BPL Digital Library Academy


Getting Started and 'how-to' guides for online library resources.
Features tips and troubleshooting for eBooks, getting started with online databases like SimplyAnalytics or Ancestry and tutorials on common tools like Email and Zoom.

For personalized Tech Coach sessions register in our online events calendar.

Getting Started Guide

BPL Program Portal - Business


The Business page of our Program Portal hosts programs such as:

- Business Plan Basics (free Niche Academy account required)
- Start Your Business Basics (free Niche Academy account required)

Register for upcoming business programs on the Events Calendar.

Brainfuse HelpNow


Get live online study help from a professional tutor (disponible en français).
Ask questions or use the extensive library of lessons, practice tests and study aids on academic subjects from Kindergarten to post-secondary. Receive advice on writing style and live help with English and French language learning.

Adults can also find learning and career resources. These include resume writing, Microsoft Office help and preparation for the Canadian citizenship test.

Getting Started Guide | Mobile Apps (Android or iOS)

Business eBook Collection


A collection of online eBooks covering a variety of business and e-commerce topics.  Also includes the Business Plans Handbooks series that provides sample business plans for a variety of manufacturing, retail, and service industries. 

Other topics in the Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) are also available through this link.

cloudLibrary NewsStand


Read thousands of full-colour eMagazines and newspapers covering a variety of topics and interests. Titles are available from many countries and in a host of languages.

Magazines can be read in a web browser or downloaded to a mobile app.

Getting Started Guide | Printable Guides |
Mobile Apps (Android or iOS)

County of Simcoe Data Portal


Local and customized data covering social & demographic information from the census, immigration data and real-time data on shelter utilization & system flow.

A great resource for research on who and how people are living in Barrie and Simcoe County .

EBSCO Explora - Magazines & Journals


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

Explora searches across multiple databases including MasterFILE Premier (including Consumer Reports & Consumer Reports Buying Guide), Canadian Points of View, Canadian Reference Centre, Consumer Health Complete and Primary Search.

Getting Started Guide

Gale PowerSearch - Magazines & Journals


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

Searches across multiple databases including Academic OneFile, Popular Magazines and Gale e-Books.

Information Barrie Community Directory


Includes information about non-profit agencies, government offices, health services, clubs and special interest organizations, volunteer opportunities, daycare services, support groups and listings for many private counsellors and counselling services in the Barrie area.

Also includes sub-sections for local community food programs and volunteer opportunities.

Getting Started Guides



Create, modify, and save hundreds of legal documents for personal and business use. LawDepot builds the form and puts your information into the proper places in the document. Includes wills, powers of attorney, leases, employment or service contracts, partnership forms, separation or confidentiality agreements and more.

To log in click the Open button above, then click Get a Pass. Enter your card number and PIN, then Continue.

Getting Started Guide

Learn It Live


Learn It Live offers daily online live and recorded classes. Topics include health, wellness, parenting and personal development. There's also a strong focus on career development, leadership, management, communication, sales and teambuilding.

To log in click the Open button above, then click Get a Pass. Enter your card number and PIN, then Continue to Learn it Live.

Getting Started Guide

Libby Magazines


Browse thousands of online magazines covering a wide variety of interests, from entertainment and sports to lifestyle, business and technology.

Getting Started Guide | Printable Guide | Mobile Apps

LinkedIn Learning


Learn a new skill online, on your time. Over 16,000 video courses in Business, Technology and Creative Skills taught by industry experts.

Mobile App Users: You will be asked for a Library ID (barrielibrary) or email when you log into the mobile app.
Our Library ID is barrielibrary. Enter this as a response to either request.

Getting Started Guide | Printable Guides



Full-colour, full-page images of over 6,000 magazines and newspapers from 120 countries in 60 languages the day they hit the newsstands.  Magazines include popular titles as well as business and current affairs.  Archives of up to 60 days are available as well as today's papers.  Advanced features include automated translation and the ability to listen to articles. 

Includes the Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Star, and many more Canadian and international titles.

Note:  Globe & Mail is only accessible through PressReader at the Library.  The publisher does not permit remote access to this title.

Getting Started Guide | Printable Guide


In Library Only

Create professional maps and reports using 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. Now includes COVID-19 Outbreak - Canada 2020 data.

Getting Started Guide | Printable Guides

Note:  The Publisher has provided temporary 24/7 remote access due to disruptions caused by COVID-19. We recommend a laptop or computer to access this database. 



Universal Class


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.

Getting Started Guide


SimplyAnalytics is Only Available in the Library during Open Hours. Please access SimplyAnalytics from inside the library at this time.

SimplyAnalytics is Only Available in the Library during Open Hours. Please access SimplyAnalytics from inside the library at this time.