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. .

Simcoe County Surname Settlers Database

An online searchable database containing information about settlers and early residents of Simcoe County as recorded in a number of sources.



Search data from Canadian Census, Canadian Survey of Household Spending and Dun & Bradstreet Canadian Company Database. You can do both consumer and business research, gain marketing insights and combine this with web-based mapping capabilities.

Users must create a Personal Account the first time they use SimplyMap. This can be done from the SimplyMap login page.

SimplyMap changed its name to SimplyAnalytics on 8 August 2017. Watch out for updates on the library website!

Click here for SimplyAnalyitcs FAQs


Society and Culture - Gale Virtual Reference Library

Online full text encyclopedias covering social issues, psychology, cultures of the world, and popular culture


TechBoomers is a free educational website that teaches people how to use popular websites and mobile apps. The website has free courses on many different types of websites and apps covering Social, Entertainment, Online Shopping, Education, and more. A few of the most popular courses include Facebook, Netflix, Ancestry, and Internet Safety. 


Teen Health and Wellness

Provides students with research support and self-help tools on topics including diseases, drugs, alcohol, nutrition, fitness, mental health, diversity, family life, and more.


Toronto Star : Proquest Historical Newspapers

Full page images of the Toronto Star 1892-2012. Formerly called 'Pages of the Past'.

Remote access to this title has been temporarily removed. You can only access this within the library until further notice.


Tumble Biblio Enfants

Notre collection Tumble Biblio Enfants propose près de 1000 titres. Elle inclut des livres pour enfants, des romans jeunesse, des romans classique, des vidéos, des casse têtes et jeux, des nouvelles graphiques et des livres en d’autres langues comme en espagnol et en anglais.


Tumblebook Library

A collection of TumbleBooks (animated, talking picture books) and TumblePuzzles. TumbleBooks are created from existing picture books which have been licensed from children's book publishers and converted to the TumbleBook format. French and other language titles are available.



An online collection of ebooks with audio read-along including chapter books, early readers, YA/Teen novels, for both middle and high schools students, plus classics of American and English literature. Features all audiobook titles formerly held on AudioBookCloud. Powered by TumbleBooks.


TumbleBookCloud Junior

TumbleBookCloud Junior includes ebooks and audiobooks, for kids grades 3-6, including early reader chapter books, children's classics, graphic novels, children's audio book, and National Geographic videos. Powered by TumbleBooks.