A-Z Resources


2SLGBTQIA+ 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 2SLGBTQIA+ 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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Ancestry Library Edition

Can only be accessed on a device connected to Halifax Public Libraries' WiFi or a Library computer.

When you visit any of our branches, you can access thousands of genealogical records from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and other countries around the world.

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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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CARFAX Canada is a free online reference tool. CARFAX gathers and presents data with the mission of empowering millions of Canadians insights to make better decisions about vehicles. Find information to help you buy, service, and sell with more confidence.

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CBC Corner

Browse trusted news, local stories, entertaining TV and radio shows, award-winning podcasts, articles on books and authors, educational kids content, a free English and French language learning app (Mauril), news in foreign languages and much 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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East Coast Recipes eBooks Library Card Required.

East Coast Recipes gives you access to over 3,000 delicious recipes created by talented chefs and cookbook authors, published in more than 40 East Coast cookbooks. Whether you’re looking to use up a specific ingredient, find health-conscious recipes or find inspiration from your favourite local chef, the site's advanced search feature can help you find exactly what you’re looking for. 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

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.

When using Grant Connect at any location of Halifax Public Libraries, 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.
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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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Kanopy Movies & Music Library Card Required.

Kanopy offers a wide range of independent films, classic cinema, documentaries, educational videos, and foreign films. Thousands of titles are waiting for you to stream, for free, on your favourite device.

You will receive 10 tickets per month that can be used toward video plays. Kanopy Kids offers unlimited plays per month.

Get started by watching our video tutorial

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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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LinkedIn Learning Library Card Required.

LinkedIn Learning is home to over 16,000 self-paced online courses, including all of Lynda.com’s great content. All of LinkedIn Learning’s courses are taught by industry professionals who are excited to share their knowledge with you. Courses are available in English, Simplified Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish. Whether you want to learn a new skill or get in touch with your creative side, there’s a course for everyone on LinkedIn Learning. You can access this tool via your browser or mobile device (using the free app).

Mobile App Instructions

  • Install the LinkedIn Learning app via the Apple or Play Store.
  • Click Sign In. (If the app is prompting you to sign in as your name, click, not your name, then you’ll see the Sign In option.)
  • Click Sign in with your library card.
  • Our libraryID is halifaxca – Note: This is case sensitive.
  • Enter your library card number and PIN.
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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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Medici.tv Movies & Music Library Card Required.

Medici.tv is an online collection of concerts, operas, ballets, documentaries, master classes, and jazz videos from renowned artists. It is available in English, French, Spanish and Russian.

While visiting any Halifax Public Libraries location, or from home with your library card, you can stream Medici.tv in your web browser. Or, download the app on your iPhone or iPad. Please note: To use the app, you will need to create a free Medici.tv account.

Additionally, every year, Medici.tv streams over 150 live events from the world’s most prestigious concert halls, opera houses, festivals and competitions.

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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, LinkedIn Learning, Novelist, OverDrive, Libby, PressReader, 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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OverDrive Audiobooks eBooks Movies & Music Library Card Required.

Access OverDrive's collection of more than 2 million digital titles—e-books, audiobooks, e-magazines, and videos. Browse curated collections; search by author, title or series; even try a sample—then borrow items to enjoy anywhere, anytime.

There's useful information about how to use OverDrive and compatible devices on their website.

Access OverDrive anytime on your mobile or tablet, too, with the handy Libby app for Android and Apple devices.

Please note: As of February 23, 2022, the OverDrive app has been retired and is no longer available for download. If you are currently using the OverDrive app, we encourage you to make the switch to Libby! The OverDrive app will be discontinued on May 1, 2023.

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OverDrive E-Magazines Magazines & Newspapers Library Card Required.

OverDrive E-Magazines features over 3000 titles, available with no holds or waitlists, simultaneous use for all titles, and premium content. Magazines are integrated into the OverDrive website and Libby—no additional software, apps, or account signups are required.

Magazines in the collection include: Cosmopolitan, Bloomberg Businessweek, OK!, HGTV, Car and Driver, O - The Oprah Magazine, Taste of Home, Country Living, Popular Science, Food Network, Star, Reader’s Digest, Newsweek, and many more.

There's useful information about how to use OverDrive, the Libby app, and compatible devices on their website.

Please note:

  • As of February 23, 2022, the OverDrive app has been retired and is no longer available for download. If you are currently using the OverDrive app, we encourage you to make the switch to Libby! The OverDrive app will be discontinued on May 1, 2023.
  • As of February February 1, 2023, all editions and issues of “The Economist” have been removed from OverDrive’s Magazine Collection. Learn more.
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PressReader Magazines & Newspapers Library Card Required.

PressReader provides access to full content newspapers and magazines from over 120 countries in more than 60 languages and is available on your computer, tablet, or mobile device. Everything from international to local publishers is kept up-to-date, so you’ll never be a day behind.

Please note: When accessing from home, not all newspapers and magazines will be available. PressReader 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. Simply click the 'Sign In' button, and then select 'Library or Group,' and search for Halifax Public Libraries to log in with your library card number.

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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.

Access note: Your permanent digital library card number is required to access the ProQuest database. A temporary digital library card number will not work.

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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.


SaltWire: Atlantic Canadian News Magazines & Newspapers New!

SaltWire and Halifax Public Libraries are proud to provide complimentary access to all SaltWire Network digital content. Simply visit saltwire.com while visiting any Halifax Public Libraries branch (or using Halifax Public Libraries WiFi), and enjoy exploring Atlantic Canadian publications online.

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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. 

Statistics Canada Data

Access Statistics Canada's main socioeconomic database (formerly called CANSIM). 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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TeenBookCloud Audiobooks eBooks

TeenBookCloud 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.

Note: All content formerly available on TumbleBookCloud Junior has been moved to TumbleBooks!


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