There really is no such thing as a free lunch, but sometimes it feels as if there is! If you’re a member of an English public library, you have FREE access to a range of excellent online services and subscriptions that will be of use to your editorial work, including one of the world’s most trusted reference collections, Oxford Reference (you'll need to have your library membership number handy).
My librarian told me that England’s online library resources are woefully underused – a pity, surely, as our taxes pay for them. Membership to Norfolk County Council’s library service, for example, includes access to the following online resources via a home computer:
Public library membership is free at the point of delivery, so call up your county librarian and have a chat to see what’s on offer. Editors and proofreaders are feeling the bite of the recession, too, and any tools that complement our services without demanding financial outlay have to be worth exploring.
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