning student or staff member you can access a wide range of electronic resources, from databases providing information for your assignment or research to the full text of journals and books online. If you need any help using or accessing any of our electronic resources please contact your College library.

How to access our eResources

  Access via your College account. Choose Activate Learning as your Home Institution if prompted
Automatic access when you are connected to a college's wired or wireless network
Ask a member of Library staff to set up an account for you. Some accounts can be set up by your tutor too
Full public access


Our selection of over 4000 eBooks from a variety of sources is available to all Activate Learning students and staff, 24/7. 
To access them:
  1. Visit our Library Catalogue
  2. Choose Advanced 
  3. Enter your search term
  4. Under Media Type, select eBook.
  5. When you have found your title, click on Read Me

Contains text, visuals, audio, clinical slides and animations relating to human anatomy and physiology. It also provides learning objectives and quizzes to ensure complete understanding of the information. The link above will give you access to the resource if you are on site at the college. If you wish to access the resource from home, please follow this link.
The Arts on Film Archive offers on-line access* to a large range of films on art produced in the United Kingdom since the 1950s, and is a unique record of British and international post-war art, as well as of documentary film-making in the UK.
Arts on Film requires VLC Media Player or Quicktime to be installed on your PC.


BFI InView contains over 2,000 non-fiction film and television titles from the 20th century to the early 21st. InView is easily searchable, comprehensively catalogued and clearly organised under six main themes, each with an introductory essay by an academic historian.


This is the online resource for the British Cartoon Archive, which is located in Canterbury at the University of Kent’s Templeman Library. It is dedicated to the history of British cartooning over the last two hundred years. The BCA holds the artwork for more than 150,000 British editorial, socio-political, and pocket cartoons, supported by large collections of comic strips, newspaper cuttings, books and magazines.


Care Knowledge contains a wealth of practical and evidence-based information to support professional practice in the care professions, and now includes case law.

Click here for a quick step-by-step guide to getting the most out of Care Knowledge.

Find interesting articles, reliable statistics, and links to web pages on issues affecting the world around us such as abortion, refugees, climate change and cyber bullying.
Digimap for Colleges provides easy access to a range of up to date Ordnance Survey digital mapping for Great Britain. You can access detailed maps showing building outlines, street level maps, road atlas style maps and maps for outdoor activities. The website also contains resources showing how it can be used for the BTEC in Travel and Tourism.

  Drama Online contains drama titles from these collections:

The Bloomsbury & Faber Collection is a Collection of over 1,500 play texts published by Bloomsbury and Faber, covering the most widely-studied plays from antiquity, the Early Modern period, and the 19th, 20th and 21st Centuries. 
Nick Hern Books is one of the UK’s leading specialist performing arts publishers, with over 350 plays, screenplays and theatre books in the catalogue. They also license most of their plays for amateur performance.

Ebrary has a selection of eBooks covering a wide variety of Further Education level topics. The eBooks can also be found on the Activate Learning Library Catalogue.

The libraries have access to the UK Further Education collection of eBooks hosted on EBSCO. These eBooks can also be found in the Activate Learning Library Catalogue, and cover a wide range of topics. Follow these instructions to access EBSCO eBooks from home.

e-Law Student contains lectures, cases, statutes, articles and multi choice tests aimed at the AQA, BTEC and OCR Law syllabuses. It deals primarily with English and Welsh law.

Hairdressing Training provides exemplary step-by-step guidance videos, self-evaluation tests, worksheets and guides relating to an expanding collection of hairdressing styles and techniques.


History Study Centre is a collection of primary and secondary sources on global history from ancient times to the present day. It is suitable for a wide range of users, from high school students looking for quick and reliable facts on a historical topic, to researchers examining hard-to-find primary source texts. The contents are divided into categories of study units, historical documents, maps and reference, multimedia, and journals.

Issues contains articles designed to provide a better understanding of the world and the issues which affect our lives.The subject areas covered include Crime and Justice, Media, Health and Wellbeing and Research Tips, among others. Select 'Activate Learning' as the institution to gain access.



The JISC Media Hub contains a wide range of audio, video and image files relating to a wide array of subjects, and aims to cater specifically to the needs of the Further and Higher Education community. It also provides some material from collections found on other websites.
This collection provides access to thousands of items selected from the John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera, offering unique insights into the changing nature of everyday life in Britain in the eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.


KnowUK contains over 100 reference books and other publications, most of which are hosted exclusively on the website. It provides a wide variety of information including travel guides, information about people in the news, contact information for public officials and guides to major life events.

Nursery World provides its readers with the latest news and guidance to help them do their jobs to the best of their ability. It carries news and analysis of Government policy and events in the sector. The popular practical features focus on the early years curriculum, with regular series including activities, child health and development, special needs and equipment.


This resource contains information and criticism about various literary works and authors, as well as reference materials such as an online dictionary and thesaurus. 
An archive of  journal literature that includes the full text of more than three million articles.on biomedicine and life sciences, from the U.S. National Institute of Health's National Library of Medicine.
UK Newsstand allows you to search a wide range of national and local newspapers by topic or bibliographical information.
VADS contains a large number of collections centred on the visual arts catering to those learning, teaching, and researching the arts. All of the images are freely available and copyright cleared.
Very Short Introductions offer concise, intelligent and serious introductions to a huge range of subjects. They are written by experts in the field, who combine up-to-date facts, analysis, new ideas and enthusiasm to make challenging topics highly readable. 

You can access our collection of Psychology and Social Science titles online as eBooks. Visit the Library Catalogue to find titles, then click on 'Read me...' on the item details page.

A complete collection of American Vogue issues. The archive can be searched by brand, fashion item, photographer or illustrator, person pictured or writer. This provides a fantastic record of American fashion, photography and media trends since 1892.