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eResources Subject List

The Okanagan Regional Library subscribes to a variety of online resources. To use these eResources, you will need your library card barcode number and password.  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.


Click here for the alphabetical list of eResources.


Automotive Genealogy Learning
Books & Reading Grants Magazines, Newspapers, & Journals
Business Home Improvement Movies
Consumer Kids Travel
Encyclopedias Languages  
Environment Law  





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 library computers in Kelowna, Salmon Arm, and Vernon branches only.

 Auto Repair Reference Center

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


 Small Engine Repair Reference Center

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

 Vehicle Safety and Inspection Standards Online

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.
In Library Use 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 and a selection of Classic eBook titles. There are few wait lists and plenty of popular titles.
Need Help?App Available 

 ORL eBooks

ORL eBooks is the ORL’s own collection of downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks. The collection is growing, so keep checking for new titles. 
Need Help? | App Available 



 Business Plans Handbook

Business Plans Handbook (via the Gale Virtual Reference Library) is a collection of actual business plans written by entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses throughout North America.

 Canadian Business and Current Affairs

Search the Canadian Business and Current Affairs Index and find information on the currents events, business, education, and politics from a variety of magazines and newspapers, most of which have a Canadian focus. There are full-text articles available for over 300 publications. This database cross-searches Canadian Newsstand simultaneously.



 MasterFILE Premier

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



 Encyclopedia Britannica

The Encyclopedia 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

The Encyclopedia 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

The 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 and more




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.



     Ancestry: Library Edition

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.
In Library Use Only



 Grant Connect

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.
In Library Use 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. 



Encyclopedia Britannica for Kids

The Encyclopedia 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

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. 
Need Help? | App Available

TumbleBook Library for Kids

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. Sign in with your library card bardcode number.

TumbleBookCloud Junior

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.



Rosetta Stone

Learn a new language today!  With Rosetta Stone, you get 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 mobile app.

Learn more about Rosetta Stone and about using the app



 BC Codes

BC Codes includes the BC Building Code, Fire Code, and Plumbing Services. Describes minimum construction requirements for safe buildings in BC.
In Library Use Only

 BC Laws

BC Laws (formerly QP LegalEze) is a comprehensive source of current law in BC including complete Statutes and Regulations, Third Reading Bills, Orders in Council and more.




Lynda.com logo

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!

Learn more about getting started with Lynda.com


 Magazines, Newspapers & Journals:   

 Academic Search Elite

Academic Search Elite offers full text from more than 2,000 serials, with more than 1,500 peer- reviewed titles, in academic fields.

 Canadian Newsstand

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

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.


Press Reader 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 more about getting started with PressReader.

 Zinio for Libraries

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 more about Zinio for Libraries and about using the App


 InstantFlix Logo

InstantFlix (formerly called Indieflix) gives ORL customers unlimited access to over 7,000 film-festival hits, including the best of Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca, as well as 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 more about getting started with InstantFlix.




Global Road Warrior

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.