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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.
CELA is the Centre for Equitable Library Access, which provides access to a collection of over 700,000 books, magazines, newspapers in a choice of accessible formats for people with a print disability. Print disabilities include learning, physical and visual disabilities.
- Enjoy a full range of subjects, genres, classics and award winners
- Stay up to date with 50 newspapers and 150 magazines
- Choose your preferred format: audio, e-text or braille.
- Download books or receive home delivery by mail
Sign up for CELA service with your public library card, or contact your VIRL branch for assistance.
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
NNELS is the National Network for Equitable Library Service, an online public library of downloadable ebooks and audiobooks for people with print disabilities. Print disabilities include vision, mobility, and comprehension impairments that prevent someone from being able to read a traditional book.
VIRL membership required. After registering at the library, eligible users or friends and family members can access the NNELS catalogue and download material directly, or request assistance from library staff.
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 and Libby
The Economist will no longer be available starting February 1, 2023. The last issue will be the January 28 edition and all back issues will be removed on February 1. The Economist has updated its lending model and is no longer compatible with how magazines are made available through OverDrive and our app, Libby. We apologize for the inconvenience and invite you to access The Economist through ProQuest Central.
Notice: The legacy OverDrive app is no longer available for new downloads, and will be retired April 2023. Customers using this app should switch to the Libby app in preparation.
OverDrive is our most popular eBook and eAudiobook platform. 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
- 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.
Project Gutenberg offers over 54,000 free eBooks: Choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online. You will find the world’s great literature here, especially older works for which copyright has expired. Project Gutenberg digitizes and diligently proofreads them with the help of thousands of volunteers.
Available to anyone anywhere
TeenBookCloud (aka TumbleBookCloud) has 600 titles for middle and high school readers! This collection contains a wide range of audiobooks, classics, graphic novels, novels, poetry, and short stories! National Geographic videos are available too.
Note: The TumbleBookCloud app only works with library sign in on iOS (Apple) devices. For Android users, please tap Launch for browser access to the web platform. A new app is being developed by the vendor.
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!