Barrie Public Library - Enriching our Community

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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.

Online Databases

Online Databases

Do research 24/7

These databases allow you to do research in magazine and newspaper articles covering a wide range of subjects. You can find the fulltext for many major Canadian newspapers, and current and back issues of over 1,000 magazines.

Many of our databases are available through the library's web site 24/7, whether from the library, home, school or work.

PLEASE NOTE: You will now need your 14-digit library card number AND your 4 digit PIN in order to access many of our online resources. .

Books and Authors - Gale

Book suggestions for Mystery, Romance, Science fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Classics. Find authors who write like your favourite author, or books similar to your favourite book. Formerly this online resource was called What Do I Read Next? 


Gale Literary Sources

Find up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers and literary illustrators in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world. Also contains scholarly and popular commentary from essays, broadsheets, pamphlets, encyclopedias, books and periodicals.

This resource incorporates Literature Criticism Online, Literature Resource Center and Something About the Author - previously separate online resources but now all searchable from here.


Health and Wellness Resource Center

Health And Wellness Resource Center provides accurate, authoritative information on a full range of health-related issues, from current disease and disorder information to in-depth coverage of alternative and complementary medical practices.


MasterFile Premier

MasterFILE Premier provides full text for magazines and publications covering an extensive list of general interest topics including Consumer Reports, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more.