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Enjoy your eLibrary over the Holidays

by Library Staff | Dec 23, 2021

Though we may be closed over the holidays, your eLibrary is always open!

Just a reminder - All library locations are closed beginning Friday, December 24 and resuming normal operating hours on Tuesday, January 4. Hold on to your checked out items! Loan periods have been changed so no materials are due over the closure as book return bins are closed/locked. 

Stay cozy, healthy, and warm inside while delighting in free magazines, newspapers, digital books, music, and movies – all available through your library website with your library card.

We’ve got digital books for the whole family

ORL eBooks from OverDrive is the ORL’s largest 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.

Get Started with ORL eBooks.


TumbleBook Library for Kids features animated, talking picture books as well as puzzles and games, based on books in the collection.

TeenBookCloud is great for tweens and teens. A part from a eBooks, the collection includes graphic novels, quite a few books found on High School Language Arts curriculum, and eAudiobooks.

With these two collections, there are no downloads or waitlists and the book plays right in the browser of your computer or your tablet. 

Get started with Digital Books for Kids or Get Started with Digital Books for Teens


Find your family history on Ancestry: Library Edition - available at home until the end of the year

Our genealogical database Ancestry: Library Edition is available to patrons at home until December 31, 2021.  Got some time off and want to discovery your family history? Now is your chance! You can find records for births marriages, military services, passenger lists and more from Canada, the U.S. and the U.K.

Find it at https://www.orl.bc.ca/elibrary/online-resources/subject#Genealogy .


Get a head start on New Year’s resolutions of self-improvement: learn a new language or a new skill

Use the holidays to learn a new language through Rosetta Stone. Learn Spanish, German, Korean, Arabic, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese and more. You can enjoy Rosetta Stone on your computer, or you can enjoy it on your smartphone or tablet using the Rosetta Stone mobile app.

Get Started with Rosetta Stone.


Have you ever wanted to learn how to improve your photography skills, learn computer coding, learn how to design a logo, or develop business and marketing skills? You can watch video tutorials on these and other topics for free with your library card, through LinkedIn Learning for Libraries.

Get Started with LinkedIn Learning for Libraries.


With The Great Courses (found in our Kanopy Streaming Film collection), you can watch lectures given by professors and teachers but you won't have to deal with exams, group projects, or tuition fees. Learn about history, astronomy, finance and math, creative writing and more. 

Get Started with The Great Courses


Listen to Free Classical Music

Need some fresh, ad-free music for your holiday listening pleasure?  Stream classical music with Naxos Music Library on your browser. Listen to entire albums, or create your own playlist!    

Get started with Naxos Music Library.


Stay Home and Watch Free Movies with Kanopy Streaming Films

Kanopy gives ORL members access over 30,000 films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema.

Get Started with Kanopy.


Read Free Magazines and Newspapers

Want to catch up with the latest in politics, business, and celebrity gossip? Or get new crafting, hobby, or holiday entertainment ideas? Check out OverDrive Magazines. This collection offers ORL customers access to hundreds of popular magazines!

Get Started with OverDrive Magazines.


Get holiday cooking and entertaining ideas from Chatelaine, Martha Stewart Living, and Fine Cooking. Get caught up with news with People, Maclean’sTime. For the kiddoes, find puzzles, science experiments and awesome comics and stories from Chickadee and Owl magazines.These digital magazines can be found only in the ORL’s Flipster collection.

Get Started with Flipster Digital Magazines.


Keep up with news from Canada and all over the world, with PressReader, the world’s largest online newspaper and magazine kiosk. ORL members have free access to full content digital replicas of more than 4,000 publications such as The Daily Courier, The Vancouver Sun, and The Guardian.

Get Started with PressReader.


This is just a taste of the online resources the library has to offer. Discover all of the ORL's online resources.

Enjoy your holidays – we can’t wait to see you when the library system re-opens on January 4.