BPL For Teens

Teens

Access Library Resources Online

Our BPL Digital Library offers a wide range of e-books, e-audiobooks, videos, streaming music and 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! Find out about our loan periods for different items and all the resources you can borrow. 

Get Connected  

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 14 years of age or older, check out our volunteer page for full details. (Please note our volunteer program is closed to new applicants due to COVID precautions.)  However, 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. Get all the details about BPL LIT and how you can get involved. 

 

Study Rooms

Need a place to study for exams, get some writing done or work on a group project? We have a study rooms at both locations, with individual student desks or a group study room at the Painswick Library available on a first-come first-served basis.

Wi-Fi and Computers

The Library offers free Wi-Fi and computers you can use for 180 minutes each day. To use the computers, you need your library card or photo ID. Please read our Internet Use Guidelines.

Free Programs and Events

Explore VR Gaming with friends, take the stage at the Teen Coffee House or attend one of our events like our Job Expo and Comic Con! View our online calendar, for all the details. 

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 get the books you need. A reminder, that we also have French language resources and programs. 

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.

Access RBDigital to read and download hundreds of online magazines like Guitar Player, Seventeen, Teen Vogue, Rolling Stone and more. You can read back issues, and sign up to get notified when new ones come out.

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!

Teen Romance

Historical Fiction for Teens

The Undead: Zombie Novels

If you liked the Divergent Series...

Books made into movies

Books With Bite

Teen Humour

Mystery Fiction

Fantasy 

Science Fiction

Great Reads for Teens

Graphic Novel Adaptations

Can’t find your favourite book in our collection?  You can suggest we purchase a book you’ve enjoyed through our Ask a Librarian page.

Volunteer

Teens are required to get 40 hours of community service to graduate from high school – volunteer at the library to get those hours and make a difference in your community. We have lots of great opportunities for students to volunteer, including at our Barrie Dragon Boat Festival in August, BPL Comic Con in the fall and fun programs and events throughout the year.

Starting in June of 2018, 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. Reviews will be posted on our website - check them out on our review page! 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.

Research

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.

New Books for Teens