By Subject

The Okanagan Regional Library subscribes to a variety of online resources. To use these eResources, you will need your library card barcode number and PIN code.  If you do not have a library card, learn how you can join the library.

If you need any assistance, contact staff at your closest library branch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Automotive

Alldata is a comprehensive database of car repair information for domestic and imported cars, light trucks, and vans from 1982 to the present. Includes maintenance schedules, illustrated diagnosis and repair procedures, and technical service bulletins.
Available for use on computers in Kelowna, Salmon Arm and Vernon Library Branches only.

Auto Repair Reference Center provides automotive diagnostic and repair information, including technical service bulletins & recalls for about 37,000 vehicles.

Small Engine Repair and Reference Center provides information on maintenance and tune-ups for ATVs, commercial mowers, farm tractors, generators, motorcycles, marine (boats), outdoor power equipment, personal watercraft/jet ski, snow blowers, snowmobiles, tillers and other small engines.

Vehicle Safety and Inspection Standards Online includes vehicle safety and inspection standards and related BC legislation from The Queen’s Printer, and the Ministry of Transportation. Includes official bulletins, and inspection manuals for commercial vehicles, motorcycles, semi-trailers and buses. 
Available for use on library computers only.

 

 

Books & Reading

NoveList has information on over 125,000 fiction titles. It includes reviews, annotations, author read-alikes, discussion guides and book talks. Great for Book Clubs. 

OneClickdigital. This digital book collection features thousands of eAudiobooks. There are few wait lists and plenty of popular titles.
Learn how to get started.

ORL eBooks is the ORL’s main collection of downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks. With hundreds of popular fiction and non-fiction titles to choose from, this collection will have something for everyone. You can enjoy best-selling novels, well-known classics, self-improvement guides, and much more.
Learn how to get started.

 

 

Business

Business Plans Handbook is a collection of actual business plans written by entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses throughout North America.

Canadian Business & Current Affairs Index. Explore this collection of magazines to find information on the currents events, business, education, and politics, Canadian focus. There are full-text articles available for over 300 publications. This database cross-searches Canadian Newsstand simultaneously.

 

 

Consumer Information

Access Consumer Reports through MasterFile Premier. Explore current and past articles of Consumer Reports, by selecting the year and issue.

 

 

Encyclopedias

Encyclopaedia Britannica provides articles on a complete range of subjects, an atlas and tools for country comparisons, biographies, and how-to documents for research and writing reports and more.

Encyclopaedia Britannica for Kids provides age-appropriate articles on a variety of subjects. Check out the Discover Britannica features like “Canada in Focus” and the interactive World Atlas.

Encyclopaedia Britannica for Young Adults provides articles written for students on a complete range of subjects, an atlas and tools for and tools for making statistical and informational comparisons across countries, biographies, and how-to documents for research and writing reports.

 

 

Environment

GreenFILE provides both scholarly and general interest information on a variety of topics concerning human impact on the environment, such as global warming, recycling and alternative energy sources.

 

 

Genealogy

Ancestry: Library Edition has more than one and a half billion names in over 4,000 databases. Birth, marriage, death, church, military, court, passenger lists and more, from Canada, U.S. and the U.K.
Available for use on library computers only.

 

 

Grants & Funding

Grant Connect is a useful resource for charities and non-profits seeking funding. Browse through thousands of funding organizations, including Canadian grant-making foundations, corporations and government agencies.
Available for use on library computers only.

 

 

Home Improvement

Home Improvement Reference Center features a variety of full text articles from home improvement magazines and reference books, as well as how-to videos, for subjects covering such areas as remodelling, and plumbing, woodworking and more.

 

 

Kids

Encyclopaedia Britannica for Kids provides age-appropriate articles on a variety of subjects. Check out the Discover Britannica features like “Canada in Focus” and the interactive World Atlas.

ORL eBooks for Kids. This eReading Room showcases only the digital children’s books from the ORL eBooks collection, making it easier for kids to find just what they want! The steps for borrowing, downloading and enjoying books are the same as for the ORL eBooks collection. 

TumbleBook Library for Kids. TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books. The collection has fiction and non-fiction titles in English, as well as titles in French and Spanish. It also includes puzzles and games.

TumbleBookCloud Junior features Read-Along books and graphic novels, which contain narration and sentence highlighting, as well as eBooks, eAudiobooks and short educational videos, for elementary school-aged readers.

TumbleBookCloud includes digital chapter books and graphic novels with sentence highlighting and narration, as well as eAudiobooks, for middle and high school-aged readers.

 

 

Languages

Rosetta Stone gives you fifty hours of instruction for each of the thirty languages offered. Learn Spanish, German, Korean, Arabic, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese and more. You can enjoy Rosetta Stone on your computer, or you can learn on your smartphone or tablet using the Rosetta Stone App. Learn a new language today!
Learn how to get started.

 

 

Law

BC Codes includes the BC Building Code, Fire Code, and Plumbing Services. Describes minimum construction requirements for safe buildings in BC. 
Available for use on library computers only.

BC Laws source of current law in BC including complete Statutes and Regulations, Third Reading Bills, Orders in Council and more.

 

 

Learning

Lynda.com is your source for online learning. ORL members have access to thousands of video tutorials covering topics such as business, project management, popular software, and much more. Courses are taught by industry experts. Learn something new today!

Note: The Internet Explorer browser is not working well with Lynda at this time. Please use an alternate browser, such as Chrome or Firefox to access Lynda.

Learn how to get started.

 

 

Magazines, Newspapers, & Journals

Academic Search Elite provides articles from more than 2,000 publications from various academic fields, many of which are peer-reviewed. You can find and read articles from such journals as Canadian Journal of Archaeology, History Today, Shakespeare Studies, and more.

Canadian Newsstand. Search our online collection of Canadian newspapers. Includes the Globe and Mail, the Province, the National Post and many more. You can also find your local community newspapers from across the Okanagan region. This database cross-searches the Canadian Business & Current Affairs Index simultaneously

MasterFILE Premier simultaneously searches databases of full text articles and abstracts from over 2,000 popular and scholarly magazines. Ideal for general, academic, business, health and consumer research (including Consumer Reports).

PressReader is an online collection of over 4,000 newspaper and magazine publications from around the world! Get same day access as the newsstands from the comfort of home. Read newspapers and magazines in print-like layout, or read in SmartFlow format, which is optimized for your screen. Great publications include Wall Street JournalThe GuardianLe MondeVancouver Sun and so many more.
Learn how to get started.

Zinio for Libraries offers ORL customers access to hundreds of popular magazines ranging from sports, science, fashion and entertainment. You can read these magazines online in the browser or download them for off-line reading on the Zinio for Libraries App.
Learn how to get started.

 

 

Movies

InstantFlix gives ORL customers unlimited access to over 6,000 film-festival hits, including the best of Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca, as well as and shorts and documentaries from around the world. There is no software or apps to download! The movies play directly on your browser through the internet.
Learn how to get started

 

 

Travel

Global Road Warrior is packed with colour photos, over 1000 country maps and information on culture, customs and travel essentials for 175 countries and nations. It is great for customers preparing to travel abroad for business or recreation or for students researching country information.

 

 

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