Online Resources

The following resources let you read newspapers online, get homework help, research your family history and much more.

Some of the links will prompt you to enter your library card number, so ensure you have this handy before accessing. For more databases, try the State Library of Victoria.

Biography | Children's Literacy | Comics Plus | Computer Tutorials | e-audiobookse-books and e-magazines | Encyclopedia  | 

Family History | Health | IELTS and Language Learning | Job SupportLaw | Music | NewslettersNewspapers and Magazines |

Reading Room | Statistics | Study HelpTutoring |               Library app (Bookmyne) |  Online Library Tips



Australian Dictionary of Biography

Biographies of Australians who died before 1980

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Children's Literacy and Tuition


Story Box Library

Over 240 award-winning educational games for ages three to seven.

Busy Things

Engaging online stories aimed at Australian primary school aged children. 

Story Box Library



An online collection of animated talking picture books, reading comprehension quizzes and educational games.



Computer Tutorials

Aussie Driver

Digital Learn


Getting ready to become a new driver in Victoria? Help is available. Aussie Drivers has the resources you need to help you get ready, pass your learners test, and become a driver: free learners practice tests & this year’s official Victoria Driver’s manual! 

       Learner's Help

If you are new to computers, haven't used them for a while, are a little unsure and uncomfortable, or just need a bit of a refresher, we have the tools to help you tackle technology at your own pace and gain the confidence you need to succeed.




GCF Learn Free

Microsoft Digital Literacy Standard

Mouse Training offers more than 90 tutorials, including more than 1,000 lessons, videos, and interactives, completely free. 

GCF Learn Free

Digital Literacy Standard teaches generic ICT skills and concepts. The curriculum features screen shots and simulations from Windows 8 and Microsoft Office 2013 to illustrate and provide hands-on examples.

Learn how to use a computer mouse through these exercises, both professional and fun!

Minimouse - fun kids games

Mouse Accuracy - mouse & pointer training

Mouse Program - with Mr Squirrel

Victorian Tech Savvy Seniors

Windows Basics


Victorian Tech Savvy Seniors is designed to give older people the opportunity to develop skills to use technology for socialising, accessing important services, or conducting personal business.

Telstra Everyone connected


Windows Basics topics are designed to introduce you to personal computing and the Windows operating system. 

Windows 7 | Windows 8




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Encyclopedias and Reference 

Britannica Online

CIA World Factbook

An integrated search of the full Encyclopaedia Britannica, including the Student and Elementary editions.

Encyclopedia Britannica Online logo

In library  |  From home

History, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.

CIA World Fact Book

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Family History - In library use only


A wide range of unique resources for genealogical and historical research.

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Better Health Channel

The Cochrane Library

Health Direct Australia

Online consumer-focused health and medical information, from the Victorian Government.

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iPad/iPhone app

Includes reliable evidence from reviews, clinical trials and more.


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Providing easy access to quality information about human health, from the Federal Government.

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Health Translations Directory

Merck Manual


Portal of over 10,000 translated health resources in over 90 languages.

Health Translations


The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, often called simply The Merck Manual, is the world's best-selling medical textbook. First published in 1899, as of July 2011, it is in its 19th print edition and is fully searchable online.

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IELTS and Language Learning

Road to IELTS

Transparent Language Online

IELTS general training button      IELTS Academic button

International English Language Testing System - includes 120 hours of intensive work on vocabulary, reading, writing, listening and speaking, helping you to develop your skills necessary to succeed in the IELTS exam.  Access it on your computer or laptop, or use the app on your phone, iPad or tablet.

Android / Apple

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A personalised language - learning system, featuring over 90 languages and 17 ESL courses.  Use on the Internet or download the App for your smart device.  Please note: you must register online first, then once logged in, click Go Mobile in the toolbar to get the code required to activate the app.

Android |  Apple

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Everyday Law

AustLII is Australia's most popular online free-access resource for Australian legal information.

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ComLaw has the most complete and up-to-date collection of Commonwealth legislation and includes notices from the Commonwealth Government Notices Gazette from 1 October 2012.


A go-to destination for everday legal queries, with plain language legal information provided by 150 organisations in Victoria. Provided by the Victorian Law Foundation

everyday law

Law Handbook Online

Victorian Legislation


The most comprehensive do-it-yourself guide to the law in Victoria.

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Parliamentary documents, Statutues, Acts and laws produced by the Victorian State Government.

Victorian legislation


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Login with your Library card and PIN
Download up to 3 MP3 tracks per week.

Alternatively, download a music video (counts as 2 MP3 tracks).

OR Download the App for your smart device.

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Android |  Apple

Be aware that songs downloaded through the app can only be transferred out of the app into iTunes - so it may be better to download music to computer and then transfer to your mobile device.

Once installed, the app will ask for your postcode.  Just enter Australia and then select Casey-Cardinia Library Corporation as your library.


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Newspapers and Magazines

Press Reader

Zinio e-magazines

Choice Online

Formerly known as Press Display. Read Today's papers plus 90 days of back issues, including international newspapers.  NOTE: HeraldSun and the Australian are no longer available through Press Reader, after being withdrawn by the publisher.

In Library | From Home

OR Download the Press Reader app for your smart device - when in the library, download your paper/magazine and then take home to read offline.

Apps (Android, Apple, Blackberry, Windows, Kindle)

Discover and read from a selection of current magazines. Free with your libZiniorary card and accessible on a range of devices. 

Download the Zinio App for your smart device - then download your paper/magazine and use the app to read offline. Note: you have to register via our website first.


Access Choice free online through your library.  Read it through a browser and if not in the library, use your library card number to login. You can opt to read if offline using the Flipster app. (you MUST access Choice through the library website on a browser first, then go to the menu and select Open in App for offline reading)

Back issues can be accessed through the current issue.  Open the current magazine through a web browser, then at right click on All Issues and click on the issue you want to access.

Android | AppleChoice

Flipster FAQ


Leader Community Newspapers

Star Community Newspapers


The whole range Leader newspapers online, including the Berwick, Cranbourne, Free Press (Emerald) and Pakenham-Cardinia Leaders. Read online or search for articles across all Leader newspapers over the last two months.


Read the Berwick News, Cranbourne News, Pakenham Gazette or Pakenham-Officer News online, or browse the Archives back to May 2008.


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Reading Room

Visit the Reading Room for reviews, recommendations and more OR go straight to our e-books page for e-books, e-audiobooks and e-magazines.



Australian Bureau of Statistics

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) provides key statistics on a wide range of economic, environmental and social issues, to assist and encourage informed decision making, research and discussion within governments and the community.

Australian Bureau of Statistics



Your Tutor provides students in Years 3 to 12 (and some TAFE) with one-on-one chat help with an online tutor, from 3pm to 10pm Sunday to Friday during school terms. 

Covers english, writing, maths, science, economics, business studies, legal studies, geography, research, study and searching skills.

All free and accessible with your library card.

Your Tutor


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