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Accessing our Online Resources

Here’s a quick guide to all of the online resources you can use with your library card, things to read, watch, listen to, learn and do, and some free services offered by our community.


Need a library card?

If you live, work or study in Oakville and don’t have an OPL library card, you can now register for a library card via email or phone, so you can still access our digital collections from the comfort of your own home.*

Select one option:

  • Send us an email at oplreference@oakville.ca and include “Card Registration” in the subject line; or
  • Call us at 905-815-2039 and leave a voicemail with your card registration request, including your name and phone number.

Please allow 48 hours to process your registration.

*Currently, this library card provides access to OPL’s digital collections. Once the library resumes regular operations, we can provide you with a full-access library card.


For Kids

  • TumbleBook Library offers interactive eBooks for kids in English, French and Spanish
  • KanopyKids offers unlimited access to high-quality movies and TV shows like Arthur and Sesame Street.
  • Hoopla offers instant streaming and downloadable children’s movies, television shows, audiobooks, and music.
  • Little Pim is an online language learning system for ages 0-6.
  • Storyline Online offers storytime for variety of ages, read aloud by some well-known actors such as Chris Pine, Rami Malek, Betty White and more.

eBooks and Audiobooks

  • cloudLibrary offers a growing collection of eBooks and audiobooks for adults, teens, and kids. Listen or read on your computer, smartphone or tablet through the mobile or desktop app.
  • AudiobookCloud is 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.
  • CELA catalogue for those with print disabilities – CELA has Canada’s largest collections of books and online resources for people who have difficulty reading print due to a visual, physical, or learning disability.

 Movies and Music

  • Kanopy lets you stream documentaries, classic and indie films on desktop, mobile and Roku. Check out the Credit-Free Viewing list for a growing collection of titles that will not deduct from your 10 monthly play credits.
  • Naxos Music Library allows you to stream classical, jazz, blues, relaxation, world and contemporary music, as well as spoken word and folk tales, from any computer.
  • Hoopla offers instant streaming and downloadable television shows, movies, audiobooks, and music.

Newspapers and Magazines

  • New York Times offers digital articles that can be viewed on any computer, smartphone, or tablet with an internet connection. Note: You will be directed to redeem a 72 hour access code. After those 72 hours have elapsed, simply click to redeem a new code.
  • RBDigital offers nearly 100 digital magazines that you can access on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.
  • Canadian Periodical Index Quarterly offers access to many full-text Canadian magazines and newspapers, including select articles from the Globe & Mail and Toronto Star.

Online Learning

  • JSTOR now offers an Open Access section that does not require a login from an academic institution for those who need academic level resources.
  • Khan Academy is a free website that offers expert-created content and resources for every course and level.
  • Lynda.com is an online learning platform featuring thousands of online courses taught by industry experts including: 3D printing, business, photography, coding and more.
  • Mango Languages teaches practical conversation and simulates the way people learn when immersed in a foreign culture.
  • Encyclopedia Britannica offers an online version which includes video clips, magazine articles, interactive exercises and activities for students.
  • TechBoomers.com is a free educational website that teaches older adults and those with limited computer skills how to use popular and trusted websites like Facebook, Netflix, Amazon and more.

Family History and Genealogy

  • Ancestry Library Edition is a great resource for anyone doing genealogical or historical research. Records include census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more with some information dating back to the early 13th century. Access to this resource has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry.

Information

  • Consumer Reports – Free access to Consumer Reports’ ratings, recommendations, recalls, safety alerts, user reviews and more.
  • Canadian Business Online – Need help with sales prospecting or market research? Access a directory of information on more than 1.5 million Canadian businesses, primarily in the wholesale, retail and manufacturing sectors.

Community Resources

Halton Community Services Directory has compiled a helpful list of COVID-19 information and resources for residents of Halton. Whether you’re searching for local food banks, financial relief programs or mental health services in your community – they can help.

Halton Community Services Directory

COVID-19 Resources and Information


Contact Us

Still have questions? Send us an email at oplreference@oakville.ca. We also encourage you to follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for updates.


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