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Academic OneFile

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Access to over 9000 full text journals and newspapers covering business, science, medicine, and engineering.

This online resource is a good source of academic and scholarly information. Includes Gale Encyclopedia of Science and Encyclopedia of World Biography.

Video Tutorial

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.

Note:  The Publisher has provided temporary remote access while libraries are closed due to COVID-19.

Video Tutorial

ArtistWorks

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Learn to play a variety of musical instruments with these online video lessons. There also courses on different styles of singing and music, including hip hop scratch.

Course List | Video Tutorial

AtoZ

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Learn about other countries in fun and unexpected ways using the links below:

AtoZ World Food Explore recipes and food culture in all countries of the world
AtoZ Food America Find out about recipes and ethnic food culture in the United States
AtoZ World Travel Research cities of the world. Ideal for explorers or armchair travellers.
AtoZ World Business Facts focused on the business and economic aspects of world countries.
AtoZ Maps Online Full colour modern and historical maps of regions of the world. Great for geographers and writers.
LingoLITE Learn the basics of 30 languages using video and audio clips

Note:  The Publisher has provided temporary access while libraries are closed due to COVID-19.

AudioBookCloud

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A collection of over 1,200 streaming audiobook titles including a variety of genres and interest levels.

Note:  The Publisher has provided temporary access while libraries are closed due to COVID-19.

AuthorCheck

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A source for author information on books in Barrie Public Library. You can discover new books by your favourite author and sign up for an email alert whenever we get a new book by them.

New Item Alerts & SelectReads Help | Overview

Auto Repair Source

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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.

Barrie Historical Newspaper Archive

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

Some gaps in online coverage exist where we may have the issues on  microfilm.

Barrie Public Library eJournals A-Z

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Find news, magazines, academic and trade journals from across Barrie Public Library's online resources.

eJournal Title Search: Find online magazines by publication title or subject (excludes RBdigital and PressReader).

eJournal Article Search: Locate and view articles

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 the expert picks and award winners.

BPL Digital Library Academy

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Short tutorials on how to use library resources. Features tips and troubleshooting for e-books, 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

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The home for Barrie Public Library's online programs, such as storytimes, reading tips , kids activities and genealogy tips.

To register for programs and find out what's coming up see our online events calendar.

Getting Started Guide

Britannica Library

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Access to the Encyclopedia Britannica, Merriam-Webster Dictionary, thousands of magazine and journal articles, and 90,000 images, videos, and audio clips at three different reading levels.

Main | Kids | Teens

Video Tutorial

Business ebook Collection

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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.

CAMPUS - National Film Board

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The National Film Board’s video streaming service for schools and libraries. Watch educational films, documentaries, interactive productions and utilise online teaching tools.

Our subscription focuses on the educational films - some other films on the site may not be freely available.

Note:  The Publisher has provided temporary access to many films while libraries are closed due to COVID-19.

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.

Cantook Station

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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

Guide d'aide  |  Help Guide

cloudLibrary

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cloudLibrary is your main source of e-books and e-audiobooks. Browse thousands of titles for adults, teens, and children and download to a mobile device, computer or e-reader.

Search our online catalogue for titles the library owns or search through the mobile app or cloudLibrary website for a wider range of titles from our partner libraries.

cloudLibrary FAQs

Printable Help Guides | Video Tutorial

Consumer Health Complete

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Comprehensive health and wellness information for patients and non-experts.
Search or browse by topic and get full-text articles, fact sheets and reports from a range of medical and alternative sources. Also features a directory of drugs, herbal and nutritional supplements.

Video Tutorial

Creativebug

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Watch and learn from award-winning art and craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists. This includes sewing, quilting, jewellery making, recipes, Cricut projects and much more. You can also watch Creativebug TV for inspiration and entertainment!

Try out the Crafting at Home programs. This is a specially created series of classes and projects to tide you through your time at home. One will be released each week. Remember to login, comment on your project and upload pictures!

Crafting at Home: Week 1 | Week 2  | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6

Printable Getting Started Guide | Video Tutorial

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. Includes National Geographic Channel and BBC Documentaries.

Due to subscription restrictions videos may not screened in a classroom setting.

Dictionary of Canadian Biography

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The Dictionary of Canadian Biography/Dictionnaire biographique du Canada (DCB/DBC) contains 8,500 biographies. This includes the complete contents of volumes I to XV, revealing the life stories of Canadians covering the years 1000 to 1930.

e-Book Alerts

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Subscribe to email alerts for new e-books at Barrie Public Library. Browse and sign up for emails based on e-book genre.

New Item Alerts & SelectReads Help | Overview

EBSCO 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.

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

Video Tutorial

EBSCOhost eAudiobooks

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Search and browse to find audiobooks, journals and more.

Help Guide

EBSCOhost eBooks

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Selection of ebooks, primarily academic focus.

Help Guide

Elementary (formerly Kids Infobits)

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Online reference books, images and news. All content is age-appropriate, reliable and covers a broad range of educational topics important for beginner researchers in Kindergarten through Grade 5.

Video Tutorial

FamilySearch

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FamilySearch is a resource for genealogical data from a wide variety of countries, including census, birth/marriage/death records, military and probate records. It allows you to create your own family tree online and search those of other users.

Barrie Public Library is a FamilySearch Affiliate Library, which allows users within a library branch to access over 350 million otherwise restricted images.

This resource requires users to register for a free account.

Flipster

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With Flipster you can read your favourite magazines online or download them to the Flipster mobile app.

Flipster Video Tutorial | Printable Getting Started Guide

G1.ca

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Online driver education program containing the following Ontario-specific information: 6 G1 practice tests for cars, 1 M1 practice test for motorcycles; 1 G1 test simulator (cars), 1 M1 test simulator (motorcycle); an FAQ section with detailed answers to 100+ MTO-related questions. A great companion to the MTO driver's handbook. Other MTO handbooks are available online.

Gale Business: Plan Builder

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This will guide you step-by-step through a workflow to help you brainstorm and plan for your small business. You will create documents, business and foundation plans that you can save, email or download. This resource has pathways for regular small businesses and nonprofits.

You must create a free user account the first time you use Small Business Builder.

Gale eBooks

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

Formerly named Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL).

Video Tutorials

Gale eBooks - Health & Medicine

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A collection of online ebooks covering a variety of health topics including in-depth resources for both physical and mental health.  Examples include Genetic Disorders, Children's Health, Senior Health, Alternative Medicine, Encyclopedia of Drugs, Diets, Surgery & Medical Tests, Cancer, and Pregnancy & Childbirth.

Gale eBooks - Kids

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

Gale Literary Sources

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

This resource incorporates Literature Criticism Online and Something About the Author.

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.

Searches across multiple databases including Academic OneFile, Popular Magazines, Gale Virtual Reference Library and General Reference Center Gold.

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.

Video Tutorial

Globe and Mail Historical Newspapers

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

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 English-language tests.

Grant Connect

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A funder database that includes over 3,000 Canadian grant-making foundations and 400 corporations, government funding programs, and US foundations that support Canadian non-profit organizations.

Quick Start Guide

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.

Hoopla no longer supports Internet Explorer or iOS9 or below. Please use alternate browsers or devices.

Help Guide | Video Tutorial

Information Barrie Community Database

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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.

LawDepot

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

On the LawDepot login page click 'Create New Account', or use your existing account for RBdigital (formerly Zinio Online Magazines). Then click 'Browse Documents' to begin.

LinkedIn Learning with Lynda.com content

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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.

Printable Getting Started Guide | Video Tutorial

Little Pim

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10 language programs for kids ages 0-6 including Arabic, Chinese, English/ESL, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish.

Mango Languages

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

Note: The Publisher has provided temporary access while libraries are closed due to COVID-19.

MERCK Manual

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One of the world’s most widely used medical information resources. The manuals contain information on medical topics, symptoms, drugs, procedures, news, videos, self-assessment tools and a guide to medical terminology.

New Book Alerts

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Showcases the newest titles purchased by Barrie Public Library.

You can receive alerts for all new items via email or RSS feeds. If you see a new title that you are interested in, just click "check catalog" to place a hold on the item right away.
You can also read reviews and find read-a-like books.

New Item Alerts & SelectReads Help | Overview

NoveList K-8 Plus

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Recommended reads and suggested authors for teens, ages 9-12 and ages 0-8. Find out about popular fiction and nonfiction books and series for younger readers.

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.

Video Tutorial

Oxford Reference Online

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Reference titles from Oxford University Press. Includes the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, Oxford Companions to Canadian Literature, Children's Literature, Shakespeare, the Bible and American Politics. You can also read the Grove Encyclopedia series focusing on art, music and architecture.

Video Tutorial

PebbleGo

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Reading and research tools for Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 3. Learn about exciting topics like Animals, Science and Dinosaurs. Includes text, audio, video and printable activities.

Note:  The Publisher has provided temporary access to the items below while libraries are closed due to COVID-19:

PressReader

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Full-colour, full-page images of over 6,000 newspapers, business and current affairs titles 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 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.

Video Tutorial for Pressreader website and mobile app | Printable Getting Started Guide

Primary Search

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Online access to more than 70 popular elementary school magazines along with the American Heritage Children's Dictionary and an image collection.

RBdigital Audiobooks

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

Help Guide | Video Tutorial

RBdigital Online Magazines

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

Video Tutorial | Printable Getting Started Guide

RomanceBookCloud

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A collection of 1,800 romance books including contemporary, historical, time travel, paranormal, and inspirational titles.

Note:  The Publisher has provided temporary access while libraries are closed due to COVID-19.

Salem Press Health e-Books

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Detailed reference books on physical health, mental health and diseases.

Includes: Adolescent Health & Wellness, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Magill's Medical Guide, Psychology and Mental Health, Salem Health: Cancer and Salem Health: Nutrition.

Sante en francais

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

SelectReads

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Sign up for monthly emails highlighting new items, reading suggestions, staff picks and more.

Browse selected genre lists of titles that Barrie Public Library has on its shelves, including books, audiobooks, music and DVDs.

New Item Alerts & SelectReads Help | SelectReads Overview

Simcoe County Surname Settlers Database

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An online searchable database containing information about settlers and early residents of Simcoe County as recorded in a number of sources.

Simcoe.com

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Simcoe.com provides news and information to the communities in Simcoe County and Grey-Bruce.  Simcoe.com includes content from the Barrie Advance as well as other area newspapers. The search on this website also includes articles from the Barrie Examiner from approximately 2012 until its closure in November 2017.

If you are looking for Canadian obituaries, you can search by city and date at yourlifemoments.ca.

SimplyAnalytics

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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.

- Available for use within the library during business hours. Remote use allowed between 7pm-7am and all day on weekends.
- Recommend using laptop or desktop computer.
- Up to 5 users at any one time. Please log out of SimplyAnalytics when you are finished.

Getting Started: Video Tutorial | Printable Guides

Note:  The Publisher has provided temporary 24/7 remote access while libraries are closed due to COVID-19.

Steps to Justice

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Clear, simple, step-by-step answers to common legal problems for Ontarians. You can find free legal clinics and definitions of legal terms. Live chat and email support is also available.

Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) and other legal groups in Ontario contribute to this resource.

For local legal services check the Information Barrie Community Database.

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.

TeenBookCloud

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A collection of over 1,000 Graphic Novels, enhanced novels with full audio narration and highlighted text, e-books, classic literature, drama and poetry. Also has National Geographic videos, educator resources and audiobooks. Aimed at Grades 7 – 12, available online, 24/7.

Toronto Star Historical Newspapers

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

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 e-books, e-audiobooks, puzzles and videos for kids in Grades K – 6. Includes early reader chapter books, children's classics and National Geographic videos.

Available in English, French and Spanish. Contains titles previously found in TumbleBookCloud Junior.

Video Tutorial

TumbleMath

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TumbleMath is a comprehensive collection of math picture books for grades K-6 complete with animation and narration.

Note:  The Publisher has provided temporary access while libraries are closed due to COVID-19.

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.

Video Tutorial

 

Your Legal Rights

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

Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) and other legal groups in Ontario contribute to this resource.

For local legal services check the Information Barrie Community Database.

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.