Useful learning resources

View the range of resources available online at Stirling Libraries. 

Ancestry Library edition

Ancestry.com is the key resource for genealogical research. The database includes: Australian convict index, Australian electoral rolls, United Kingdom census records, British Army WW1 pension records, and much more!

Due to licensing agreements, this online resource can usually only be accessed using the link on the public access computers within our library branches. 

Ancestry tutorial

Be Connected

Be Connected is a free national initiative empowering all Australians to thrive in a digital world. 

Be Connected can help you build your skills and confidence with computers, devices and other technologies.

The Be Connected website offers hundreds of step-by-step hands-on lessons and online learning resources, which are easily searched and suitable for all levels of learners. 

As Be Connected Network Partners, Stirling Libraries also offer face-to-face support and events run by our trained digital mentors.  For more information about our Be Connected Library sessions, visit our Activities for adults page.

For more information visit the Be Connected website.

Encyclopedia Britannica

Whether it’s frogs or physics, gardening or geography, Britannica covers it all and for all ages. With three encyclopaedias in one, you can choose the content that is at your reading, age and research level from the home page.

Start your research today with Encyclopedia Britannica.

Encyclopedia Britannica

hoopla

hoopla is a digital media service that allows library members to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows. Online or through an app, hoopla delivers a catalogue of over 900,000+ titles that are available to be streamed or downloaded immediately - no holds or wait time.

Loan information

  • Borrow up to 6 instant borrows per month
  • Loan period differs according the format borrowed:
    • 21 days for eBooks, eAudio, eComics and graphic novels
    • 7 days for music
    • 3 days for movies and TV episodes.
  • Library card number and an email address is needed to create an account.

hoopla tutorial

To access hoopla on your mobile device or tablet, download the hoopla app from either the App Store or Google Play.

To view the catalogue and reserve books online, please visit the hoopla website.

Niche Academy - online tutorials

Niche Academy provides online video tutorials for using our Digital Library resources such as BorrowBox, RBdigital and OverDrive. There are also quick tutorials for major social media platforms, and databases and other online resources.

To see the full range of tutorials go to the Niche Academy website.

Cybersafety

Cybersafety is term that refers to being prepared and educated to deal with a number of potential online risks. 

Cyberbullying and cybercrimes include, but are not limited to:

  • Online scams
  • Illegal downloading of copyrighted material
  • Online exploitation
  • Trolling
  • Identity theft
  • Viruses and malware.

Stirling Libraries are eSmart accredited and committed to providing an environment where community members feel safe when using our online services for learning, entertainment, support and education.

Image of a child on a device

Cybersafety tips

  • Do not share your log in details and passwords with others

  • Do not give out personal or financial details

  • Report any bullying, harassment or unlawful behaviour to the relevant authorities/mediators
  • Think carefully before posting content online - this includes sharing photographs and videos
  • Avoid opening emails or downloading attachments from unknown senders
  • Ensure children under 12 years of age are supervised when using computers.

Reporting online incidents

If you experience an incident online, it's important to report it to the relevant Government department to ensure these matters are followed up on.

TypeReporting information
Cyberbullying

Report to local police 13 14 44

Online fraudReport to local police 13 14 44
Cyber Security, data breaches & hackingAustralian Cyber Security Centre
Online abuse and/or bullyingeSafety Commissioner at esafety.gov.au
Scams (Internet-based or email)Report to SCAMwatch - Australian Competition & Consumer Commission
Online child exploitationContact Australian Federal Police via the online child protection form
SpamReport to ACMA
Faulty goods or services purchased onlineReport to the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC)
Internet banking fraudContact your bank for advice on whether to report to local police

Cybersafety useful links and resources

Useful library resources

Additional handy resources

View freely accessible websites that have been selected by library staff to complement the Library eResources: