Digital library

The digital library's doors are always open. Here you can find and access ebooks, e-audiobooks, magazines, newspapers, resource guides and lots more. You can even learn a language or a new skill — all from your own living room. We are here to help, please call us at 604-998-3450 or email if you have a question.

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Digital learning lab

Our digital learning lab is called The Collaboratory! Here we offer hands-on robotics and coding workshops, digital art creation and open space gaming. Explore The Collaboratory.

Help with technology

Schedule a one-on-one appointment with library staff, or join a drop-in device clinic to get help with your computer or smartphone. Explore technology help and digital coaching

Digital resources by subject

Arts & crafts

Thousands of arts and crafts video classes, with activities for all ages, and new content added daily. Learn drawing, painting, sewing, knitting, crocheting, paper crafts, cake decorating, soap-making, jewelry making, canning and lots more.

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  • Requires City Library card with a barcode that starts with 23287.
  • Requires separate Creativebug account setup.
  • Download the app for Apple or Android, but make sure to set up an account on the website first!

Automotive

Auto Repair Source provides service and repair information for thousands of vehicles. All content comes from the original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and includes repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, and service bulletins and recalls.

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Database of automotive repair and service manuals from Mitchell1, which provides information about repairs, maintenance and more. Once you have arrived at the ProDemand home page click the Login button.

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  • This product is only available in the library.

Online practice and learning program for the written part of the British Columbia driving test. The practice tests are written using the latest version of ICBC’s Learn to Drive Smart Handbook. Please note that the practice questions do not necessarily reflect the nature or degree of difficulty of the questions found on the actual test. Correctly answering the practice test questions does not guarantee that you will pass the ICBC test.

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Provides current access to vehicle safety and inspection standards and related BC legislation from official sources. The product's statement of use is on its home page (above link). Read the statement, and then click 'Agree" to proceed to the database.

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  • in-library use only

Book recommendations

An online readers' advisory, which assists readers of fiction and nonfiction of all ages in finding their favourite books and authors. To learn how to use Novelist, click the tutorial button or read the Novelist Plus help page

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  • Available to City of North Vancouver residents
  • Log in with any library card registered with NVCL

Children

Thousands of arts and crafts video classes, with activities for all ages, and new content added daily. Learn drawing, painting, sewing, knitting, crocheting, paper crafts, cake decorating, soap-making, jewelry making, canning and lots more.

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Access information:
  • Requires City Library card with a barcode that starts with 23287.
  • Requires separate Creativebug account setup.
  • Download the app for Apple or Android, but make sure to set up an account on the website first!

Kanopy Kids provides unlimited access to streaming kids' movies, TV shows, and animated picture books for children ages 2 and up. It features a diverse selection of educational and entertaining content.

Please be aware that parents/legal guardians are responsible for their children's use of the Kanopy service.

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  • Licensed for City of North Vancouver residents only
  • Requires creating a Kanopy account with your email address
  • Users have unlimited streaming of Kanopy Kids. 
  • Get the app for your mobile device or for your TV streaming device

Improve your grades and learn faster and smarter with Solaro. Specifically designed for grade 3–12 students in BC, Solaro combines online tutorials in math, science and English with study guides, customizable flash cards and interactive practice questions. You can also track your progress as you go. For additional assistance, visit Solaro's Student Support page.

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  • Log in with any library card registered with NVCL

An online collection of animated, talking picture books for grades K–6 including picture books, read-along chapter books, National Geographic videos, non-fiction books, graphic novels, playlists, and books in Spanish and French.

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Consumer

Online access to the latest provincial codes. Click "Access BC Codes Online" and choose from the Building, Fire or Plumbing code books.

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Use for free from home or in the library.

This product provides buying advice, product ratings and reviews, recommendations and money-saving tips. Watch video reviews on items like appliances, cars, electronics, home and garden equipment, health care products and more. 

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  • Log in with any library card registered with City Library
  • Available for City of North Vancouver residents 

Ebooks & audiobooks

Libby (also called Library2Go) is our downloadable ebook, audiobook, and digital magazine service. Read/listen online, or get the Libby app and take them to go! Need help getting started? Check out OverDrive’s help pages.

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Access information:
  • Requires an NVCL card with a barcode that starts in 23287
  • Maximum of 7 items out at a time and 7 holds at a time
  • Download the app for your device at OverDrive's Device Help page
  • App available for Apple and Android

More than 50,000 ebooks and 30,000 hours of video on technology and business topics including computer programming and consumer technology. This resource also offers learning paths on technical subjects, case studies from top companies, expert playlists and more. 

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  • Available to City of North Vancouver residents
  • Log in with any library card registered with NVCL
  • Maximum 8 users at a time

An online collection of animated, talking picture books for grades K–6 including picture books, read-along chapter books, National Geographic videos, non-fiction books, graphic novels, playlists, and books in Spanish and French.

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Genealogy

The BC Historical Newspapers collection provides free access for anyone in BC or Yukon to the historical archives of British Columbia’s three major daily newspapers from the start of their publication up to 2010:

  • The Vancouver Sun (1912 to 2010)
  • The Times-Colonist (1884 to 2010)
  • The Province (1894 to 2010)

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Access information:
  • Use for free from home or in library for anyone in BC or Yukon

Government

Online access to the latest provincial codes. Click "Access BC Codes Online" and choose from the Building, Fire or Plumbing code books.

Access information:

Use for free from home or in the library.

Find every public act, and every regulation of general public interest, currently in force in BC, including new and recently amended laws that have yet to be published in official print formats. This current consolidation is an unofficial version of BC statutes and regulations. For support, see the BC Laws FAQ and glossary.

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The BC Statistics portal contains both a public site and a secure subscription-based site that is only available in the library. Provides statistics for a range of topics including demographics and employment.

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Available in library only.

Statistics Canada is the national statistical office. The agency ensures Canadians have the key information on Canada's economy, society and environment that they require to function effectively as citizens and decision makers.

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Job seeking

This online database lists jobs in BC by employer, job title, job description, industry, salary and qualifications. Online resume posting is also available. Records go back eight years.

Languages & ELL

Welcome to Mango Languages. Learn dozens of languages online, or via the app. Once you have logged in, create a profile to track your learning, or proceed in 'guest' mode. Learn how to use Mango Languages: click the tutorial button, or use the Mango Languages FAQs

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Access information:
  • Requires creating a Mango account with your email address
  • Get the app for Apple and Android.

A comprehensive online prep resource for IELTS test including practice exams and more than 100 hours of interactive activities like advice, hints and tips on question types. There are two types of IELTS tests: Academic, which is needed to apply for some universities or professional registrations, and General, which is required for certain kinds of immigration programs in Canada. Use Road to IELTS as a guest, or create a free ClarityEnglish account to track your progress on practice exams.

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Access information:
  • Log in with any library card registered with NVCL
  • Works best on desktop/laptop computers
  • Not compatible with the Internet Explorer browser
  • Access/functionality on mobile devices may be limited

Library help

Use this database to find a book that isn't in the City Library collection and request it via interlibrary loan.

Need help with using any of the library's digital collections, or other equipment/services? Niche Academy contains a collection of tutorials on library services and resources, including ebooks and audiobooks, the online catalogue, printing, Wi-Fi and more. No login required — start learning right away.

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Movies, TV & video

Kanopy is an on-demand video streaming service which provides access to over 20,000 documentaries, foreign films, classic cinema, independent films, educational videos, and more. Kanopy has an extensive selection of kids movies and TV shows. It also includes the Great Courses, a lecture series taught by award-winning experts and professors. Includes content in over 100 languages.

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Access information:
  • Licensed for City of North Vancouver residents only
  • Requires creating a Kanopy account with your email address
  • Users have access to 5 videos per month, 2 Great Courses per month, and unlimited streaming of Kanopy Kids. 
  • Get the app for your mobile device or for your TV streaming device

Newspapers & magazines

The BC Historical Newspapers collection provides free access for anyone in BC or Yukon to the historical archives of British Columbia’s three major daily newspapers from the start of their publication up to 2010:

  • The Vancouver Sun (1912 to 2010)
  • The Times-Colonist (1884 to 2010)
  • The Province (1894 to 2010)

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  • Use for free from home or in library for anyone in BC or Yukon

Libby (also called Library2Go) has a rich collection of digital magazines, including hundreds of popular titles such as Newsweek, Star Magazine, The Economist, and National geographic. Read online, or get the Libby app and take them to go! Check out OverDrive’s help pages to get started.

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  • Requires an NVCL card with a barcode that starts in 23287
  • All magazines are simultaneous use - no holds or wait lists
  • Checkout an unlimited number of magazines
  • 21-day checkout period
  • Download the app for your device at OverDrive's Device Help page
  • App available for Apple and Android

Access to the current and past articles from The New York Times, including the U.S., Canadian and International editions. Also includes access to the Archives from 1851-2002, with 5 pdf downloads per day allowed from the 1923-1980 date range (off-site access only). Read more about the NYT Archives. New York Times Crosswords and Cooking are not included in library access.

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  • Logging in with the "access" link above provides free access for 24 hours, after which you will need to log in again via the link above to reset your Library access token.
  • There is a daily limit on the number of users who can access the Library's New York Times subscription
  • Requires creating a New York Times account with your email address

Please note: app access is available, but you will need to log into this webpage first via the link above each day to renew your access token. We recommend reading on your browser instead of the app for this reason, but if you prefer the reading experience on the app you can switch to the Apple or Android app to read after you have logged in via the link above.

Access an endless stream of stories from top newspapers and popular magazines from around the world to read, discuss, and share. Newspapers like the Vancouver Sun, the Province, and National Post, available online, just as they were published. Magazines like Maclean'sChatelaine and Vanity Fair are also available just as they appear in print. Learn how to use PressReader: click the tutorial button above, or view the PressReader help center.

Please note: The Globe and Mail is only available on library computers, or when using the library's "Libair" Wi-Fi network. It is not available outside the library.

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Online learning

This iconic service offers professional-level video instruction to develop your business, creative, and technology skills. LinkedIn Learning offers 15,000 courses and learning paths on subjects including computer software, programming, audio and music production, photography, design, marketing, and 3D animation.

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Access information:
  • Free for City of North Vancouver residents
  • Requires an NVCL card (barcode 23287...)
  • 20 users at a time
  • App available for Apple and Android: use “northvancitylibrary” as the Library ID when logging in.

Welcome to Mango Languages. Learn dozens of languages online, or via the app. Once you have logged in, create a profile to track your learning, or proceed in 'guest' mode. Learn how to use Mango Languages: click the tutorial button, or use the Mango Languages FAQs

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Access information:
  • Requires creating a Mango account with your email address
  • Get the app for Apple and Android.

Need help with using any of the library's digital collections, or other equipment/services? Niche Academy contains a collection of tutorials on library services and resources, including ebooks and audiobooks, the online catalogue, printing, Wi-Fi and more. No login required — start learning right away.

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More than 50,000 ebooks and 30,000 hours of video on technology and business topics including computer programming and consumer technology. This resource also offers learning paths on technical subjects, case studies from top companies, expert playlists and more. 

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Access information:
  • Available to City of North Vancouver residents
  • Log in with any library card registered with NVCL
  • Maximum 8 users at a time

Points to the Past is a world-class collection of primary sources, made up of nearly 200 million pages of digitized historical content – maps, photos, newspapers, manuscripts, pamphlets, portraits, and much more. Researchers are free to explore a vast range of resources including Eighteenth Century and Nineteenth Century Collections Online, esteemed periodicals such as the Economist and the Financial Times, and digitized materials from the Smithsonian Institution.

Access information:
  • All British Columbians enjoy barrier-free access to this collection.

A comprehensive online prep resource for IELTS test including practice exams and more than 100 hours of interactive activities like advice, hints and tips on question types. There are two types of IELTS tests: Academic, which is needed to apply for some universities or professional registrations, and General, which is required for certain kinds of immigration programs in Canada. Use Road to IELTS as a guest, or create a free ClarityEnglish account to track your progress on practice exams.

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Access information:
  • Log in with any library card registered with NVCL
  • Works best on desktop/laptop computers
  • Not compatible with the Internet Explorer browser
  • Access/functionality on mobile devices may be limited

Improve your grades and learn faster and smarter with Solaro. Specifically designed for grade 3–12 students in BC, Solaro combines online tutorials in math, science and English with study guides, customizable flash cards and interactive practice questions. You can also track your progress as you go. For additional assistance, visit Solaro's Student Support page.

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Access information:
  • Log in with any library card registered with NVCL

The Great Courses series is a part of the Kanopy video streaming service. It features a large selection of lectures on a wide variety of topics. Lectures are presented by award-winning experts and professors from respected institutions.

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Access information:
  • Licensed for City of North Vancouver residents only
  • Requires creating a Kanopy account with your email address
  • Users have access to 2 Great Courses per month. 
  • Get the app for your mobile device or for your TV streaming device

Research

Designed to meet academic research needs, Academic Search Elite provides access to nearly 1,600 active full-text journals and magazines, and more than 1,300 full-text peer-reviewed journals.

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The BC Historical Newspapers collection provides free access for anyone in BC or Yukon to the historical archives of British Columbia’s three major daily newspapers from the start of their publication up to 2010:

  • The Vancouver Sun (1912 to 2010)
  • The Times-Colonist (1884 to 2010)
  • The Province (1894 to 2010)

Tutorial

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Access information:
  • Use for free from home or in library for anyone in BC or Yukon

Points to the Past is a world-class collection of primary sources, made up of nearly 200 million pages of digitized historical content – maps, photos, newspapers, manuscripts, pamphlets, portraits, and much more. Researchers are free to explore a vast range of resources including Eighteenth Century and Nineteenth Century Collections Online, esteemed periodicals such as the Economist and the Financial Times, and digitized materials from the Smithsonian Institution.

Access information:
  • All British Columbians enjoy barrier-free access to this collection.
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