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During the coronavirus situation our members can temporarily access Ancestry online, from the comfort of their own home. This was previously only available via the computers in the Central Library. Many thanks to Proquest, our provider, for this enhanced access.

To gain access to Ancestry, please log into your Account in the top right of the home-page. The button to log into Ancestry will then appear below this box. 

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Coronavirus Update Coronavirus Update

We have now re-opened 14 libraries, operating revised opening hours and with a reduced service. For further details please visit our Re-opening Libraries web page.

Any loans that were previously extended until 1st Oct, will not be automatically renewed after this date. Please can you either renew or return your items, items can be renewed online or by phoning a library. We have also temporarily suspended overdue charges.

All of our eResources are still available, our website has full details of our eBooks, eAudiobooks, eComics and eMagazines.

If you are having problems accessing our online resources your card may have expired. Please email with your library card number, address and date of birth.  We will update your account and email you back with five working days.

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Leicester Libraries

Although our library buildings are closed you can still join online. 

Once you have completed the online form, we will email you within two working days with the temporary library card number and PIN.

This temporary card will allow you to access our Digital Library including all of our eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines and eComics.

This card will be active for 6 months after the libraries reopen, within that time you will need to bring proof of identification to one of the libraries where your card will be made permanent.

Due to the ongoing situation, this service is currently only available to residents of Leicester,  Leicestershire or Rutland.

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eBook:The last straw:2009
Author: Kinney, Jeff
Year 2009
Description: Description based on print version record. Originally published: New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2009 Greg's dad, Frank, is on a mission - a mission to make this wimpy kid, well, less wimpy. All manner of 'manly' physical activities are planned, but Greg just about manages to find a way out of them. That is until military academy is mentioned and Greg realizes that he's going to have to come up with a very special excuse.
eBook:The Guggenheim mystery:2017
Author: Stevens, Robin, 1988-
Author: Dowd, Siobhan
Year 2017
Description: Description based on CIP data; item not viewed. My name is Ted Spark. I am 12 years and 281 days old. I have seven friends. Three months ago, I solved the mystery of how my cousin Salim disappeared from a pod on the London Eye. This is the story of my second mystery. This summer, I went on holiday to New York, to visit Aunt Gloria and Salim. While I was there, a painting was stolen from the Guggenheim Museum, where Aunt Gloria works. Everyone was very worried and upset. I did not see what the problem was. I do not see the point of paintings, even if they are worth 9.8 million. Perhaps that's because of my very unusual brain, which works on a different operating system to everyone else's. But then Aunt Gloria was blamed for the theft - and Aunt Gloria is family.
Author: Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich, 1899-1977,
Year 2012
Description: Description based on CIP data; resource not viewed. Humbert Humbert - scholar, aesthete and romantic - has fallen completely and utterly in love with Lolita Haze, his landlady's gum-snapping, silky skinned 12-year-old daughter. Reluctantly agreeing to marry Mrs Haze just to be close to Lolita, Humbert suffers greatly in the pursuit of romance; but when Lo herself starts looking for attention elsewhere, he will carry her off on a desperate cross-country misadventure, all in the name of love. Hilarious, flamboyant, heart-breaking and full of ingenious word play, 'Lolita' is an immaculate, unforgettable masterpiece of obsession, delusion and lust.
eBook:The legend of Spud Murphy:2004
Author: Colfer, Eoin
Author: Ross, Tony
Year 2004
Description: Description based on print version record. During the holidays, Will and his big brother Marty are packed off to the library, the home of the dreaded librarian Spud Murphy, who uses a spud gun on kids who put a foot wrong. Eventually, Will and Marty discover a love of books and that Mrs Murphy isn't so bad after all.
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