Library Resource Round-Up for Adults


We’re here for you

Our Library branches are closed but we are still here for you. We’ve been working hard to adapt how we work and how we serve you, our community members. We want to make sure you know about all of the new resources available to you, and remind you of all the great things that have always been here.

This list is geared toward our adult patrons. You may also want to check out this list of tools for teachers and students.

If you need any help getting started with any of the following resources, you can find quick video tutorials for most of these resources here, on Niche Academyopens a new window.

Online card registration

Many of our resources require a library card to access. If you need a card, you can get a temporary one using our online card registration.

If you have a card but need help finding your library card number or PIN, please give us a call or send an email. We can look up for information and get you online in no time.

Ask the Library Phone Line

If you have any questions about our services, you can call our new Ask the Library phone line at 902-490-5753 or email us at Read more about the Ask the Library Line here.

The Ask the Library line is staffed:
Monday-Thursday, 9:00am-9:00pm
Friday-Saturday, 9:00am-6:00pm
Sunday, 12:00pm-5:00pm
You can also leave a message after hours, and we’ll call you back.

Internet access

Our internet is still on. At some branches, our WiFi will reach outside the branch. In most cases, you can park or stand outside near the building and access our free internet.

“Virtual Library” for Adults

Library staff have been working very hard to find ways to serve you. On the new “Virtual Library” page, you’ll find tons of content, with more added every day. We have virtual events hosted by our branch staff, cooking videos by our Food Literacy Specialist, book lists, how-to blogs, and so much more.

Our Endless Ideas blog post  includes some great resources, free performances, and activities created by people and organizations worldwide, and is updated frequently with new links to content.


We have lots of ways to keep you reading. Here are ways to access e-books, audiobooks, magazines, and newspapers.

E-Books and Audiobooks via OverDrive

The Library has over one million digital titles available for download in book e-book and audiobook format. Every week, we highlight new and interesting books on our main page.

We also have a More Languages room set up where you can find material in French, Chinese, Arabic, Spanish, Korean, German, and Russian. You can find the More Languages room here.opens a new window

Our collection can be accessed through tablets and phones, computers (through a browser), or e-readers. To get started, download the Libby app through your preferred app store. If you have any questions about accessing this collection, please call our Ask the Library phone line and someone will help you get set up, or check out our blog post, How to: Use Libby, by Overdrive.

Audiobooks via AudioBookCloud

Pick from thousands of audiobooks all available for free. Access AudioBookCloud here.opens a new window

E-Books via RomanceBookCloud

RomanceBookCloud provides unlimited access to a curated collection of over 1,800 romance e-book titles, covering contemporary, historical, paranormal, inspirational, and every type of romance fiction in between. RomanceBookCloud is only available temporarily, during our closure. Access RomanceBookCloud hereopens a new window.


Get recommendations for books and audiobooks. This is a great resource for finding read-alikes if you’ve read everything by your favourite author. It's like having a little librarian in your pocket. Learn more about NoveList here. 

Newspapers via PressReader

Stay in touch with the news of the world. With PressReader, you can search thousands of publications by country and language, and read translated articles instantly. Learn how to get started with PressReader. Please note PressReader is only available from home temporarily, during our closure.

Magazines via RBDigital

Read full-colour digital magazines online—for free, with no checkouts or limits. Pick from more than 200 magazines. Learn how to get started with RBDigital.

Cloud Cookbooks

Get instant access to 3,000 recipes from 40+ local Canadian cookbooks. Access Cloud Cookbooks hereopens a new window or learn more here.

Classic E-Books via Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free e-books with focus on older works for which copyright has expired. Access Project Gutenberg hereopens a new window.


Now could be a great time to start or work on a project. Here are some ways we can help you with your research.

Access thousands of genealogical records from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and other countries around the world. Access Ancestry from here. If you've never used Ancestry before, we recommend you start with out How to blog post here. Please note, Ancestry usually restricted to in-branch use only but is now temporarily available from home, during our closure. 

Gale General Reference Centre

Access more than 100,000,000 articles on a wide range of topics from academic works to homework help for kids. Access Gale General Reference Centre here.


We now have three ways to watch video content, all accessible with your library card.

Movies via Kanopy

Kanopy offers a wide range of independent films, classic cinema, documentaries, educational videos, and foreign films. Learn how to get started with Kanopy. Each patron is limited to 5 borrows/month.

Movies and TV shows via hoopla

hoopla is a digital media service that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows. With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. Each patron is limited to 5 borrows/month. Learn how to get started on hoopla.

Videos via Public Library Video Online

This comprehensive video service features over 50,000 streaming videos spanning science, history, engineering, health, performing arts, religion, film, and many other topics, with content from BBC, A&E, PBS, as well as Broadway performances and other films and documentaries from around the world. Access Public Library Video Online here.


Learning can happen anywhere, but these resources will built specifically to teach you something new.

Pick from more than 4,000 video tutorials taught by industry experts on a wide range of topics including business, photography, graphic design, project management, animation, audio and music production, web design, marketing, job interview preparation, public speaking, and much more. Access Lynda here.opens a new window or learn how to get started with Lynda.

Rocket Languages

Learning another language can be a challenge. Rocket Languages makes learning fun with interactive audio lessons that can be completed at your own pace.

You can learn 15 different languages including: Arabic, French, German, Mandarin, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, American Sign Language, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, English for Spanish Speakers, English for Japanese Speakers, or Russian. Learn how to get started with Rocket Languages here.

Car Repair via Chilton Library

Access detailed information about car maintenance and repair including guides for specific vehicles, step-by-step service, and repair procedures.

Is there something else we can do to help? Please get in touch and let us know. We are still here for you.

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