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Ancestry Library

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Looking to find your roots?  Search genealogical records for Canada, the U.S. and the U.K., including census, vital statistics, church, court, and immigration records.

Lynda.com

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Learn a new skill online, on your time.  Over 6,000 video courses in Business, Technology and Creative Skills taught by industry experts.

Barrie Historical Newspaper Archive

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Historical announcements and articles from Barrie news sources from 1847-1979.

Toronto Star: ProQuest Historical Newspapers

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Full page images of the Toronto Star from 1894 - 2014. Easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time.

Globe and Mail: ProQuest Historical Newspapers

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Full page images of the Globe and Mail from 1844 - 2013. Easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time.

SimplyAnalytics

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Create professional quality maps and reports using powerful demographic, business and marketing data. SimpyAnalytics has the data you need to answer key research questions, make sound business decisions and understand the socio-demographic and economic conditions of any area in Canada and the US. View SimplyAnalytics FAQs.

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Mango Languages

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Learn over 70 languages through interactive lessons and activities, including Spanish, English, French, German, Korean – and even Pirate!

Universal Class

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Hundreds of online courses for continuing education and personal development. Learn at your own pace whenever and wherever it’s convenient for you, and get help from certified instructors.

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Career Cruising

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Discover your interests, learn about careers, explore education options and search for jobs.

RBdigital Online Magazines

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Full digital copies of popular English and French magazines. Read online on your phone, tablet, computer or Kindle, or download the app to read offline.  

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Chilton Library

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Get the detailed information you need to tackle vehicle maintenance and repairs. Includes step-by-step service and repair procedures, labour estimating tool, photos, illustrations, diagrams and more.

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EBSCOhost eAudiobooks

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Search and browse to find audiobooks, journals and more.

Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)

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Handbooks, encyclopedias and other publications covering popular subjects. From Who Discovered DNA to Folktales and Fairy Tales, you’ll find a variety of interesting reads.

Gale Virtual Reference Library - Kids

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Full-text encyclopedia articles to help students with research and homework assignments.

Hoopla

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Stream or download music, movies, and TV shows directly to your computer or mobile device. Hoopla also contains e-books, e-audiobooks and comics.

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Libraries on the Go

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Borrow popular and bestselling eBooks and audiobooks in English and French.

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RBdigital Audiobooks

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Listen to audiobooks of literary classics by Jane Austen, Lewis Carroll, Charlotte Bronte and more.

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A to Z Publications Finder

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Search news, magazines, journals, books and other resources by keyword, subject, publication, date and more (excludes RBdigital).

Gale Literary Sources

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Discover biographies, reviews, criticisms, and overviews. Search modern novelists, poems, and short stories.

Auto Repair Reference Center

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Get repair and maintenance information on most models of vehicles from 1954 to present. Service bulletins and updates are added regularly. 

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Local Newspapers 2000-Present

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Online articles from the Barrie Examiner, Orillia Packet and Times, Collingwood Enterprise Bulletin and Midland Free Press. February 2000 – Present.

Basic ESL

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Online courses to learn English and improve listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.

Biography in Context

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Biographies of prominent people throughout history, including images, news, audio, articles and more.

Books and Authors

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Looking for what to read next?  Get expert book recommendations and reading lists. Browse by author, genre, or title, or look through our expert picks and award winners.

Canadian Major Dailies

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Search full text articles from 21 major Canadian daily newspapers, including Globe and Mail and Toronto Star. 1985 to current.

Canadian Points of View

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Analyses of current issues in the news. Includes essays, radio transcripts, and magazine and newspaper articles that present both sides of the issue.

CBCA Complete

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Millions of full-text articles from scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines, reports, radio and TV transcripts, news & more from the Canadian Business & Current Affairs Database.

Consumer Health Complete

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Health and wellness information for patients. Search or browse by topic and get full-text articles from a range of valuable sources.

Encyclopaedia Universalis

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La plus importante encyclopédie de langue française.

CPI.Q

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A periodical collection supporting Canadian topics and research. Search almost 18 million articles by subject or publication.

Explora

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Full-text articles from books, magazines, journal articles, news, biographies and other sources. Explore current events, history, health and more.

Curio

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Stream audio and video from CBC and Radio-Canada. You’ll find documentaries from TV and radio, news reports and more.

Gale PowerSearch

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Discover a collection of authoritative periodicals, scholarly journals, newspapers and reference content. Use the Topic Finder to explore new topics or keywords related to your search.

EBSCOhost eBooks

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Selection of ebooks, primarily academic focus.

Global Road Warrior

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Detailed information on 175 countries around the world, useful for travellers, business people, students and geography buffs. Research a nation's culture, language, food, business culture, banking, economy, trade and history.

Goldfish School

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Online courses for learning English or French, using visual and audio exercises and tests. Includes sections to prepare for the TOEFL and IELTS English-language tests.

Health and Wellness Resource Center

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Accurate, authoritative information on health-related issues, from current disease and disorder information to in-depth coverage of alternative and complementary medical practices.

Kids Infobits

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Database of information built for beginner researchers in Kindergarten through Grade 5.

LegalTrac

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Journal articles from law reviews, legal newspapers, bar association journals, and international legal journals, with a mainly American focus.

MaBiblioNumerique

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Vous y trouverez des œuvres de fiction pour les adultes, ados, et enfants – albums, bandes-dessinées, et romans ainsi que des documentaires d’intérêt général.

Francais  |   English

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NoveList K-8 Plus

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Recommended reads and suggested authors for teens, ages 9-12 and ages 0-8. Covers popular fiction and nonfiction books and series for kids.

NoveList Plus

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Recommended reads and suggested authors for adults, teens, and kids. Browse popular fiction and nonfiction books and series by genre, read-alikes and what your reading ‘mood’ is.

Oxford Reference Online

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Discover the best of Oxford University Press's reference titles on a dynamic digital platform.

O'Brien's Forms

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Collection of Canadian legal forms, agreements and commentary covering leases, commercial law, wills and trusts, and Ontario Family Law.

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PebbleGo

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Reading and research tools for Pre- Kindergarten to Grade 3. Learn about exciting topics like Animals, Science and Dinosaurs.

Poetry & Short Story Reference Centre

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Full-text classic and contemporary poems, short stories, biographies and essays.

Sante en Francais

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Fournit des rapports faciles à lire avec des renseignements scientifiquement fondés dans le domaine de la santé. 

TechBoomers

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Free articles and blogs to help you learn how to use popular websites and apps like Facebook, Netflix and Amazon.

Teen Health and Wellness

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Information on health and wellness topics for teens including diseases, drugs and alcohol, nutrition, fitness, mental health, diversity, family life, and more.

Tumble Biblio Enfants

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Elle inclut des livres pour enfants, des romans jeunesse, des romans classique, des vidéos, des casse têtes et jeux, des nouvelles graphiques et des livres en d’autres langues comme en espagnol et en anglais.

TumbleBook Library

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A collection of storybooks, read alongs, graphic novels, playlists, puzzles and more. Available in English, French and Spanish.

TumbleBookCloud

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eBooks, audiobooks and videos for Grades 7 – 12, available online 24/7. Includes chapter books, early readers and YA/Teen novels.

TumbleBookCloud Junior

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eBooks, audiobooks and videos for kids in Grades 3 – 6, available online 24/7. Includes early reader chapter books, children's classics and National Geographic videos.

Universalis Junior

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Une encyclopédie en français spécialement conçue pour les enfants et les jeunes adolescents.  Il existe une version anglaise de plusieurs articles, ainsi qu’un dictionnaire français – anglais, anglais - français.

Your Legal Rights

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Free, practical, and easy-to-find legal information produced by hundreds of organizations across Ontario.

PressReader

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Delivers full-colour, full-page images of over 6,000 newspapers and magazines from 120 countries in 60 languages the day they hit the newsstands.  Archives of up to 60 days are available as well as today's papers.  Advanced features include setting up your own collection of preferred titles, the option to join the conversation and comment on articles, automated translation, and the ability to listen to articles.  Includes the Barrie Examiner, Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Star, and many more Canadian and International titles.