By Subject

The Okanagan Regional Library subscribes to a variety of online resources. To use these eResources, you will need your library card barcode number and PIN code.  If you do not have a library card, learn how you can join the library.

If you need any assistance, contact staff at your closest library branch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Automotive

Alldata is a comprehensive database of car repair information for domestic and imported cars, light trucks, and vans from 1982 to the present. Includes maintenance schedules, illustrated diagnosis and repair procedures, and technical service bulletins.
Available for use on computers in Kelowna, Salmon Arm and Vernon Library Branches only.

Auto Repair Source provides automotive diagnostic and repair information, including technical service bulletins & recalls.
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Small Engine Repair and Reference Center provides information on maintenance and tune-ups for ATVs, commercial mowers, farm tractors, generators, motorcycles, marine (boats), outdoor power equipment, personal watercraft/jet ski, snow blowers, snowmobiles, tillers and other small engines.

Vehicle Safety and Inspection Standards Online includes vehicle safety and inspection standards and related BC legislation from The Queen’s Printer, and the Ministry of Transportation. Includes official bulletins, and inspection manuals for commercial vehicles, motorcycles, semi-trailers and buses. 
Available for use on library computers only.

 

 

Books & Reading

AudioBookCloud offers eAudioBooks for All Ages! Listen to over 1400 eAudiobooks online in your browser. No downloads. No software. No holds. No waiting periods. Just click and listen. (Available until August 31, 2020).

NoveList has information on over 125,000 fiction titles. It includes reviews, annotations, author read-alikes, discussion guides and book talks. Great for Book Clubs.
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ORL eBooks is the ORL’s main collection of downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks. With hundreds of popular fiction and non-fiction titles to choose from, this collection will have something for everyone. You can enjoy best-selling novels, well-known classics, self-improvement guides, and much more.
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RBdigital Books is a digital book collection that features thousands of eAudiobooks and a selection of Classic eBooks. There are few wait lists and plenty of popular titles.
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RomanceBookCloud is a collection of over 1700 Romance novels eBooks to delight your heart. Whether it be contemporary, historical, time travel, paranormal or inspirational.  Includes award winners and best sellers, plus new books added all the time. No downloads. No software. No holds. No waiting periods. Just click and read, you will LOVE it. (Available until August 31, 2020).

 

 

 

Business

Business Plans Handbook is a collection of business plans written by entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses throughout North America.

 

Consumer Information

Access Consumer Reports through MasterFile Premier. Explore current and past articles of Consumer Reports, by selecting the year and issue.

 

 

Encyclopedias

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Britannica Library - Reference Center (formerly Encyclopaedia Britannica) provides articles on a complete range of subjects, an atlas and tools for country comparisons, biographies, and how-to documents for research and writing reports.

Britannica Library - Children (formerly Encyclopaedia Britannica for Kids) provides age-appropriate articles on a variety of subjects. Check out the Discover Britannica features like “Canada in Focus” and the interactive World Atlas.

Britannica Library - Young Adults (formerly Encyclopaedia Britannica for Young Adults) provides articles written for students on a complete range of subjects, an atlas and tools for and tools for making statistical and informational comparisons across countries, biographies, and how-to documents for research and writing reports.

 

 

Environment

GreenFILE provides both scholarly and general interest information on a variety of topics concerning human impact on the environment, such as global warming, recycling and alternative energy sources.

 

 

Genealogy & History 

Ancestry: Library Edition has more than one and a half billion names in over 7,000 databases. Birth, marriage, death, church, military, court, passenger lists and more, from Canada, U.S. and the U.K.
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Available at home while libraries are closed. 

FamilySearch affiliate library access is available at the Kelowna library branch, on its two research computers or when using the library’s Wi-Fi. FamilySearch is a genealogy website featuring millions of digital images and records that are collected via the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. With affiliate library access, you can view millions of digital genealogical records that are normally restricted to the public. You will need to create a free FamilySearch account the first time you use the site (see Privacy notice, Terms of use).
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Full access to FamilySearch is available at the downtown Kelowna Library Branch only.  

Points to the Past is a site where you can search through millions pages of digitized historical content and primary source materials such as maps, photographs, newspapers, manuscripts, pamphlets, poems, sermons, and much more. No log in needed when accessing from within British Columbia.

 

 

Grants & Funding

Grant Connect: Community Edition is a useful resource for charities and non-profits seeking funding. Browse through thousands of funding organizations, including Canadian grant-making foundations, corporations and government agencies.

Access during library closure: Grant Connect is ensuring that small charitable organization have continued access to Grant Connect during library closures. If you represent a Canadian charity, please sign up to access Grant Connect: Community Edition at https://imaginecanada.ca/en/wfhcommunityedition.

 

Home Improvement

Home Improvement Reference Center features a variety of full text articles from home improvement magazines and reference books, as well as how-to videos, for subjects covering such areas as remodelling, and plumbing, woodworking and more.

 

 

Kids

Britannica Library - Children (formerly Encyclopaedia Britannica for Kids) provides age-appropriate articles on a variety of subjects. Check out the Discover Britannica features like “Canada in Focus” and the interactive World Atlas.
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ORL eBooks for Kids. This eReading Room showcases only the digital children’s books from the ORL eBooks collection, making it easier for kids to find just what they want! The steps for borrowing, downloading and enjoying books are the same as for the ORL eBooks collection. 

TeenBookCloud includes digital chapter books and graphic novels with sentence highlighting and narration, as well as eAudiobooks, for middle and high school-aged readers.

TumbleBook Library for Kids. TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books. The collection has fiction and non-fiction titles in English, as well as titles in French and Spanish. It also includes puzzles and games.
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TumbleBookCloud Junior features Read-Along books and graphic novels, which contain narration and sentence highlighting, as well as eBooks, eAudiobooks and short educational videos, for elementary school-aged readers.

TumbleMath is a great learning resource for children in Kindergarten to Grade 6. TumbleMath is a collection of math picture books that you can read online in your browser, complete with animation and narration. Books include additional materials such as lesson plans and quizzes. (Available until August 31, 2020).

 

 

Languages

Rosetta Stone: Learn Spanish, German, Korean, Arabic, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese and more. Instruction in 30 different languages available. Learn a new language today!

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Law

BC Codes includes the BC Building Code, Fire Code, and Plumbing Services. Describes minimum construction requirements for safe buildings in BC. Find it under the Public Library label.

BC Laws is your source for current law in BC including complete Statutes and Regulations, Third Reading Bills, Orders in Council and more.

 

 

Learning

Lynda.com is your source for online learning. ORL members have access to thousands of video tutorials covering topics such as business, project management, popular software, and much more. Courses are taught by industry experts. Learn something new today! (Chrome or Firefox browser recommended).
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Online Resource Tutorials (from Niche Academy): Learn how to use your library's online resources. Watch tutorials about how to enjoy digital books, magazines, movies, and how to use our genealogical databases, journal collections and encyclopedias for research. 

Social Media Basics (from Niche Academy): Learn how to use Facebook, Gmail, Goodreads, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Snapchat, and Twitter.

 

Magazines, Newspapers, & Journals

Academic Search Elite provides articles from more than 2,000 publications from various academic fields, many of which are peer-reviewed. You can find and read articles from such journals as Canadian Journal of Archaeology, History Today, Shakespeare Studies, and more.
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Canadian Newsstream is an online collection of Canadian newspapers. Includes the Globe and Mail, the Province, the National Post and many more. You can also find your local community newspapers from across the Okanagan region.
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Note: This resource is temporarily unavailable, thanks for your patience as we work to restore access.

International Newsstream gives you access to more than 800 of the world's top newspapers outside of the US and Canada. It includes newspapers like The Times (London), The Bangkok Post, El Norte, The Guardian, Jerusalem Post, and South China Morning Post. Find recent news articles as well as archives that stretch back decades.
Note: This resource is temporarily unavailable, thanks for your patience as we work to restore access.

 

MasterFILE Premier simultaneously searches databases of full text articles and abstracts from over 2,000 popular and scholarly magazines. Ideal for general, academic, business, health and consumer research (including Consumer Reports).

PressReader is an online collection of over 4,000 newspaper and magazine publications from around the world! Get same day access as the newsstands from the comfort of home. Read newspapers and magazines in print-like layout, or read in SmartFlow format, which is optimized for your screen. Publications include The Daily CourierThe Guardian, Vancouver Sun and so many more. (Please note The Globe and Mail is available to view in-library only).  
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RBdigital Magazines offers ORL customers access to hundreds of popular magazines ranging from sports, science, fashion and entertainment. You can read these magazines online in the browser or download them for off-line reading on the RBdigital App.
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Movies

IndieFlix gives ORL customers unlimited access to over 7,000 film-festival hits, including the best of Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca, as well as and shorts and documentaries from around the world. There is no software or apps to download! The movies play directly on your browser through the internet.
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Music

Naxos Music Library: Classical is an online collection of classical music. The service offers streaming access to more than 135,000 recordings, totalling over 2 million tracks, and new recordings are added monthly.
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Naxos Music Library: Jazz - Due to low use, our subscription to this collection has not been renewed. Thanks for your understanding.

 

 

Travel

Global Road Warrior is packed with colour photos, over 1000 country maps and information on culture, customs and travel essentials for 175 countries and nations. It is great for customers preparing to travel abroad for business or recreation or for students researching country information.

 

 

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