Free database subscription resources
Get free access to databases, market research, journals, directories and reports worth thousands of pounds. We pay the subscription fee so that our library users can benefit from access to a range of tools (see list below). So whether you want to conduct research into a new market, check out your competitors, do research for your business pitch, look at future trends or find funding opportunities, we have access to a database that can help you. Note: The links below will take you to our external library website.
Do I need to be a library member?
If you are not a full member of the library, you can become a virtual member in order to access subscription resources available on the e-Library from home or office.
How does it work?
When you visit the premium subscription websites from your home or office you will need to enter your library card number in the box provided. Some resources may only be available in certain libraries due to licensing requirements - any restrictions are listed in the entry for each resource below.
Business and intellectual property list of resources
Complete Business Reference Adviser (COBRA)
COBRA is a practical and comprehensive resource for anyone wanting to start a business, write a business or marketing plan or conduct research into a new market. Cobra is available in all libraries and home access by entering library card number.
Emerging Markets Information Service (EMIS)
EMIS is a global database providing company, industry and economic information including company reports and financial statements. EMIS can only be accessed at Northamptonshire Central, Wellingborough, Kettering, Towcester and Brixworth libraries.
Fame is a comprehensive database of information on both public and private companies across the UK and Ireland. It is a valuable business intelligence tool for sales and marketing.
Due to licensing requirements Fame is not available through home access. While our libraries are closed or have restricted opening, you can request reports to be emailed to you by emailing email@example.com
Frost and Sullivan
Frost and Sullivan is a specialist market analysis database focussing on the sciences and technology, providing in-depth global market research & strategy reports covering medical technology, chemicals & plastics, automation, electronics, energy systems, environmental & building technologies and IT. Frost and Sullivan can only be accessed at Northamptonshire Central Library.
Due to licensing requirements Frost and Sullivan is not available through home access. While our libraries are closed or have restricted opening, you can request executive summaries of reports to be emailed to you by emailing
GrantFinder enables you to identify, apply for and manage funding. Featuring over 8,000 continuously updated funding opportunities. GrantFinder can only be accessed at Northamptonshire Central Library, Wellingborough Library, Kettering Library, Towcester library and Brixworth libraries.
IBIS World market research reports
IBIS World is a global market research database providing statistics and expert analysis on industries, countries, consumers and companies.
Due to licensing requirements IBIS World is not available through home access. While our libraries are closed or have restricted opening, you can request market research reports to be emailed to you by emailing
Kompass is a global business to business directory which enables you to find new business leads.
Kompass home access is temporarily available during the Covid-19 pandemic. Please be aware that downloading is only available by visiting Northamptonshire Central, Wellingborough, Kettering, Towcester and Brixworth libraries.
Local Data Online have a team that are on the ground daily, physically examining every retail location across the UK to capture an accurate and dynamic picture of the UK high street. Historic analysis, present and future forecasts can be taken from this data, enabling businesses to make better strategic decisions.
Mintel provides in-depth market researcher reporting focusing on businesses that provide services to consumers. Mintel can only be accessed at Northamptonshire Central, Kettering, Wellingborough and Towcester Libraries.
Newsbank provides full text of articles from a wide range of UK national, regional & local papers as well as international news sources including print and online-only newspapers, blogs, newswires, journals (including business journals), broadcast transcripts and videos. Coverage includes over 300 UK news sources and over 1,800 US news sources. Newsbank is available in all libraries and home access.
Statista is a worldwide resource containing reports, statistics, outlooks and infographics for industries in over 150 countries.