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.

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.

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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 additional titles from our partner libraries.

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Help Guides:
Mobile e-Books; Mobile e-Audiobooks; Computer and eReader; Video walkthroughs

e-Book Alerts


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

EBSCOhost eBooks


Selection of ebooks, primarily academic focus.

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Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)


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.

Gale Virtual Reference Library - Kids


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

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.

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Kids Infobits


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.

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.



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.



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.

Help Guide for Mobile Devices | Video Walkthrough for Pressreader website and mobile app

RBdigital Online Magazines (Zinio)


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

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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.

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Open provides news and information to the communities in Simcoe County and Grey-Bruce. 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



Graphic Novels, enhanced novels, 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.