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Home Improvement Reference Center is your source for “how-to” information on a variety of do-it-yourself home improvement and repair projects. Looking to install a new door, fix a leaky faucet, or spruce up your garden? Access thousands of articles from leading home improvement magazines and books, as well as images and videos.

MasterFILE Premier contains full text for general reference magazines and publications covering a wide range of subject areas including business, health, education, general science and multicultural issues, and much more.

MasterFILE Reference eBook collection contains more than 500 reference books, over 107,000 primary source documents and an Image Collection of over 510,000 photos, maps & flags.

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Gale OneFile CPI.Q (Canadian Periodical Index) provides Canadian reference information. It includes more than 1,300 Canadian periodicals, a bilingual interface (English/French), indexing from 1980 forward, full-text articles from 1983 forward, The Globe and Mail, Maclean’s weekly magazine, and even travel handbooks from Fodor’s for Canadian destinations.

Explora & Explora Primary support student research with the following features: simple search engines, easy-to-browse categories organized by popular topics, reading level indicators to find grade-appropriate content easily, and text-to-speech for HTML articles to help struggling readers or those learning English.

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Canadian Reference Centre is the largest collection of regional full-text content available to Canadian schools and libraries. The database includes leading Canadian and international periodicals, reference books and biographies, plus thousands of images from the Canadian Press. 

Primary Search is a full-text database providing popular children’s magazines, easy-to-read encyclopedic entries and a vast image collection. Students can learn about a variety of topics, including endangered species, famous musicians, fitness, exploration, and more.

Primary Search Reference eBook collection contains more than 500 reference books, over 107,000 primary source documents and an Image Collection of over 510,000 photos, maps & flags.

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Gale in Context: Elementary (formerly Kids InfoBits) is a fantastic resource for educational exploration. Filled with reliable information and geared to fit the needs of today’s young learners, discover age-appropriate, reliable and curriculum-related content in a variety of educational topics.  

The Merck Manuals are medical information resources that are committed to providing current information. 

World Book Online offers resources for your learning adventures: Early World of Learning includes stories, games, videos, and interactive colouring pages for young readers; the Kids section provides thousands of easy-to-read articles filled with images; the Student section provides a citation builder, research tools and interactive maps; the Advanced section provides access to primary sources, historical documents, and multimedia; the Encyclopédie Découverte section offers thousands of easy-to-read articles filled with images and activities for kids in beginner-level French.


Ancestry Library Edition

Unlock your story with Ancestry Library Edition, a genealogical portal. Explore: censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court & legal documents, directories, photos, maps & more. 

NEW! Ancestry Library Edition: Access from Home

Access to Ancestry Library Edition has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders at home, courtesy of ProQuest.  Remote access will be re-evaluated monthly as needed and may be revoked at any time.  

How to Access Ancestry from Home:

  1. Fill out the form below.
  2. Once submitted, your request will be processed by library staff.
  3. You will receive an email with details on how to access Ancestry from home.

Courses & Lifelong Learning

Mango Languages builds communication skills in 70+ world languages, including English. Explore new languages by practicing realistic conversations.

Universal Class offers lifelong learning courses in over 30 subject areas, with more than 500 courses available. This resource offers videos, assignments, quizzes, tests, and options for social media interaction with other learners. Take multiple classes and learn at your own pace.

(Please note that these online courses will be transferring to OverDrive and Libby as of May 18, 2021, however will remain accessible here until May 20.)

Reading Guides

NoveList Plus is your one-stop guide to great reading. Log into NoveList to find your next read. Filled with book recommendations, book lists, reviews & more!

NoveList K-8 Plus is your one-stop guide to great reading. Finished a book but not sure what to read next? Log into NoveList K-8 for book recommendations.

Community Services

Elgin Children’s Network (ECN) is a local group of agencies and individuals who represent the education, health and social services sector. ECN works to build communities where every child has the opportunity to be engaged, empowered, and to thrive.   

Employment Services Elgin offers provincially funded programs that help individuals of all ages find employment. 

Government of Ontario provides access to government services, benefits, and information that Canadians need. Visit the Government of Ontario website to learn more. is a website for Ontario residents and health care providers to find relevant health service information for their communities.

The Learning for Life Tool is an online database full of adult education and training opportunities across the County of Elgin. This free interactive tool asks you a series of questions about your learning needs, as it narrows down recommendations to the most appropriate programs and courses for you. Each recommendation includes a description of the training opportunity, contact information, a map of the program’s location, and more.

Service Canada provides access to government services and benefits that Canadians need. Visit the Service Canada website to learn more.

Service Ontario provides easy access to Ontario government services online or at a Service Ontario Centre.
Services include: driver’s licences, plate stickers, health cards, birth certificates and more.

Southwestern Public Health provides access to public health services in Elgin County and St. Thomas. Visit the Southwestern Public Health website to learn more.