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AudioBookCloud Audiobooks Library Card Required.

Pick from thousands of audiobooks—from classics and fiction, to books for kids and young adults, to audiobooks recorded in Spanish.

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Business Plans Handbook eBooks Library Card Required.

Access a collection of e-books that compile business plans created by and for entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses. This is a great resource for new or established businesses, and contains plenty of examples about how to develop a winning business plan.

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CANSIM is Statistics Canada's main socioeconomic database. Updated daily, this unique resource provides access to a large range of the latest statistics relating on a variety topics including:  Aboriginal Peoples, agriculture, business performance and ownership, construction and housing, culture, demography, domestic and international trade, education, energy, environment and natural resources, finance, health and social conditions, income and wealth, justice, labour, manufacturing, prices and price indexes, transportation, travel and tourism, and more.

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CELA Collection Accessible items Audiobooks eBooks Magazines & Newspapers Library Card Required.

The CELA Collection includes more than 450,000 items on a range of subjects and genres for all ages. All items are professionally produced for people with print disabilities. There are French and English options, and a special focus on Canadian titles and First Nations literature. Most CELA Collection titles can be downloaded. You can read using DAISY-formatted audio, e-Text, described videos, and braille.

Chilton Library Library Card Required.

Access detailed information about car maintenance and repair including guides for specific vehicles, step-by-step service and repair procedures, vacuum and wiring diagrams, photographs and illustrations, and even test quizzes for popular certification exams.

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Cloud Cookbooks eBooks Library Card Required.

Get instant access to 3,000 recipes from 40+ local Canadian cookbooks, ranging from the latest in healthy eating to classic titles filled with traditional meals. From the best of local cuisine to recipes from around the world, Cloud Cookbooks has it all. The cookbooks are available as PDFs you can view on a computer or mobile device, or you print recipes for personal use.

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Gale General Reference Centre Encyclopedias Magazines & Newspapers Library Card Required.

Access more than 100,000,000 articles on a wide range of topics from academic works to homework help for kids. The Gale Reference Centre gives you one-stop access to resources about more than 20 subjects including agriculture, biography, business, communications and mass media, criminal justice, health and wellness, pop culture, interactive science and much, much more.

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Grant Connect New!

Can only be accessed from Halifax Public Libraries branches.

Grant Connect is a fundraising platform that connects charities with funders who share their cause. Find new prospects by searching comprehensive data managed by an expert research team.

With Grant Connect, you have access to:

  • Over 11,000 Canadian foundations, 560 corporate giving programs, 370 government grant programs, 120 American foundations, and 200 other kinds of grant opportunities.
  • Funder profiles that offer insights on specific grant programs, application preferences, financial summaries, and key decision-makers, and more.
  • Data on billions of dollars in past donations, categorized by size, cause, population, and region.
  • Targeted search filters that help you quickly find the right funder for your charity by gift size, deadline, type of support, and more.
Found In: Only available at Halifax Public Libraries


Halifax Municipal Archives

Halifax Municipal Archives is the official repository for historical municipal government records from Halifax, Dartmouth, Bedford and the former County of Halifax, and also holds community records from the region. All researchers are welcome to view those records either online, or through requests and visits to the Archives. Their staff are ready to assist you. Halifax Municipal Archives also frequently writes guest blog posts for Halifax Public Libraries, which you can find here.

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hoopla Audiobooks eBooks Movies & Music Library Card Required.

Stream and borrow free movies, music, audiobooks, e-books, comics, and shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV! Stream immediately, or download to your phone or tablet for offline enjoyment later. Take your pick from hundreds of thousands of titles. More titles are added daily. [Please note: hoopla cannot be accessed with Internet Explorer. Try using Chrome or Firefox instead]

Get started by watching our video tutorial, opens a new window

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LGBTQ+ Health Guide

This resource guide was developed through a partnership between academic, hospital, and public libraries in order to support the information needs of the LGBTQ+ community as well as the healthcare providers, researchers, and policy makers involved in delivering and improving health services. This guide includes both digital and print resources from Dalhousie and other academic libraries, NSHA and IWK Libraries, and Halifax Public Libraries, as well as links to publicly available resources, organizations, and services. This is a living and responsive resource that is frequently updated to serve and reflect you and your needs.

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Libby Audiobooks eBooks Library Card Required.

Libby is the latest way to access OverDrive's large collection of e-books and audiobooks. This 1-tap reading app is designed to get people reading as quickly as possible. Browse, borrow, and place holds easily. And, seamlessly sync your bookshelves, progress, and bookmarks across multiple devices.

The trade-off for Libby’s simplicity is that it has fewer features. Libby is not compatible with screen readers, so users with print disabilities will want to stick with the OverDrive app for now.

Get started by watching our video tutorial, opens a new window

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Library & Community Archives

Explore our rich Halifax history through postcards, vintage city guides, photographs, and more. Our virtual archive contains a treasure trove of collections:

  • Gainsborough Hotel Register
  • Halifax Public Libraries Postcard Collection
  • The Book Room Limited Postcard Collection
  • Vintage Halifax City Guides
  • Mainland South Heritage Society Photographs
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Lynda.com Library Card Required.

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 via web or app.

App Instructions
Install the Lynda.com app.
Click Already a member?
Click the Organization tab.
Find the Web Portal section and enter Halifax Public Libraries' URL: halifax.ca
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Martin’s Online Criminal Code Library Card Required.

Use this legal research tool to access the Criminal Code and read related commentary including:

  • Full text of all versions of the Criminal Code dating (1955-onwards)
  • Cross-references, synopses, and annotations from Martin's Annual Criminal Code (1955-onwards)
  • Forms of charges (1970-onwards)
  • Cases referred to in Martin's case law annotations
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Niche Academy

Niche Academy provides instructions on how to use online resources. Niche Academy provides tutorials for E-Library resources like Ancestry Library Edition, Chilton, Consumer Reports, Hoopla, Lynda.com, Novelist, OverDrive, Libby, PressReader, RBdigital, Rocket Languages, and TumbleBooks. Niche Academy also provides tutorials for popular websites like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Gmail and Goodreads. Niche Academy regularly updates these tutorials, so you don’t have to worry about content being out of date. Find your niche today!

NoveList Library Card Required.

Get recommendations for books and audiobooks, for all ages. Pick from 50,000 recommendations based on titles, 10,000 based on author, and 9,000 based on series—plus 3 million more recommendations based on the NoveList "secret formula". You can also find books based on your favourite things: 500+ genres, 200,000+ subjects, 130,000+ moods or feel of the reading experience—or even find books based on the types of characters, time periods, or locations.

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PressReader Magazines & Newspapers

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. 

Please note: When accessing from home, Press Reader requires you to enter your library card number and PIN every 30 days to continue access. You will not lose access or account preferences when this happens.

Get started by watching our video tutorial, opens a new window

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ProQuest Magazines & Newspapers Library Card Required.

This comprehensive collection of Canadian and international periodicals covers multiple subjects, with millions of full-text records:

  • The Canadian Business & Current Affairs Database includes more than 700 trade publications, more than 500 scholarly journals, 483 magazines, as well as news reports, radio and television transcripts, dissertations, and more.
  • The Canadian Major Dailies database archives news from 24 national and regional newspapers including the National Post, the Globe and Mail, Montreal Gazette, and the Chronicle Herald.

This collection also includes select international publications, including The Guardian, The Atlantic Monthly, The Economist, Newsweek and many more.

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Rocket Languages Library Card Required.

Learn a language online, at your own pace. You can track your progress and test your understanding.

You can access interactive lessons for Arabic, French, German, Mandarin, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, American Sign Language, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, English for Spanish Speakers, English for Japanese Speakers, or Russian.

Rocket Languages works in your browser or you can download iOS and Android apps.


Settlement Service Provider Directory

The Settlement Service Provider Directory provides a map of settlement service providers in Nova Scotia, as well as the necessary contact information for each provider. It also displays a list of the types of services available through each provider. 

Squiggle Park Games Library Card Required.

Squiggle Park is an app for young readers that teaches literacy skills through the power of play. Mischievous monsters and adaptive bite-sized games support ELL students and any kids Pre K- Grade 2 in building confidence and becoming successful, independent readers. Squiggle Park has proven to help kids master reading skills 5 times faster than other teaching methods with only 30 minutes of play per week. Let's play in the park!


TeenBookCloud Audiobooks eBooks

TeenBookCloud (formerly TumbleBookCloud) is an online database of e-books and educator resources. TeenBookCloud offers a large selection of Graphic Novels, Enhanced Novels, e-books, classic literature, National Geographic videos, educator resources, and audiobooks. The collection is available online around the clock. No downloads, no waiting! Read, watch, and learn online.

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TumbleBooks eBooks Games Library Card Required.

TumbleBooks offers animated, talking picture books kids can read or listen to online. Choose from over 300 popular and award-winning books.


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