Online research databases

Our online research resources include general and specialised information and databases, covering a range of topics.


Online learning and research

Step 1.Membership details

To access some of our databases, you'll need your library membership number (located on your library card) and password. Forgot your password?

If you're not already a member, you can join the library either online or in person. 

Step 2.Download an app or install software

To access some of our some e-resources, you'll need to download an app to your device or install software on your computer.

Click on the platform names below for instructions on how to access them.


Access all of the Gale databases:

Your Coffs Harbour Library card also grants you access to the wide range of resources from the State Library of New South Wales, including eBooks.

Investigates and reports on products, services and consumer issues in Australia.

For use on library computers only. Please see staff for access.

Coffs Coast Heritage: Our stories is a website which is created by staff and the community to tell in-depth stories of life on the Coffs Coast. It is maintained by the Coffs Harbour Regional Museum.

Coffs Coast Heritage: Our stories

You can also follow the Coffs Harbour Regional Museum on Facebook

Coffs Collections is a web service providing free access to local historical and cultural materials that can be accessed online.

The collection includes documents, maps, photographs, films, oral history recordings of local people and artefacts held by the Coffs Harbour Regional Museum. It also provides links to heritage collections relevant to our region hosted elsewhere. 

Coffs Collections also includes images of the artworks held by the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery and City-commissioned public art.  

Access Coffs Collections

Cross-search the In Context databases and Gale OneFile: News database.

A powerful tool for research that brings 100+ years of quality National Geographic Society publications to the library in a cross-searchable platform that fits the way today's students and patrons conduct their research.

Niche Academy has videos on how to use the library's subscription based eCollections and information databases.

These include step by step videos on how to use Borrowbox, cloudLibrary and RBdigital apps to down load eBooks, eAudio and eMagazines on specific devices. It also has videos on various digital literacy topics as well as tutorials on how to use microsoft and google products as well as social media sites.

Click on 'Categories' on the right hand corner within the Niche Academy to see various tutorial categories. 

The Trove digitised newspapers service allows free online access to historic Australian newspapers digitised as part of the Australian Newspapers Digitisation Program, a collaborative program between the National Library of Australia and the State and Territory libraries to digitise out of copyright newspapers. The service includes newspapers published in each state and territory from the 1800s until the mid 1950s. It is an evolving service with new content added progressively. The service provides full text searching of newspaper articles which have been scanned from microfilm. Enhancement of the content by users is allowed through correction of text and tagging of articles.

No login required.

Access the encyclopaedic knowledge of World Book today - anywhere, anytime. This fabulous resource includes World Book eBooks, Early World of Learning, the classic World Book Encyclopaedia suited to all levels (Kids, Student, Advanced), and Timelines.


Gale Health and Wellness

Access full-text medical journals, magazines, reference works, multimedia, and much more. 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.


Answer the age-old question, “What do I read next?” Search and match reading interests to books, authors, genres, or topics.

Gale Books and Authors

Find up-to-date biographies, overviews, full-text criticisms, audio interviews, and reviews on writers from all eras.

Gale Literature Resource Center 

Statistics and demographics

CHCC Community Atlas 

Key socio-demographic characteristics for the Coffs Harbour LGA presented as interactive maps at the CHCC Community Atlas

CHCC Community Profile

CHCC Community Profile provides demographic analysis for the Coffs Harbour LGA based on results from previous Censuses. Also included here is CHCC Population Forecasts which looks into what is driving population change in the community and how the population, age structure and household types will change.

Visit CHCC Community Profile.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics

Access the ABS' full standard product range on-line, including Census data. This is complemented by the City's Community Profile data tailored specifically for the Coffs Harbour local government area.

Visit The Australian Bureau of Statistics.