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. .


Stream or download music, movies, and TV shows directly to your computer or mobile device. You can also view Hoopla videos using Chromecast.

Hoopla also contains 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. 

Limit of 8 "borrows" per month including any combination of books, music albums, episodes of TV shows, or movies.


Infotrac Religion and Philosophy

Full text of over 200 magazines and academic journals covering, religion, philosophy, and the related areas of archaeology and anthropology


Kids - Gale Virtual Reference Library

Online full text encyclopedias to help students with their research and homework assignments


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. Libraries on the Go is powered by OverDrive.


Kids Infobits

Kids InfoBits is a database developed especially for beginning researchers in Kindergarten through Grade 5. This uses a popular search method for children, which includes moving from a broad subject to a narrower topic using the subject-based topic tree. The curriculum-related, age appropriate, full-text content covers geography, current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more


Law - Gale Virtual Reference Library

Online full text encyclopedia covering world governments and citizen's rights and responsibilities



Journal articles from law reviews, legal newspapers, bar association journals, and international legal journals, with a mainly American focus


Libraries on the Go

Full text of popular and best selling ebooks (both fiction and nonfiction), which can be read on your mobile device, or downloaded to your home computer, and transferred to an ereader. Libraries on the Go is powered by OverDrive.


Libraries on the Go - Pour Enfants

La salle de lecture électronique comprend des livres électroniques et des livres audio (à la fois fiction et non-fiction) pour les élèves des écoles primaires et secondaires, y compris les premiers lecteurs, les livres de chapitre, les romans YA / Teen. Les bibliothèques en déplacement sont alimentées par OverDrive.


Literature and Books - Gale Virtual Reference Library

Online full text encyclopedias and reference works covering literary criticism, poetry, drama, short stories, fiction and authors