Online Resources & Databases
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TechBoomers.com is a free educational website that teaches older adults and others with limited computer skills how to use the most popular websites on the Internet.
TechBoomers offers over 100 free courses on many different websites and apps, including Facebook, Netflix, Ancestry, and Internet Safety. Visit today and start learning how to use technology to make your life easier (and more fun!).
Find census, birth, marriage, death records, stories, publications, photographs and maps. Ancestry is available to use only while in-library.
Learn to play an instrument, make art, or take voice lessons from accomplished award-winning professors - all for free and from wherever you are right now! ArtistWorks for Libraries offers users everything they need for musical and artistic instruction, from beginner to intermediate. All ages may access any of the 30+ lessons. ArtistWorks requires a library card number and online registration.
Auto Repair Reference Center
A comprehensive collection of automobile repair reference information. This database covers more than 35,000 vehicles from 1945 to present. Content includes nearly 857,000 drawings and step-by-step photographs, approximately 99,000 technical service bulletins & recalls issued by the original equipment vehicle manufacturer, over 158,600 enhanced wiring diagrams and more. Requires library card number.
BC Building Codes
The British Columbia Codes 2012 is the most recent code database available which provides the minimum requirements for a safely built environment and are the product of a unique partnership between industry practitioners, construction technology experts, and provincial regulators. Accessible only while in the library. No library card required.
BC Laws (Formerly QP Legaleze)
This site will provide you access to the current and historical BC Legislation. Content accessible from in or outside the library. No library card required.
BC Vehicle Safety & Inspection Standards
Produced by the Queen's Printer in partnership with the Ministry of Transportation to provide current access to vehicle safety and inspection standards and related BC legislation from official sources. Accessible only while in the library. No library card required.
Business Plans Handbook
A compilation of business plans developed by small businesses throughout North America. Access is made possible by the Small Business Accelerator at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at UBC with financial support from the Sutherland Foundation. Requires library card number.
Unlimited access to over 19,000 digital graphic novels and comics from any web-connected device, at anytime. No holds, no waiting, no late fees. Read in browser or use iOS mobile app. Android coming soon. Requires library card number and online registration.
Product reviews and ratings on cars, appliances, electronics and more.
Learn a language with Duolilngo! Each lesson includes a variety of speaking, listening, translation, and multiple choice challenges. Duolingo also motivates you to stay on track by recording how many days in a row you spend learning a language.
Free, streaming video with unlimited access to thousands of titles. Movies, classic TV, independent films and shorts.
Mango is a free, easy to use online language-learning system that is accessible from anywhere, at anytime. FSJPL offers 39 foreign languages and 14 ESL courses. Requires library card number.
Download free audiobooks to your computer or mobile device. Available immediately -- no holds, no waiting! Over 4,000 titles to choose from including bestselling authors such as Jodi Picoult, John Grisham, Barbara Kingsolver, John Sandford and thousands more. Requires library card number.
Overdrive / Library to Go
Download free ebooks and audiobooks to your computer, ereader or mobile device. This is a province-wide shared collection containing over 90,000 fiction and non-fiction ebooks and audiobooks for all ages.
Points to the Past
Points to the Past is an exciting initiative that provides free perpetual access to nearly 200 million pages of digital historical content to all BC residents, as part of a unique agreement arranged by the University of Victoria Libraries, University of British Columbia Library, and Simon Fraser University Library.
Small Engine Repair
Through a collection of comprehensive full-text content, Small Engine Repair Reference Center provides users with detailed, yet user-friendly repair guides for all manner of small engines. Requires library card number.
Zinio Digital Magazines
Completely free access to hundreds of popular magazines in digital format. Enjoy them on your computer and portable wireless devices. Requires users to authenticate with library card number. Requires users to create a login account with Zinio in order to manage and view magazines.