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Ancestry Databases Magazines, Newspapers and Journals Library Card Required.

Ancestry® Library Edition delivers billions of records including census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more. It brings the world’s most popular consumer online genealogy resource to your library. It’s an unprecedented online collection of individuals from North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, and more.


*Ancestry discontinued remote access on December 31, 2021. Ancestry is available for in-library use only.*

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Auto Repair Databases Library Card Required.

Powered by the automotive experts at MOTOR, Auto Repair Source provides the most accurate, authoritative and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles.

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BrainFuse – JobNow Library Card Required.

Job search resources, including job coaching, resume critiques, interview practice, and local job postings. Live online job coaching is available daily from 2:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

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Canadian Reference Centre Databases Library Card Required.

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.

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Consumer Reports Databases Magazines, Newspapers and Journals Library Card Required.

Consumer Reports is an independent, nonprofit member organization that works side by side with consumers for truth, transparency, and fairness in the marketplace. They publish reviews and comparisons of products and services based on reporting and results from their in-house testing laboratory and survey research centre. Check out Consumer Reports for helpful buying guides for various products and services! 

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creativebug Library Card Required.

Creativebug offers unlimited access to 1000+ online art and craft classes taught by expert instructors for all ages and skill levels. Topics include art & design, sewing, quilting, paper, fibre arts, jewellery, and food & home. New classes are released every day and Creativebug includes downloadable patterns, templates, and recipes.

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Free G1 Practice Tests, based on the official Ontario Driver’s Handbook. Ad-free, unlimited use, and no registration required. An app and the M1 Motorcycle Test also available.


hoopla Audiobooks eBooks eComics Magazines, Newspapers and Journals Movies and TV Music Streaming Library Card Required.

hoopla gives you access to movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics, magazines, and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, TV or phone! Titles can be streamed immediately (no waitlists!), or downloaded to your phone or tablet for offline enjoyment. With thousands of titles to choose from, and more being added daily, hoopla is like having your public library at your fingertips. Anytime. Anywhere. All you need is your Pickering Public Library card to get started!

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iVox Books eBooks

iVOX Books is a new children's app based upon the popular read-along VOX books. Young readers can follow along with stories while interacting with animated characters and scenes. Download the app, select a book and tap the cover to bring your favourite stories to life.


Kanopy Movies and TV Streaming Library Card Required.

Watch over 26,000 films from Kanopy on your computer, tablet, phone or TV! See classic films from The Criterion Collection, learn about every subject imaginable from The Great Courses and PBS, or indulge in festival indies and world cinema from award-winning filmmakers. Kanopy makes it easy to find something great to stream: all you need is your Pickering Public Library card.

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Libby by OverDrive Audiobooks eBooks eComics Movies and TV Library Card Required.

A large collection of ebooks, audiobooks and videos with options for adults, teens and children. Easily access your next favourite book on your eReader, tablet or phone with Libby by OverDrive and your Pickering Public Library card. 

*The OverDrive app will be removed from all app stores at the end of April 2023. Libby will be the primary supported app for devices. You can find more information about making the switch to Libby on the OverDrive website here. Please note, Kobo devices should not be impacted by the sunsetting of the OverDrive app as they rely on a different OverDrive integration.*

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LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda Library) Library Card Required.

Learn at your own pace, anytime, with these popular video courses covering the latest in commercial software, creative and graphic arts, and business skills. Each course is hosted by an industry leader.

Please note: if you are logging in to the app for the first time, you will be prompted to enter the Library user ID.

User ID: pickeringlibrary

*Previously a Lynda Library user? As of March 31, 2022, any clients who have not yet logged in to LinkedIn Learning will not have their Lynda history migrated over.*

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MasterFILE Premier Databases Library Card Required.

Designed specifically for public libraries, this database provides full-text magazines, reference books and primary source documents. It also includes an extensive image collection containing photos, maps and flags.

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NoveList K-8 Plus Databases Library Card Required.

Created especially for children, NoveList K-8 Plus is the premier online database for reading recommendations, helping young readers find just the right book to read. This comprehensive source of popular and professional book information includes expert recommendations, reviews, articles, book lists and more.

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NoveList Plus Databases Library Card Required.

Created especially for people who love books, NoveList Plus is the premier online database for reading recommendations, helping readers of all ages find just the right book to read! This comprehensive source of popular and professional book information includes expert recommendations, reviews, articles, book lists and more.

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Primary Search Databases

Primary Search is a full-text database of carefully curated content for elementary school libraries. It includes full text for the most popular children's magazines, e-books, and easy-to-read encyclopedic entries written specifically for kids.

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Primary Search Reference eBook Collection Databases Library Card Required.

This eBook reference collection offers a rich selection of eBook titles covering a broad range of general reference subjects for primary school students. Topics include social studies, history, language arts, geography, culture, math, and science.

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Transparent Language Library Card Required.

Language learners can build vocabulary, practice skills, and maintain what they have learned with Transparent Language Online, available anytime, anywhere in 110+ languages, and on almost any device.

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