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PLEASE NOTE: Public Internet Computers and Wireless Access will be unavailable on Sunday, September 24th at the Downtown Branch, while we upgrade our network. The Painswick branch will have all services available.



EBooks are electronic books that can be read by using a computer. You can search them, borrow, read, and return them, all via the Internet 24 hours a day, through the Library Catalogue, as well as from home computers via the library webpage.

Libraries on the Go (Overdrive)  

To access our Libraries on the Go ebooks, you will need:

We have help guides for Mobile Devices (phones, tablets, etc.); Kobo e-Readers, Kobo Aura ONESony e-Reader

eBooks on EBSCOhost

NetLibrary ebooks are now available through "eBooks on EBSCOhost"

To access our eBooks on EBSCOhost, you will need:

We have help guides for using EBSCOHost eBooks and the EBSCO eBooks App for mobile devices

Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for research across a wide variety of topics. You can find these titles using our online catalogue and then search within a single title or across the entire GVRL collection.

To access our eBooks on GVRL, you will need:

  • A valid library card and PIN
  • Access to the Internet


Stream or download music, movies, and TV shows directly to your computer or mobile device. You can also check-out e-books, e-audiobooks and comics. These can be read online if using a desktop or laptop computer, or they can be downloaded for offline reading to a mobile device.

To access Hoopla e-books you will need:

See our Help for Hoopla guide

MaBiblioNumerique (Archambault - English)

Download French-language e-books to your computer or mobile device.

To access MaBiblioNumerique you will need:

See our Help for MaBiblioNumerique guide


MaBiblioNumerique (Archambault - français)

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. Les livres sont compatibles avec des ordinateurs, appareils Android, iPhones et iPads, Kobos, et d’autres lecteurs électroniques.

Pour y accéder vous devez créer un compte d’utilisateur MaBiblioNumérique et avoir:

  • une carte de bibliothèque valable avec votre N.I.P.
  • un identifiant  Adobe
  • un logiciel gratuit spécifique à votre appareil (Adobe Digital Editions (ordinateur), ou l’application Bluefire Reader ou EBSCO Ebooks (appareils mobiles).

RBdigital Online Magazines

Full digital copies of almost 100 popular English and French magazines.

Zinio will be re-branding as RBdigital on June 27th 2017. Users of the Zinio app for mobile devices will need to download the new RBdigital app when it becomes available.

To access the magazines, you will need:


Kids eReading Room - Libraries on the Go

The Kids eReading Room includes ebooks and audiobooks (both fiction and nonfiction) for elementary and middle school students, including early readers, chapter books, YA/Teen novels.

To access our Kids eReading Room ebooks, you will need:



TumbleBookCloud is an online collection of ebooks with audio read-along including chapter books, early readers, YA/Teen novels, for both middle and high schools students, plus classics of American and English literature.

To access our TumbleBookCloud:

  • No special software or downloading is required
  • Simply find a book, either by category or title
  • View Online
  • The text and audio run simultaneously
  • Visit the TumbleBookCloud website