Does my library subscribe?

Many public, university, and institutional libraries subscribe to the OED Online, and should offer remote access from home. Ask your librarian whether your library subscribes.

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Individual subscriptions are also available. Click here to find out more.


Nearly all public libraries in England, Scotland, and Wales— and all in Northern Ireland—subscribe to the Oxford English Dictionary online. This means you can access the dictionary, free, via your local library. Find out more.

Most libraries also offer ‘remote access’. This means that, if you are a member of your local library, you can access the OED online free anywhere you have internet access. Just enter your library membership number (on your library card) in the box provided at

Rest of the world

Of course, many public, university, and institutional libraries elsewhere in the world subscribe, and should offer remote access. Speak to your librarian to find out whether your library subscribes.