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Take a look at our eResource Collection below

Curriculum Support

Visit our online catalogue to find items in various formats. With a valid Vancouver Island Regional Library card customers have free online access from to a number of databases designed especially for kids. Visit our Learning Resources page to learn more! Visit our Birth to Kindergarten page to learn about early literacy kits that are available for borrowing.

STEAM-inspired Tinker Totes

Want to add STEAM to your classroom? Check out our Tinker Totes that are designed to explore the five aspects of STEAM (S is for Science, T is for Technology, E is for Engineering, A is for Art, and M is for Mathematics)

Visiting the Library

Library visits can be booked for most VIRL branches. Library visits usually consist of stories or a booktalk, a tour, and general library information. We can include activities, research assistance, or book talks, depending on the needs of your group. Contact your local branch and ask to speak to a librarian for more information.

Let the Library Come to You!

Our librarians are available for outreach to educators and students! To inquire about having a librarian visit your group, please contact your local branch.

Apply for a Chidren's Library Card

This free library card is available to any child, ages 0-12 years old, including those with existing library cards or those who have never had a library card before.

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Encyclopedia of British Columbia (in-branch only)

Historical and contemporary information about BC. The Encyclopedia of British Columbia is the definitive reference work on British Columbia. With more than 4,000 entries and 1,500 accompanying photographs, maps, charts and tables, as well as sound and video clips, The EBC is the source of readable and authoritative information on all the significant British Columbian people, places and things.

Explora for Kids

Explora is an EBSCO database designed for kids. 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!

KnowBC (in-branch only)

KnowBC includes the Encyclopedia of British Columbia, and many other great Pacific Northwest Coast publications like 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.

National Geographic Kids

Reputable, authoritative, and appropriate content that brings children aged 6-14 the world in a way they’ve never seen it before. Fun and substantive, National Geographic Kids will take them on amazing adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space.

NoveList Plus

Discover your next favorite book! Finish a great book and looking for more? NoveList’s librarian-created read-alike suggestions and appeal mixer can help. Search from home. Link to the library’s catalogue. Then borrow and read.

OverDrive for Kids

OverDrive is our most popular eBook and eAudiobook platform and we’ve a space just for kids! All you need to get started is your library card and an internet connection. Download the Libby App for a simple and easy experience downloading eBooks and eAudiobooks for free.


Includes the following three databases: PebbleGo Animals, Science, and Dinosaurs. These databases are for children from preschool to grade 3. Easy navigation and text make learning fun!

TumbleBooks Library

An online collection of animated picture books, audiobooks, graphic novels, children’s classics, early reader chapter books, and National Geographic videos. A great resource to teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love! (Update: A library card is required to use this database, please contact your local branch to sign up!)