Barrie Public Library - Enriching our Community

Search the catalogue for books, movies, articles, events & more.


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. .

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.


O’Brien's Forms

Collection of Canadian legal forms, agreements and commentary, covering business, commercial, leases, wills and trusts.

Business users will be most interested in contracts, waivers and forms for industrial, retail & office leases, advertising & promotion, employment, bills of exchange, loans, intellectual property, partnership, shipping and agriculture. 



A unique database featuring two portals for Pre- Kindergarten to grade 3 students: PebbleGo Animals and PebbleGo Earth and Space. Each database features reading and research tools including audio, video and narrated text to support emergent readers.

Go to PebbleGo Website


Poetry & Short Story Reference Centre

Includes full-text of thousands of classic and contemporary poems, as well as short stories, biographies and authoritative essays on such topics as poetic forms, movements and techniques -- including temporary content from the finest publishers.



Delivers full-colour, full-page images of over 6,000 newspapers and magazines from 120 countries in 60 languages the day they hit the newsstands.  Archives of up to 60 days are available as well as today's papers.  Advanced features include setting up your own collection of preferred titles, the option to join the conversation and comment on articles, automated translation, and the ability to listen to articles.  Includes the Barrie Examiner, Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Star, and many more Canadian and International titles.


Probate & Surrogate Court Records

Index to Probate and Surrogate Court Records in Simcoe County - 1828-1929.

Available on catalogue computer 3, near elevator at Downtown Branch. Reference only - no permission to save.



Full digital copies of almost 100 popular English and French magazines, including The Economist,  Canadian Living, PCMagazine, Popular Science, and Rolling Stone.

You must create an account on the Rbdigital website. If you choose to download the RBdigital app to read magazines on a mobile deviece, you can login using the account you created on the website.

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


Religion - Gale Virtual Reference Library

Online full text encyclopedias covering religions of the world


Santé en français

Fournit des rapports faciles à lire avec des renseignements scientifiquement fondés dans le domaine de la santé. Ces rapports couvrant diverses maladies, conditions et traitements sont vérifiés par des médecins et reflètent les données les plus récentes / Provides consumer health information based on the most recent scientifically based studies. These physician-verified reports cover a variety of diseases, conditions and treatments. 


Science and Technology - Gale Virtual Reference Library

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