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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

Ancestry Library


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 until the end of 2021.

Getting Started Guide

LEARN | Courses, crafts, how-to guides and more

Books and Authors


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


Getting Started and 'how-to' guides for online 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

Cantook Station


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.

Guide d'aide  |  Help Guide | Printable Getting Started Guides



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.

Things are Changing: The cloudLibrary Desktop App will be discontinued from the end of December 2020. 
See our cloudLibrary Online Tutorial for help with downloading e-books to a computer or Kobo e-reader.

cloudLibrary Mobile App v. 5.0 - Warning for users of older devices

cloudLibrary FAQs

Printable Help Guides | Video Tutorial

cloudLibrary NewsStand


Read thousands of full-colour e-magazines 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.

Video Tutorial | Printable Getting Started Guides



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

Flipster Video Tutorial | Printable Getting Started Guide

Gale eBooks


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 - Kids


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

Gale in Context: Elementary


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.
Formerly named Kids Infobits.

Video Tutorial

Globe and Mail Historical Newspapers


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.



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.

Printable Help Guide | Video Tutorial

NoveList K-8 Plus


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


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



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



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.

Video Tutorial | Printable Getting Started Guide

Salem Press Literature e-Books


Detailed reference books on genres, series and authors.

Includes: Critical Insights on authors such as Margaret Attwood, Alice Munro and George Orwell. Explorations of series like Hunger Games and Harry Potter. And overviews of genres such as Speculative Fiction and LGBTQ literature.



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.



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


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


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


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