BPL For Teens


Get Ready for the School Year Ahead

Access the library online through our Digital Library.  The Digital Library offers a wide range of e-books, e-audiobooks, videos, streaming music, and research databases for assignments and projects - all available for free with a library card! Your BPL library card opens up a new digital world, where you can read, listen, watch and learn - direct from your personal device. 

Need a library card?

Apply online and get a free library card, so much to discover!

View our Information Barrie Community Database and explore the Youth heading to get contact information about employment, recreation, mental health and LGBTQ supports. 

Looking for a way to earn volunteer hours? 

Make new friends and help out the library while earning your volunteer hours. We welcome applications from students to become our Teen Reviewers. Contact volunteers@barrielibrary.ca for more details. There may be other community groups looking for student volunteers, take a look at some options by visiting the community volunteer database.

BPL Leaders & Innovative Teens (LIT)

Join BPL LIT and develop leadership skills by representing the Barrie Public Library at your schools, in library programs, and at community events. Achieve common goals by assisting in the planning and delivery of teen-related programs and special events. Earn volunteer hours by participating in empowering opportunities that develop leadership skills. For more information contact: volunteers@barrielibrary.ca


Borrowing Items

Use your library card to access our digital library and research on a wide range of subjects. Find magazine and newspaper articles using our databases to support your school projects and assignments. Log in to your account to view the items you have checked out, renew them or place a hold to get the books you need. 

Digital Library

You can borrow eBooks and audiobooks through cloudLibrary. Download the cloudLibrary app to browse from your phone or computer.

Download the Hoopla app or visit Hoopla online to download eBooks, audiobooks, movies, TV shows and comics. Register for Hoopla for free with your library card and borrow up to 8 items per month – that means you can watch 8 movies or TV episodes, or borrow 8 eBooks or eAudiobooks every month for free, with no wait lists.

Recommended Reads

Check out our recommended book lists for ages 12 to 17, available in our Teen area. For more inspiration, check out our teen review page!

Can’t find your favourite book in our collection?  You can suggest we purchase a book you’ve enjoyed by visiting the suggested purchases on the bibliocommons website.


Teens are required to get 40 hours of community service to graduate from high school  and we can help!

Teens will have a new way to earn volunteer hours - by becoming a volunteer book reviewer! Earn volunteer hours by writing a review of your favourite book, movie, or video game. If you are interested in this position, please use this special online application form: Teen Reviewer Online Application 

Find organizations in the community that are looking for volunteers through our Community Information Database  and the Barrie Association of Volunteer Administrators.


Although there’s a TON of information on the Internet, not all of it is true – you need to be careful what you use in your research. We have a wide selection of databases for you to use when you need reliable, accurate information for a class assignment or research project. Our databases contain thousands of articles from magazines, journals and newspapers covering a wide variety of subject areas. They’re written by publishers, experts and professionals, and many aren’t available on the Internet. View our Digital Library and get started with your research.

Learn how to write a bibliography to give credit to the works you used for your research.