Helpful Sites and Services
In addition to the subscription databases and other resources we offer, we have collected and listed below some of our favourite free access websites on a variety of topics.
Careers & Jobs
A job search engine that specializes in finding new jobs directly from employer websites.
An employment resource that offers users information on what it's like to work for a given company, including salary data, interview Q&A, benefits, and more.
A search engine for hundreds of thousands of jobs from thousands of employer and career sites across Canada.
A fully bilingual job search engine that lists thousands of available jobs from all across Canada.
Consumer Help & DIY
Eliquo Free Software Training Courses
While parents and children are staying home for the next few weeks, Eliquo is offering free design and digital marketing courses to give you another option to help pass the days a little more easily.These courses are available to parents, young adults and teens at absolutely no charge. Most classes are under 2 hours and a few technical courses are no more than 3 hours. Each class is delivered to your house via a free, live web-based feed.
Garden Making inspires and informs home gardeners with useful, practical information you can use in your home garden.
A website that showcases do-it-yourself projects and offers free courses on a huge range of topics like technology/electronics, crafts, cooking, sewing, and more.
PC Part Picker
Provides computer part selection, compatibility, and pricing guidance for do-it-yourself computer builders.
A free educational resource that teaches older adults and inexperienced computer users how to use key websites and online services with easy-to-follow video tutorials and articles.
Your Legal Rights
A website of legal information for people in Ontario. It offers free, practical, and easy-to-find legal information produced by hundreds of organizations across Ontario.
Genealogy and Family History
Ancestry Library Edition
Ancestry brings the world's most popular online genealogy resource to our library. It offers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, and photos, and is easily accessible by both hobbyists and professionals.
Other Genealogical Resources
Links to free online databases and websites to assist with your family history research.
Research & Reference
Partners with Canada's libraries, museums, archives, and government agencies to offer rich collections of our nation's documentary heritage in a presentable online compilation. Their public collections can be accessed here.
Dictionary of Canadian Biography
A bilingual scholarly research and publishing project giving free online access to more than 8,400 biographies of individuals who have played an important role in Canadian history.
Offering expanded access to some of their most popular online databases and eBook collections so library patrons and students have greater access to valuable educational content during this extended period of time at home
Offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government, and general interest titles draw on the connections between the environment and a variety of disciplines.
An online resource designed to help Ontarians of all ages discover the extraordinary stories contained in the digital collections of its culture and history.
Temporary access to a variety of online educational resources for teaching and learning. Levels range from pre-K to adult. Access generously provided by Gale during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Temporary access to this award-winning language learning resource. Best suited for adults, this resource is designed to adapt to your unique learning behaviours.
Rosetta Stone for Students
Rosetta Stone is providing 3-month free access to their online program for students to help support language learning during school closures.