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

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.

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.

Video Tutorial



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 Business: Plan Builder


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 Gale Business: Plan Builder.

Gale PowerSearch


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 and Gale Virtual Reference Library.

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.

Video Tutorial

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.



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 content


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



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

RBdigital Online Magazines


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


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: Video Tutorial | Printable Guides

Note:  The Publisher has provided temporary 24/7 remote access while libraries are closed due to COVID-19. We recommend a laptop or computer to access this database. 

Regular Access is limited to use within the library during business hours. Remote use is permitted; 7pm to 7am weekdays and open access on weekends. Please log out of SimplyAnalytics promptly, our subscription is limited to 5 simultaneous users. 



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.

Video Tutorial


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