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Video tutorials, login information, and instructions for the library's online resources, including eBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming movies & TV, virtual learning, online job help, language tutorials, reference materials, and more - all free with your library card.

Spring/Summer 2021: Acorn TV is temporarily unavailable while the resource migrates from RB Digital to its new home on OverDrive. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this transition. In the meantime, you can watch a variety of Acorn TV shows on Hoopla digital streaming service available through BPL.

Acorn TV offers award-winning television from the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Spain. Discover a new favourite or binge-watch a classic TV series.

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  • A key resource for anyone doing genealogical or historical research, Ancestry Library Edition includes census information, vital records, immigration and military records, photos, maps, and gazetteers. Coverage with this resource includes Canada, the U.S., and the U.K, dating back in some instances to the early 13th century.
  • Ancestry Library Edition is regularly only accessible at library branches. Access to this resource has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry. Now available to use at home until Dec 31, 2021.

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ArtistWorks provides players world-class instruction from Grammy Award-winning music professionals. ArtistWorks for Libraries offers users a guided path of video lessons containing everything they need to reach their musical goals. Geared to all levels of player.

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This database provides the most 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 include step by step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labour estimates, service bulletins and recalls. Find information on car repairs and maintenance (including service bulletins and recall information), care and repair tips and troubleshooting car problems. Database is powered by the automotive experts at MOTOR. MOTOR information Systems is the world's premier supplier of automotive data since 1903.

Years of cars covered: From 1974 to current year, foreign and domestic.

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Brainfuse is a virtual tutoring and learning resource for students in Kindergarten though postsecondary and aligns with Ontario Academic Standards. HelpNow connects students to live qualified tutors who can help them in an online classroom: live tutoring is available for students from 2pm to 11pm. Students can also submit questions or writing assignments any time of day that are reviewed in 24 hours.

Brainfuse HelpNow also offers study aids such as tutorial videos, practice tests, and flashcards and a collaborative workplace where students can meet virtually to work on assignments. There are sections for career prep/exploration (What Colour is Your Parachute), Adult Learning (including Citizenship test prep), and standardized tests (including EQAO), University applications, ESL, and computer and technology competencies.

Get more job and career resources through their JobNow site. This resource offers live resume help, resume templates, resources, a live interview coach, interview tips, career exploration resources and more.

To login: Enter your library barcode and PIN.
Note for App log in: The app will ask for your username and password. Once you have logged in via the browser, in the top right corner you should see your username. Hover over it and a drop down menu appears, select “My Account.” Here you will see an automatically generated username and password you can use to log into the app. You can also edit this to change your username and password.

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Downloadable directory information on more than 1.5 million Canadian businesses, primarily in the wholesale, retail and manufacturing sectors. Great for Small Business Entrepreneur market research and sales prospecting.

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Canadian Points of View Reference Centre provides information on 100 key topics of interest to Canadian researchers, with an overview (objective, background, description), point (argument), counterpoint (opposing argument), and Critical Thinking Guide. Topics include the environment, human rights, race, substance abuse and many more.

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Find out how much your car is worth in the Canadian Red Book valuation guide, powered by CARFAX Canada. Searches are done by library staff based on the vehicle information you provide in the form via the link below. We will reply by email back to you within three working days. To call us for help during open hours, please have the following vehicle information ready: Model Year, Manufacturer, Model, Trim

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This database includes leading Canadian periodicals and international periodicals in full text, full-text reference books, thousands of full-text biographies, and an image collection containing more than one million photos, maps and flags. The collection includes images from Canadian Press.

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Consumer Health Complete is the single most comprehensive resource for consumer-oriented health content. It is designed to support the information needs of patients, and to foster an overall understanding of health-related topics, from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic, and integrated medicine.

Sign in: If using in the library there is no sign in. When using from home just sign in with your library card and PIN number.

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Containing the latest evidenced-based health information, Multilingual Health Databases provide hundreds of reports for the most common health topics in both English and French. Each language is served by its own dedicated database featuring expertly translated full-text content to ensure accuracy of information. In addition, all aspects of the search experience (e.g., browsing, help, and interface features) are presented in the same language as the content for greater accessibility.

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Whether looking to find the best deal on an LCD TV, or researching the top-recommended used vehicles, ConsumerReports.org provides ratings and reviews, recommendations and buying advice for thousands of products and services.

In addition to product ratings and reviews, find in-depth advice, tips and trends written by Consumer Reports experts. Frequently updated articles, blogs and video content allow consumers to peruse the latest consumer news — whether they’re looking to learn more about budget-friendly home improvement plans, understanding the benefits and risks of retirement options, or searching for the latest recalls of baby products.

Sign in: No sign up required to use the database.  If using from home, you will need to enter your 14 digit BPL library card number.

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Creativebug offers unlimited access to thousands of online art and craft classes that you can watch anytime, anywhere. There are video classes in knitting, crocheting, drawing, painting, sketchbooking, sewing, quilting, jewelry making, and much more. Taught by top artists, designers, and crafters, Creativebug instructors are qualified and professional. Classes and projects can be done at your own pace, so there's never any need to rush. Grow your skills through the tutorials on the Daily Practice pages, and browse projects shared by other makers on the Inspiration pages.

To login: First setup your Creativebug account using your library bar code and 4-digit PIN (last four digits of your telephone number). Enter your email address and create a password.

Once your account is created, you can login using your BPL card number and PIN. Carry Creativebug with you! Download the app on Android or Apple products and sign in with your email and password.

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Designed specifically for elementary school libraries, this database contains full text for popular children's magazines, easy-to-read encyclopedic entries and a vast image collection. Students can learn about a variety of topics, such as endangered species, famous musicians, fitness, space exploration and more.

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FamilySearch International, a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is the largest genealogical organization in the world. BPL is an affiliate library, which means you can access FamilySearch services and resources FREE online plus gain access to 400 million records with multiple names on each record. Everyone must have their own Family Search account and be logged in AND physically in our library to access them. These are ‘locked’ records that are automatically unlocked when at Burlington Public Library.

Sign in: Family Search accounts can be created by entering your first and last name, birth date, and sex.

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Frontier Life is an online collection of primary resources which captures the lives of people living on the edge of European settlements across the various frontiers of North America, Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Bringing together documents from 16 archives and libraries around the world, this material allows users to take a comparative approach on a particular region, making it ideal for teaching and student projects, as well as more in depth scholarly research. This is a collection of primary documents such as photographs, letters, diaries and maps.

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The Gale Virtual Reference Library contains both encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. These textbooks might once have only been accessible in the library as a reference tool, but are now readily available online from any computer!

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Global Road Warrior is the world’s most extensive country-by-country resource for learning about culture, customs, history, and language worldwide. Global Road Warrior consists of 174 Country Guides of 119 topics each. No other single resource covers so many topics, so well, for so many countries.

Sign up: Click on the provided link and then enter your Burlington Public library card number where indicated.

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Search the Halton Community Services Directory online from your home or office 24/7.

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Instantly borrow free digital movies, music and more 24/7 with your library card. Bringing you hundreds of thousands of movies, full music albums, audiobooks and more, hoopla is a revolutionary digital streaming service.

This is a streaming collection, you must be connected to the internet to stream from hoopla. If using a smartphone or tablet/iPad it is possible to download for offline use.

Sign in: All you need is your Burlington library card and a hoopla account. On your device search for "hoopla digital" for the free app from your device's app store. Click on sign up, tap on Burlington Public Library and continue following the steps to sign up. If using hoopla on a computer click sign up in the top right corner, after reading the information continue and pick Burlington Public Library, then enter your library card number, next create an account with hoopla with an email address. After you have signed up your login will work on both your device and your computer.

Loan periods: Movies and television shows are signed out for 3 days, music for 7 days and audiobooks for 21 days. Maximum 7 titles can be borrowed every month.

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Over 30,000 films entirely FREE with your library card. Kanopy offers a large collection of high quality films and documentaries from art-house classics to world cinema, all available to play on your PC, phone, tablet, and digital media player. Stream documentary, international, independent, and educational films from producers such as The Great Courses, PBS, the Criterion Channel, and many more. Family-friendly movies and TV series are available on their Kids site.

  • Stream up to 7 films per month.
  • Loan period is 3 days.
  • The title automatically expires after 72 hours.
  • Closed caption and transcripts are available.
  • General site content is intended for viewers age 18 years and older.

Sign in: You need a valid Burlington Public Library card AND:

  • a computer with an internet connection, or,
  • the Kanopy app for iOS or Android mobile devices, or,
  • a Roku device, Apple TV, Chromecast for your TV. You can also connect your computer to your television via HDMI.
  • Recommended: connection to a Wi-Fi network when using this service.

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LinkedIn Learning is an online learning platform that offers a large video library of 3,500+ high quality courses, which include more than 144,000 high quality video tutorials. These courses are taught by industry experts in the areas of business, software, technology, and creative skills to help achieve personal and professional goals. Courses are labeled by skill level (beginner, intermediate, advanced, or appropriate for all) and vary in length. Some are quick introductions or tips on a topic, and some courses have multiple videos spanning several hours.

Sign in: All you need is your Burlington library card and PIN (by default the last four digits of your phone number, unless you've changed it). When using the LinkedIn Learning app, the library ID is "burlonlibrary."

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This comprehensive full-text database provides a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and time frames. It gives students, professors and researchers a foundation of literary reference works to meet their research needs.

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Literature Criticism Online contains the cross-searchable full text of all volumes of Contemporary Literary Criticism and Shakespearean Criticism from the first publication to present.

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Designed specifically for public libraries, this database provides full text for magazines, reference books and primary source documents. It also includes an extensive image collection containing photos, maps and flags.

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You can access The New York Times with your library card for a 72-hour period as frequently as you want. You only need to create your NYTimes account once; however, you will need to visit BPL's Resources page every 72 hours to re-activate ongoing access to your New York Times account.

First time only:

  • Click on REDEEM link below to redeem a 72-hour code and create an online account.
  • Follow the links to login to your account and start enjoying NYTimes.

All subsequent times:

  • Click on LOGIN link to login to NYTimes.
  • IF you get an error message, your 72-hour access period may have ended. Please go back and click REDEEM again.
  • Follow login link from that page to enjoy NYTimes.

REDEEM a NYTimes code for 72-hours access - use only when activating the access period

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NoveList K-8 Plus was developed by librarians and school media specialists, and is easy to use! Just type in an author, title or key words, or browse the database by age group, and you'll access a rich collection of titles, BookTalks, Recommended Reads book lists and more. You'll also find professional resources such as Grab-and-Go Book Lists--vetted lists of high-interest titles on a variety of curriculum-based topics and segmented by grade level. Use BookTalks to generate enthusiasm about reading, or peruse the Curricular Connections to find resources to help lead kids to books.

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With information on over 250,000 fiction and readable nonfiction titles, and with feature content including lists of award-winning books, Book Discussion Guides, Book Talks, Recommended Reads and more, NoveList Plus is a complete readers' resource.

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Sign up for any one of the 8 available online book clubs and begin receiving daily excerpts from a different book each week. Each day we’ll send you a 5-minute excerpt and by the end of the week, you’ll have read 2-3 chapters! New books are featured each week--starting Monday.

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Provides Burlington customers with access to the largest collection of new eBooks, audiobooks, and digital magazines imaginable—available FREE from the library’s website 24 hours a day, seven days a week. OverDrive eBooks and eMagazines are compatible with thousands of different devices, making it the most compatible library download service available.

  • Borrow up to 10 items for up to 21 days.
  • No limit to number of magazines that you can borrow at one time.
  • You may have up to 20 books on a holds list.
  • Checkout and download your books directly from the library catalogue. Faster and more convenient and these checkouts and holds show up in your library account.

Sign in: Download Centre books are available in ebooks and eaudio formats. You will need a BPL library card to use our collection. The Libby app will need to be installed if you want to read or listen to your books on an android or Apple device. Apple devices require an iOS of 10+ and Android devices require an iOS of 5+.

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Libby offers OverDrive users the best digital borrowing and reading experience. All you need is your library card to install and use this app. The app gives you full access to Burlington Public Library's OverDrive collection of eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines that you can download for offline use. Libby is compatible with both android and Apple devices. Apple devices require an iOS of 10+ and Android devices require an iOS of 5+. If you use a device with an earlier iOS, you will need to upgrade the operating system or browser to use the Libby app.

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PressReader provides instant online access to today's newspapers from around the world in full-colour, full-page format. The ever-expanding collection currently includes nearly 1,000 U.S. and international titles, including most major Canadian publications. Just like reading the familiar print edition, viewers can browse articles and other key content, such as pictures, advertisements, classifieds, and notices. The service also provides up to a 60-day backfile and the ability to perform keyword searches across all titles and the entire backfile.

You can use your library card to access Pressreader. Just enter through the link on this page, click Sign in, select the Library Card option, and choose Burlington Public Library from the drop down menu. Then just enter your library card number and pin and you're set. When you sign in to the Pressreader app or website from home, you will have 30-day complimentary access. When you sign in to the app or website while on the library's WiFi, you are granted 48 hours access.

Please note: The Globe & Mail has changed its access policy on Pressreader and users will no longer have access to The Globe & Mail Newspapers outside of the library. This means that to access the Globe & Mail through PressReader library customers will need to be onsite at the library.

Sign in: Creating an account is easy, all you need is your BPL library card and pin. This allows you to take advantage of a much richer selection of features.

  • Newspapers and magazines available in many other languages.
  • Search for full newspapers and magazines by language, country and by date.
  • Printing available
  • There is an app available for Android and Apple.

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Canadian documentaries and information videos featuring Indigenous voices. 100% Canadian produced content.

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Entertaining and educational videos for kids featuring 100% Canadian and Indigenous content that is relevant to teachers and K-12 students. Every segment meets a specific area of the curriculum and course; grade and strand or expectations are easily viewable.

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Check out our ebooks on online gaming, online security, social networking and more.

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Research-based and experience-driven, Transparent Language Online is a language-learning program that provides an effective, fun, and engaging experience for language learners of all levels.

  • Available in over 80 languages including 15 for ESL learners.
  • Learn pronunciation, speech, grammar, writing, and vocabulary with the Essential courses.
  • Record, playback, and compare your speech to a real native speake.
  • Mobile apps available for both iPhone and Android users. Look for the Transparent Language Online app—it's free!

Sign in: First time users will need to create an account with a username, password and an email address. Once you have created your username and password you will use this to sign-in each time to use the database.

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TumbleBook Library is an interactive database for children to follow along as their favourite books come to life with graphics and sound in English, French, and Spanish!

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