Important Update

Important Update!

As of November 18, 2015, Freegal Music will no longer be offered to Oakville Public Library cardholders. For more information, please click here.

Online Articles & Research

Use our electronic collections of newspapers, magazines, journals, encyclopedias, eBooks, audiobooks, research reports, images and multimedia to research any topic. To gain access to these resources, you'll need your Oakville Public Library card (14 digit barcode with no spaces) and PIN (usually the last four digits of your phone number)..



Academic OneFileCanadian Content icon

Millions of peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources with extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects. Updated daily. This resource may also be accessed using the AccessMyLibrary app.


An online collection of over 1000 streaming audiobooks. Aimed at students from kindergarten to high school, the collection includes full-length unabridged classics, fiction and non-fiction books as well as children's and teen titles.


Bibliothèque de Référence VirtuelleCanadian Content icon

La Bibliothèque de référence virtuelle est une source d'information thématique et fiable particulièrement axée sur les contenus canadien et ontarien.


Canadian Encyclopedia OnlineCanadian Content iconopen access icon

Complete text and multimedia of the Canadian Encyclopedia courtesy of Historica. Also includes the Youth Encyclopedia of Canada and the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada.

Canadian Periodical Index QuarterlyCanadian Content icon

Many full-text Canadian magazines and newspapers, including selected articles from the Globe & Mail

Canadian Points of View Reference CentreCanadian Content icon

Full-text database designed to provide students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue. Each of the 100+ key topics of interest to Canadian researchers have an overview, point, counterpoint, and critical thinking guide.

Career CruisingCanadian Content icon

An interactive Canadian career reference guide that provides in-depth profiles of hundreds of different careers. Find out where to get the education you need to start your career and use the Portfolio Tool to create a resume.


An online auto repair resource for do-it-yourselfers and automotive students. This 24-hour "mechanic" provides online access to repair, maintenance and service information on the most popular cars, trucks, vans and SUVs on the road today. Ford, Chrysler, GM, Toyota and numerous other makes are well-represented.


Dear Reader (Online Book Club)

Sign up for any one of the 11 available online book clubs and begin receiving daily excerpts from a different book each week. This free service has been made possible with the help of the Sprott Foundation.

Dictionary of Canadian Biography OnlineCanadian Content iconopen access icon

Historical information on Canada's inhabitants and their culture courtesy of Library and Archives Canada. Biographical information is provided for persons who died between the years 1000 and 1930 or whose last known date of activity falls within these years.


eLibrary CanadaCanadian Content icon

Canadian and international newspapers, newswires and magazines searchable in full-text, including the Toronto Star and the National Post.

Encyclopedia Britannica - Universalis Junior French Encyclopedia Online

French language encyclopedia for native French speakers, bilingual students, or anyone learning French.


Gale Virtual Reference Library

Downloadable reference eBooks and encyclopedias available 24/7 on a vast array of topics including biographies, business, history, medicine, science and social science.This resource may also be accessed using the AccessMyLibrary app.

General OneFileCanadian Content icon

Comprehensive general interest resource with access to more than 100 million magazine, newspaper and journal articles plus hundreds of travel guides and eBook reference titles. This resource may also be accessed using the AccessMyLibrary app.

General Reference Centre GoldCanadian Content icon

General interest database of magazines, newspapers and reference books on a wide variety of topics.


Halton Community Services DatabaseCanadian Content iconopen access icon

Search for local community services by subject, keyword or organization name.


Libraries On The Go

A growing collection of downloadable audiobooks and eBooks from OverDrive available for listening or reading on your computer, Apple or Android device, MP3 player, eReader, or Windows Phone. To use the service on a mobile device, download the OverDrive App app from iTunes, Google Play, or the Windows Phone Marketplace.

Literature Resource CenterCanadian Content icon

Critical analyses, bibliographies and biographies of authors from every age and literary genre.


Mango Languages

Learn languages online with Mango's visual and auditory learning. As an individualized language learning service, Mango Languages is designed to teach practical conversation and simulate the way people learn when immersed in a foreign culture. Each lesson covers vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and culture and Mango can track your progress. Mango can also be used to learn English as a second language. This resource may also be accessed using the Mango Languages Library Edition app.


Naxos Music LibraryCanadian Content icon

Streaming access from any computer, anytime, anywhere for more than 79,000 discs and 1 million tracks of classical, jazz, blues, relaxation, world and contemporary music, as well as spoken word and folk tales, with more than 1,000 CDs added each month. This resource may also be accessed using the Naxos Music Library app.

NovelistCanadian Content icon

Comprehensive resource for those seeking new fiction titles.


Oakville Beaver and other Halton NewspapersCanadian Content iconopen access icon

Browse or search local newspapers, including the Oakville Beaver, Independent & Free Press and Halton Compass.

Oakville EventsCanadian Content iconopen access icon

Oakville events listings presented in 1-week-at-a-glance calendar views.


Teen Health & WellnessCanadian Content icon

Student homework and self-help on topics including diseases, drugs, alcohol, nutrition, fitness, mental health, diversity, family life and more. Includes hotline phone numbers, online polls, personal stories and online advice.

TumbleBookCloudCanadian Content icon

An online collection of over 600 titles for middle school and high school students. This collection contains Young Adult/Teen novels, classics, poetry, short stories, Young Adult/Teen audiobooks , graphic novels, and educational videos from National Geographic.

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