Take a look at our eResource Collection below
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.
Library Cards for Your Students
Teachers who are bringing a class to the library can arrange for library cards for each student. Print off our Library Card Application Form and send a copy home with each student. Then, bring the completed forms to the library a few days before your visit. Staff will have the cards ready to go when your class arrives. Contact your local branch for more details.
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Bibliothèque numérique de la Colombie-Britannique (Cantook Station)
Bibliothèque Numérique is a province-wide French eBook collection. This collection includes French Language eBooks and Audiobooks in a variety of genres for all age groups.
Please note that customers are required to provide an email address for notifications the first time a book is checked out.
VIRL recognizes the financial support of the Province of British Columbia and the Government of Canada through the Canada-British Columbia Agreement on French-language Services.
VIRL reconnait le soutien financier de la province de la Colombie-Britannique et du gouvernement du Canada par le biais de l’Entente Canada-Colombie-Britannique relative aux services en francais.
We are grateful to VPL for donating their sizable French language collection.
Creativebug is an art and craft education resource. There are thousands of online video classes taught by leading instructors. Categories include:
- Art + Design
- Food + Home
Access online or via mobile app. Have a look at this introductory video by Creativebug to learn more.
Encyclopedia of British Columbia
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 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 is the online portal for Harbour Publishing, an independent publisher based on the Sunshine Coast that focuses on British Columbian coastal history and culture. KnowBC features the Encyclopedia of British Columbia, along with essential publications and natural history field guides for the Pacific Northwest Coast, including
- The Encyclopedia of Raincoast Place Names
- Far West: The Story of British Columbia, a provincial history for younger readers
- A Field Guide to Birds of the Pacific Northwest
- A Field Guide to Medicinal Wild Plants of Canada
- A Field Guide to Shells and Shellfish of the Pacific Northwest
- Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest: A Photographic Encyclopedia of Invertebrates, Seaweeds and Selected Fishes
- Raincoast Chronicles 20: Lilies and Fireweed: Frontier Women of British Columbia
Knowledge Network, is a Canadian publicly funded educational cable television network serving the province of British Columbia. The station supports lifelong learning for children and adults by providing quality, commercial-free programming through its broadcast channel, websites and apps. Knowledge Network also invests in documentaries and children’s programs produced by independent filmmakers with more than 40% of their programming budget supporting original stories told by BC and Canadian filmmakers. Download their app and stream their content for free!
Access: Available to anyone anywhere
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.
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
Notice: The legacy OverDrive app will no longer be available for new downloads after February 23, and will be retired later in 2022. Customers using this app are encouraged to switch to the Libby app in preparation. Some features of the legacy app may no longer be available.
Notice: OverDrive will be performing scheduled maintenance on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-5 a.m. from May 3-July 28. Borrowing, holds, and returns may be unavailable at these times
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.
Each library member receives 10 check outs and 10 holds at any one time.
- Try the online Libby app at libbyapp.com
- Information on OverDrive’s new “deliver later” feature for holds is here: help.overdrive.com/en-us/2265.htm
- Customers experiencing issues with Libby may need to update their mobile device’s operating system. Libby is compatible with iOS 10+ and Android 5+
- OverDrive eBooks are compatible with Kobo eReaders. Please see more info here.
PebbleGo is a digital information and research tool for K-3 students. Two modules are available: Animals (includes Dinosaurs) and Science. Each module features articles, activities, games, maps, videos and engaging read-aloud audio.
Find trustworthy, factual information and foster independent learning with PebbleGo. Explore resources for families here: https://pebblego.com/parent-resources
SOLARO is a test prep and study App based on the BC curriculum. It covers Mathematics, Science, and English/Language Arts for grades 3-12. Students can review lessons, create customized flashcards and notes, and more!
- Launch SOLARO
- Enter your library card number
- You will be given a randomized username and password
- Download the SOLARO app for iOS or Android
- Login with your username and password
Update: TumbleBooks is providing free access, no card required. Click on the Launch button to open.
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!
Un outil de référence en français pour les 7 ans et plus!
A French-language reference tool for ages 7 and up. The perfect companion for homework, projects, and satisfying natural curiosity, Universalis Junior is an easy-to-use and engaging tool that teaches research skills and makes learning fun.
Includes includes access to more than 4,000 encyclopedia articles and 1,700 English-language articles for bilingual education.