Online Learning

Use your Elgin County Library card to access all of our online resources. If you don’t yet have an Elgin County Library card, find out if you’re eligible for a virtual library card.

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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. 

Ancestry Library Edition can only be accessed from one of our in-branch computers. Please ask staff at your local branch for details.

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. 

Elgin Children's Network

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

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

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Explora & Explora Primary support student research with click on easy-to-browse graphic categories organized by popular topics. Articles are available at varied reading levels as well as text-to-speech for HTML articles to help struggling readers or those learning English. is a website for Ontario residents and health care providers to find relevant health service information for their communities.

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Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center includes leading full-text hobby and craft magazines, hobby profiles, recipes, and videos all in a unique, dedicated user interface with easy-to-browse categories.

*NEW to Elgin County Library

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.  

Canadian Periodical Index

Gale OneFile CPI.Q the award-winning electronic version of the Canadian Periodical Index, provides the most-requested Canadian reference information available. It includes more than 1,300 Canadian periodicals (more than 700 full text).  This vast collection is fully integrated, enabling users to search the entire database with a single query. It yields a variety of relevant periodical articles, biographies, company profiles, historical documents, science and technology essays, and much more.

Learning for Life Tool

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.

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

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.

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

M.I.understanding is a communication tool designed to educate families and connect them to the resources available to support children who are experiencing mental health issues.

This project consists of a series of videos along with accompanying resources on a website channel dedicated specifically to childhood mental health. The concept is endorsed by Children’s Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre, (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Program) as well as the Thames Valley District School Board (Mental Health Strategic Planning Committee).

Ask a librarian to meet Poppy next time you visit one of our library branches!


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

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

Government of Ontario provides access to government services, benefits, and information that Canadians need. Visit the Government of Ontario website to learn more.

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.

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.

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TVO mPower provides free, creative online games that support the development of foundational Kindergarten to Grade 6 math and STEM skills while fostering positive attitudes towards math - designed and developed in partnership with Ontario students and educators!

TVO Learn provides educators and parents/caregivers with grade and subject-specific resources to support student learning and has expanded to include over 1500 Learning Activities for Kindergarten to Grade 8 for Language, Mathematics, Social Studies/History & Geography, The Arts, Health & Physical Education, and French as a Second Language (Grades 4-8). TVO Learn has expanded to include Kindergarten Learning Activities that align with each of the four frames of the Kindergarten Program. Check out our new overview of TVO Learn: TVO Learn in 2 minutes

Universal Class offers over 500 online continuing education classes. Areas of study include accounting, homeschooling and writing skills to list a few. Learn what you want on your own time. Track your progress through assignments and exams.

World Book Online offers 12 resources for your learning adventures available in English, Spanish and French languages.  A few of the resources include Early 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.

Elgin County Library Holiday Hours

Saturday, December 23 at 1pm, all ECL branches are closed

December 24 – January 1, all ECL branches closed

Tuesday, January 2, all ECL branches open for regular hours

Our digital library is open all day every day!