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.
Pick from thousands of audiobooks—from classics and fiction, to books for kids and young adults, to audiobooks recorded in Spanish.
Explore this book commemorating the 1,360 men and women from Halifax County who gave their lives in the Great War.
Explore this book commemorating the 705 men and women from Halifax County who gave their lives in World War 2 and the Korean War.
Explore this book commemorating the members of Canada’s Armed Forces from Halifax Regional Municipality who have lost their lives while in service to Canada, from 1953-present.
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.
Your own national encyclopedia, The Canadian Encyclopedia, is a one-stop shop for information about all things Canadian—people, historical events, geography, culture, and more.
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.
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.
- Registration: To borrow from CELA, you need to register in person at any of our locations or use your library card number to self-register online. CELA will confirm your registration and give you access to the collection within 5 business days.
- Learn more about borrowing accessible items from the Library.
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.
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.
Get informed about your health. The Cochrane Library has several databases packed with high-quality, independent summaries of health-related research, including systematic reviews of available evidence on a variety of topics—plain language recaps included.
Considering a new purchase? Check out Consumer Reports' product reviews and ratings. All reviews are based on rigorous research and testing. They have the goods on everything from air conditioners to yogurt.
Browse or search this index of more than 1,000 peer-reviewed Open Access academic journals and periodicals. This comprehensive list includes publications from around the world and covering a variety of subjects.
Can only be accessed when visiting our Central Library.
Access more than 4,000 periodicals from around the world from leading international news sources like The New York Times and The Guardian to our local newspaper, The Chronicle Herald.
FamilySearch is a non-profit family history organization that offers free online access to one of the world's largest collections of genealogical and historical records. This service is provided by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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.
Access a wealth of information on health-related topics including fitness, pregnancy, diseases and conditions, treatments, and prescription drugs.
Access periodicals and reference materials on nursing, allied health professions, and general personal health.
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]
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.
Libby Audiobooks eBooks New!
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.
Learn more about how to use Libby: https://help.libbyapp.com/
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
Meet your new best friend and mentor, Lynda. 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.
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
As a Library member with a print disability, you can register to download audiobooks and other accessible formats designed for people with print disabilities. NNELS titles can be used on a wide variety of devices, including computers/ laptops, iPads, iPhones, Android devices, MP3 players, and DAISY readers. Learn more about how to register to borrow from the NNELS Collection.
This online collection of provincial records, from as early as 1864, includes more the 25,000 records of births, marriages, and deaths in Nova Scotia.
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.
Access OverDrive's collection of more than 2 million digital titles—e-books, audiobooks, and videos. Browse curated collections; search by author, title or series; even try a sample—then borrow items to enjoy anywhere, anytime.
Stay in touch with the news of the world. Access PressReader online at any of our branches. You can search thousands of publications by country and language, and read translated articles instantly. Plus, you can look for foreign editions of magazines on your mobile device or laptop and borrow them at the Library for reading at home.
Access more than 50,000 free e-books that you can download or read online. This collection includes many classics and great works of literature.
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.
Browse the world's largest newstand! Read full-colour digital magazines online—for free, with no checkouts or limits. Pick from more than 200 magazines.
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.
Squiggle Park Games New!
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!
The Census Program provides a statistical portrait of our country every 5 years and shares the findings online. Access statistical data, summaries by topic, maps, and a variety of other reference materials.
A great collection of audiobooks, National Geographic videos, and e-books for teens and adults. Explore fiction and non-fiction, drama and poetry, graphic novels, and more. Read, watch, and learn online.
A curated collection of audiobooks, National Geographic videos, and e-books for children in grades 3-6. Read-along stories, non-fiction, graphic novels and more—read, watch, and learn online.
TumbleBooks offers animated, talking picture books kids can read or listen to online. Choose from over 300 popular and award-winning books.
Students of all ages will find valuable information in thousands of articles, interactive games and activities, animations, science projects and more! You can also access resources in Spanish and French.