Canadian Newsstand (Major Dailies and Pacific Papers)

ProQuest offers full-text access to articles, columns, editorials, and features from hundreds of Canadian newspapers dating back to the '70s and '80s. Updated daily, with multilingual translation feature.  In-library use or log in from home/device.

Encyclopédie Universalis

Pour comprendre et apprendre, Encyclopédie Universalis met la connaissance à la portée de tous.

PressReader (Library PressDisplay)

The world’s largest online newspaper kiosk, where you can browse and read hundreds of full-content premium newspapers and magazines from around the globe. is a convenient and comprehensive way to read all your favorite publications on one site. Gain access to newspapers from home and around the world on the day they are published, often before they hit the newsstands. Get PressReader help here.

Career Cruising

Career Cruising programs help people build more purposeful futures by assisting with career exploration and planning.   This database offers career assessment tools, detailed occupation profiles, and comprehensive post-secondary education information.      


KnowBC was launched in 2001 as the online edition of Harbour Publishing’s Encyclopedia of British Columbia. The encyclopedia remains the cornerstone of KnowBC, but there is much more on the site today: Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest: A Photographic Encyclopedia of Invertebrates, Seaweeds and Selected Fishes, The Encyclopedia of Raincoast Place Names, the full text of Raincoast Chronicles 20: Lilies and Fireweed: Frontier Women ofBritish Columbia, Far West: The Story of British Columbia, and a provincial history for younger readers,  KnowBC Blog.


Free access to hundreds of popular magazines in digital format. Zinio delivers exactly the same content as you get in print, with additional features like video, audio and live links. Available to VIRL card holders. Set up a Zinio account to read online or download to your home computer, tablet or smartphone. Apps available for mobile devices. Get Zinio help here. 

Kids Search

Kids Search gives kindergarten to grade 5 students access to more than 75 popular children’s magazines, including: Boys’ Life, ChildArt, Highlights for Children, Ladybug, and Science World. Kids Search also includes: Encyclopedia of Animals, Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, and American Heritage Children's Dictionary.

Canadian Student Research Center

Designed for students in grades 6–12 for all their homework needs. Includes Canadian and international magazines, newspapers, biographies, and country reports.


Here's where the budding researcher can find encyclopedia entries and newspaper and magazine articles on a variety of topics ranging from animals to history to science & health. Lexile (reading) levels go up to Grade 5.


Two separate databases, PebbleGo Animals and PebbleGo Earth and Space, are for children in preschool to grade 3.  Easy navigation and text make learning fun!
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