Online Resources

Use your NWPL library card to access these premium resources.  Your PIN is the last 4 digits of your telephone number. Please note that some databases can only be used within the library.


Ancestry: Ancestry has over 4 billion names in historical records worldwide, and includes multiple genealogical collections. [Available in the library only]

Auto Repair Reference Center: information on repairs for many vehicles, with model years from 1954 onwards. [Login Requirements: library card & PIN]

Small Engine Repair Reference Center: information on repairs of all terrain vehicles, boat motors, motorcycles, outdoor power equipment, personal water craft, snowmobiles, tractors, generators & other small engines. [Login Requirements: library card & PIN]

BC Codes 2012: includes the BC Building Code and the Fire Code. [Available in the library only].

BC Laws: a searchable database for BC Bills, Statutes, Regulations, Debates, and Gazettes. As of April 29, 2016, QP Legaleze will be replaced by BC Laws.

Canadian Newsstand: full-text articles of major Canadian daily newspapers going as far back as 1985. Some titles are not available for 2 days after publication. [Login Requirements: library card & PIN]

Canadian Periodical Index: indexes nearly 1200 Canadian periodicals in English and French, with full-text from 550 periodicals. Indexing is from 1980 to the present, and full-text is available from 1983 to the present. [Login Requirements: library card & PIN]

Consumer Reports: information and advice on consumer products and services, including the full text of Consumer Reports Magazine, spotlight areas, news, blogs, forums and video content. [Login Requirements: library card & PIN]

EBSCO Databases: a common launch page to all EBSCO databases including MasterFile, GreenFile, Auto Repair Reference Centre, Small Engine Repair Reference Center, NoveList, Consumer Reports and Explora Canada. [Login Requirements: library card & PIN]

Encyclopedia of British Columbia (Know BC): thousands of articles about British Columbia, including historic photographs, statistics, maps, diagrams, and audio/video clips. access 6 books about British Columbia online. This resource grants access to Encyclopedia of British Columbia, Raincoast Place Names, Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest, Lilies and Fireweed, Far West, and Where Mountains Meet the Sea. [Login Requirements: library card & PIN]

Explora Canada: ideal for school projects, this EBSCO database delivers relevant results including articles, essays, and primary source documents in a colorful and friendly design. [Login Requirements: library card & PIN]

Explora Canada (Primary): A searchable collection of reference works covering subjects like animals, arts and music, biographies, geography, language, math, science and health, and social studies that are geared toward primary school students. [Login Requirements: library card & PIN]

Freading: All eBooks on Freading are always available. No more waiting lists! You can borrow up to 3 titles per week. [Login Requirements: library card & PIN]

Gale Databases: this platform allows you to conduct a simultaneous search on all Gale databases, including Virtual Reference Library, the National Geographic Magazine Archive, and Canadian Periodical Index. [Login Requirements: library card & PIN]

Gale Virtual Reference Library includes Business Plans Handbook, Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine, Encyclopedia of Senior Health: A Guide for Seniors and Their Caregivers, Encyclopedia of Surgery and Medical Tests, and Encyclopedia of Drugs, Alcohol and Addictive Behavior. [Login Requirements: library card & PIN]

Greenfile: a database which has scholarly, government and general-interest articles with content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. [Login Requirements: library card & PIN]

Instantflix (powered by IndieFlix): streaming of 7,000+ independent movies, shorts, documentaries, and web series from around the world. 
[Login Requirements: Create an account with your library card, & then login with email and password]

Job Freeway: online access to the JOB White Pages, listing current employment opportunities in BC. Includes employer, job title and description, industry, salary, and qualifications. Job candidate searching and online resume posting also available. [Available in the library only]

Learning Software: prepare for job interviews, learn English, improve your study skills, or practise citizenship test questions using interactive learning modules! NAS Software available: Business Writing, Issues in English, It's Your Job, My Canada, Study Skills Success. [Login Requirements: password: NWPL]

Library2go by BCLibraries (Overdrive): Free access to over 15,000 eBooks. The new interface means faster checkout and easier reading options. [Login Requirements: library card & PIN]

lynda.com: an online learning resource popular with students and adults for the exceptional quality of instruction. It hosts a constantly growing library of 3,500+ courses and includes over 144,000 engaging, top-quality video tutorials. Login [Requirements: library card & PIN]

Masterfile Premier: a multidisciplinary database that provides full text information for nearly 1,700 general reference publications dating as far back as 1975 as well as an image collection of over 502,000 photos, maps & flags. [Login Requirements: library card & PIN]

National Geographic Magazine Archive: full colour, searchable archive of National Geographic publications from 1888 to 2015. [Login Requirements: library card & PIN]

Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom: read current and past issues of the Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom. [Available in the library only]

NoveList: a reader's advisory tool to help you find the perfect book, including 100,000+ fiction books for all ages. [Login Requirements: library card & PIN]

OneClick Digital: choose from over 20,000 titles that you can use on computers and on many portable players. [Login Requirements: create an account with your library card, and then login with email and password.]

Outlook Online: search the catalogues of British Columbia's academic and public libraries

PressDisplay/PressReader: access 3000+ newspapers and magazines from over 100 countries in 60 different languages in a format that replicates the print version. There is a limit of 5 remote users. [Login Requirements: library card & PIN]

Reference Canada Businesses Database: lists 1.5 million Canadian businesses. You can also search The Canadian White Pages. [Login Requirements: library card & PIN]

Rocket Languages: language learning program that lets you learn Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hindi, English, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, and Sign Language. Modules can be downloaded and played on your MP3 player. [Login Requirements: create an account with your library card, and then login with email and password.]

TumbleBooks eBooks for eKids: read stories and listen to audio books, all on your computer! [Login Requirements: library card & PIN]

TumbleReadables: an online read-along collection for elementary, middle, and high-school students. [Login Requirements: library card & PIN]

Vehicle Safety and Inspection Standards: provides current access to vehicle safety and inspection standards and related BC legislation. [Available in the library only]

World Book: a comprehensive reference tool that can be customized for different age groups and academic levels; includes encyclopedia entries, images, maps, videos, timelines, current news, links to external articles, and more. [Login Requirements: library card & PIN]

Zinio: enjoy your favourite magazines exactly how they look in print on your mobile device or home computer. [Login Requirements: Create an account with your library card, and then login with email and password]


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