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Online resources link you to articles and information from Canadian and international newspapers, magazines, encyclopedias and radio interviews. They cover a wide range of topics like genealogy, the environment, politics, economics, social issues, consumer reports, health, the sciences, the fine arts as well as "how to" help for your home and car repair. Through our online resources you can:

  • Read ebooks (electronic books) for children, for teens and for adults
  • Search the Library's subscriptions to newspapers, encyclopedias and periodical articles
  • Online databases are available to those with a Bracebridge Public Library card. Click on the link to each database and enter your Library barcode (Patron ID) when prompted to do so
  • Reference staff can assist you in locating other electronic resources.

New to ebooks?

The Bracebridge Public Library provides access to a wealth of ebooks and audio books through the Ontario Library Service Download Centre (OVERDRIVE). To get started, check out the Overdrive help page which provides information on downloading Adobe Digital Collections or Overdrive's Media Console, the free software you'll need to borrow and download ebooks and/ or media files depending on your device. To find information on how to register and download titles to your particular device, tablet or ereader, link to Overdrive’s Digital Help page, Choose Device Resource Centre to view a list of compatible devices. Once you have found your ereader, click on Support to link to detailed instructions and frequently asked questions about how to set up your device and start downloading materials. The site also offers a number of helpful videos on how to get started with your particular ereader.

Bracebridge Library cards need to be renewed every three years. A valid card is required to use OverDrive.



A service for library patrons to download, both fiction and non-fiction, audiobooks and ebooks to their computers or mobile devices. Many audio titles may also be burned to CD. Now includes videos and music.

Electric Library

Electric Library

This database provides full text articles from magazines, newspapers and news sources around the world. It also includes scholarly journals useful in secondary school studies.

AudioBook Cloud

Audiobook Cloud

AudioBookCloud.com allows you to listen to your favorite audio books with just a click of a button. Listen online to audio books in many different categories: fiction, non-fiction, classics and even Spanish language audio books! There are 1,000 books in the collection, and we’re always adding more! These books are always available, never on hold, and there's no need to download. Browse, Click, Listen. it's that easy!

Ancestry® Library Edition

Ancestry® Library Edition

Search for your family history on this reference tool from ProQuest. Includes more than 4,000 databases of genealogical data from the US, UK, Canada and beyond. Access Ancestry from home! From Library website's home page, search library catalogue and login with using your library card. Ancestry link is on catalogue home page.


A to Z World Food

AtoZ World Food contains traditional recipes from 174 countries all over the world and includes national cuisine, dining etiquette and special occasion foods. Tthousands of international recipes, hundreds of fascinating culture and ingredient articles, and essential culinary resources.


A to Z World Travel

AtoZ World Travel features 202 city guides including maps, excursions and day-trips, major attractions, hotels, restaurants and shopping. Travel essentials include health advisories, passport and visa, embassies and consulates, currency, weather and communications information.


Auto Repair Source

Auto Repair Source provides accurate, authoritative and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles. All content comes from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, service bulletins and recalls..

Canadian Reference Centre

Canadian Reference Centre

With thousands of full-text biographies, reference materials and an image collection, this database provides an optimal research experience for students keeping up with current events or studying Canada's global involvement.  

Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports

Easy access to current and reliable information and ratings of consumer products. 

Explora CanadaExplora Canada

Designed with public library patrons in mind, Explora provides easy-to-use features and reliable content from the world’s leading magazines and reference books.

Explora Children's LibraryExplora Primary

Explora Primary provides a safe, trustworthy environment for students to look up articles and facts for research papers, class projects or homework. A far better alternative to websites and search engines, Explora provides students with easy-to-use features and age-appropriate content from the world’s leading magazines and reference books.



Flipster is a next-generation magazine service that allows people to browse digital versions of the latest issues of popular magazines, courtesy of the library


NoveList Plus

A Reader's Advisory Service covering fiction and non-fiction. Search for similar authors, read reviews and discussions on books, get suggestions for books on over 600 genres and topics.

NoveList K-8 Plus

NoveList K-8 Plus

A Reader's Advisory Service for children's books covering fiction and non-fiction.


ProQuest / Globe & Mail

ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Globe & Mail (1844 to 2011)

Search by word, phrase or date through the entire archive of Canada's national newspaper. Excellent resource for genealogists and history projects.

Sesame Street eBooks

Sesame Street eBooks

Enjoy all your favourite Sesame Street characters with this eBook collection, a digital version of the print books. When you read a Sesame Street eBook with your child, you can make story time extra engaging with bright pages, audio narration, interactivity and animation.


Small Engine Repair Reference Centre

Small Engine Repair Reference Center

Covers 25 years of engine models for ATV's, snowmobiles and snowblowers, smaller watercraft, motorcycles, generators and some farm machinery. Includes tune-ups, brake service, transmission and engine repair and much more.



The TumbleBook Library is a collection of free interactive animated talking storybooks for children. Children can choose to read the text or have the stories read to them. Some books feature "Word Help" to assist children in sounding out words. There are also book-related puzzles and games to play. Stories are available in English, Spanish, French and Chinese.