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. .

Academic OneFile

Access to over 8000 full text journals and newspapers covering business, science, medicine, and engineering. This online resource is a good source of academic and scholarly information.


Chilton Library

Automotive repair information for cars, trucks, SUVs and vans covering makes and models for the past 45 years.

For further assistance see the Chilton Library User Guide.


Gale PowerSearch

Search across many of the Gale databases all at the same time. Covers wide range of subjects including academic, current affairs, business, sociology, health, technology etc.

Searches across multiple databases from Gale: Academic OneFile, General OneFile, CPI.Q, Popular Magazines, Gale Virtual Reference Library, Biography in Context, General Reference Center Gold and all InfoTrac resources.


Learn a new skill online, on your time.  6,094 video courses in Business, Technology and Creative Skills taught by industry experts.


Military and Intelligence

Full text magazines covering all aspects of the past and current state of military affairs, including socioeconomic effects of war, governmental policies, the structure of armed forces, and many more 


Science and Technology - Gale Virtual Reference Library

Online full text encyclopedias covering general science, chemistry, environmental issues, geography and animal life