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Academic OneFile


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.

Ancestry Library

In Library Only

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.

Barrie Historical Newspaper Archive


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


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

Britannica Library


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

Canadian Points of View


Analyses of current issues in the news. Includes essays, radio transcripts, and magazine and newspaper articles that present both sides of the issue.

Consumer Health Complete


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.

EBSCO Explora


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.

Gale Literary Sources


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


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

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.

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.

Global Road Warrior


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.

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.

Grant Connect

In Library Only

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

Information Barrie Community Database


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.

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. / LinkedIn Learning


Learn a new skill online, on your time.  Over 6,000 video courses in Business, Technology and Creative Skills taught by industry experts.

Help Guide

Oxford Reference Online


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.



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

Primary Search


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

Sante en francais


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

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


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.

- 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

View SimplyAnalytics FAQs.

Quick Start Guide  |  Detailed Help Guide

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Steps to Justice


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.

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.

Your Legal Rights


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.