The following access keys are available throughout the Pittwater Council site. "m" will take you to the main content, "n" will take you to the site navigation, "s" will take you to the site search form and "t" will take you to the top of the page.

Main Content

Search a database

Mona Vale Library has access to several electronic databases with comprehensive information available for homework, assignments, or research purposes. These databases are available for use within the library, and some are also accessible from other internet access areas. Use of these resources is free.  

If you would like to search databases of books to read for pleasure but you are unsure of what you might like please go to the Book News & Reviews page. There are several resources to help you.

Library Members Only Access:

Type your library card number in the space provided to enter  the following databases.

- View thousands of clips and full-length videos on a variety of subjects.


    To search all State Library databases below please click on this link Research databases (EBSCO) and use your library card to gain access. If you would like to search only one database please click on the titles below to search them individually. You must still use your library card for access.

    • Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre - a comprehensive full text reference database combining Australasian and international content from magazines, newspapers, newswires, reference books, biographies, company profiles and images.
    • Consumer Health Complete - Health and wellness information from mainstream medicine, holistic and integrated medicine.
    • Literary Reference Centre Plus - Information about authors and their works. Includes plot summaries, critical essays, reviews and more.
    • Science Reference Centre - Search various scientific fields by accessing numerous publication types such as Journals, Newspapers and more.
    • Academic Search Premier - Search in full text or Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals.
    • NoveList Plus - Looking for a good book? Or an author who writes like someone else? Try looking on NoveList Plus.
    • Australia/New Zealand Points of View Reference Centre - Assists the reader in understanding the full scope of controversial subjects.
    • MasterFILE Complete– more than 2,400 popular full text magazines and journals, plus reference books, primary source documents, photos, maps and flags.
    • History Reference Centre – history magazines, journals, reference books, primary source documents, biographies and videos.
    • Hobbies & Crafts Reference Centre –hobby and craft magazines, plus detailed “how-to” instructions, videos, and creative ideas.
    • EBSCO eBooks - Over 32,000 eBook titles. Includes fiction and non-fiction titles in the areas of self-help, health and fitness, games, crafts and hobbies,cooking, religion, recreation and leisure, finance, family, marriage,women, folklore, social and public welfare, home economics, and more.
    • Publication Finder – search for magazines, newspapers, journals and eBook titles available fulltext in EBSCO databases. Browse by subject or discipline.
    Read full text online, or create an EBSCO account and checkout titles to download and read offline.

    Would you like to view EbscoHost databases on your mobile device? Follow these instructions to download the app and authentication key.

    At the Library Only Access:

    • NEW! Find My Past - Research your family tree. (No need to Register or Sign-in, just start searching.)
    • Ancestry - Research your family tree.
    • Standards Australia  - A comprehensive online collection of International and Australian standards, many with full text coverage.

    Access to Find My PastAncestry, and Standards Australia.

    Other Useful Databases:

    Australian Bureau of Statistics  - Access to the latest Australian figures for economic indicators, employment, demographics and Census information.

    State Library of NSW - The State Library has many databases which are accessible from home. To access these databases a Reader's Card is required.

    Building Code of Australia online. Access is FREE but users must register & provide an email address.


    Other Useful Sites:

    The Cancer Directory - contains over 1800 printed, audio visual and electronic publications from over 80 trusted Australian cancer care organisations, and over 700 publications are translated into many of the 47 community languages.