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. .

Basic ESL

Basic ESL improves an individual’s listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through a simple to follow, and instructionally proven curriculum.

Students learn English quickly and effectively on relevant topics including: family, home, school and many other topics. In each lesson students learn key vocabulary and how to use that vocabulary in conversation.

You should register separately with Basic ESL if you want your progress to be saved.


Global Road Warrior

Global Road Warrior is an online resource that provides in-depth information on 175 countries. Useful for travellers, business people and students, you can research a nation's culture & society, greetings & courtesies, food & recipes, business culture, money and banking, economy and trade, communications, history and national symbols. All maps and images can be used in student projects.


Goldfish School

Online courses for learning English or French, using visual and audio exercises and tests. Courses are designed for beginner up to advanced speakers of English or French, including modules to prepare for the TOEFL and IELTS English-language tests. A mobile app is available for Android mobile devices.

Register separately with Goldfish School if you want your progress to be saved, or click Start to sign in anonymously.


Mango Languages

Mango is an online language-learning system that can help you learn languages like Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, Russian and more. It also offers English language lessons if English is not your first language.

Little Pim is the area of Mango for kids aged 0-6. Its Entertainment Immersion Method® makes learning a foreign language fun and easy for children.


Oxford Reference Online

Online reference library of subject and language dictionaries, encyclopedias, and entries from Oxford Companions and the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations. It contains short-entry, general reference as well as more in-depth articles on specialized subjects.


Universal Class

Universal Class is a set of online courses covering a wide range of topics. Courses are studied at your own pace and there are instructors available to answer questions and monitor your progress. Up to 5 courses can be studied at a time.

The first time you use Universal Class you must create an account in order to have your progress saved. After this you can click the 'Sign In' button in the top right of the screen (see screenshot below).

Universal Class is accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

For further assistance see the FAQ list or email a librarian.