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National Geographic Virtual Library

National Geographic and Gale, part of Cengage Learning, have partnered to bring vast resources to digital life with National Geographic Virtual Library. Now you have access to the complete archive of National Geographic magazine — every page of every issue — along with a cross-searchable collection of National Geographic books, maps, images and videos.

Smithsonian Collections Online

Gale and the Smithsonian have partnered to give librarians, students, faculty, and researchers a look behind the glass of the Smithsonian exhibits and collections.

Indigenous People of North America

Indigenous Peoples: North America sources collections from across Canadian and American institutions, providing insight into the cultural, political and social history of Native Peoples from the seventeenth into the twentieth century.

OnePlay

OnePlay, VIRL’s video game service, is no longer available as of September 13, 2018. We will keep you informed about any developments, including our plans to find a new video game service for our customers. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. Please email databases [at] virl [dot] bc [dot] ca if you have any questions or concerns.

Comics Plus

Comics Plus: Library Edition brings unlimited access to thousands of digital graphic novels and comics to library patrons on any Web-connected device. *Note: If you use RB Digital Magazines, eBook & eAudiobooks, you can log in with the same username and password.
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Explora for Kids

Explora is an EBSCO database designed for kids where you can search for thousands of topics covering a wide range of subjects including art and music, literature, language arts, geography, history, social studies, world cultures and languages, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, health and sports. This is a great homework tool!

Lynda.com

Lynda.com is a leading online learning company that has been producing and distributing video tutorials for many years. They offer thousands of courses in multiple languages, with a focus on software, creative, education, and business skills. The tutorials are of high quality and led by industry experts. All that's needed to access Lynda.com is an internet connection and a VIRL library membership.
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InstantFlix (IndieFlix): Movies and Classic TV

This streaming movie service provides unlimited access to award-winning shorts, feature films, and documentaries from major festivals like Sundance, Tribeca, Cannes. Thousands of films to choose from across more than 50 countries. You can also suggest movies and, if you're a filmmaker, contribute your own!  You just need your library card and an email address to get started. *Note: If you use RB Digital Magazines, eBook & eAudiobooks, you can log in with the same username and password.
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Canadian Newsstream

(Formerly called Canadian Newsstand) 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.
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