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AllData provides users with access to comprehensive automotive diagnostic and repair information for a wide range of vehicle makes and models, from 1966 to present. Information is taken directly from original equipment manufacturer service manuals.

Access:

In-library use only at Bob Prittie Metrotown and at McGill. Note: Remote access to AllData is currently available due to the pandemic. Please contact the library to get log-in info.

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Video storybooks, paired with non-fiction, on a variety of topics, for pre-kindergarten to grade three.

Access:

At home with your library card, or in the library.

Full text of the BC Fire Code, BC Building Code and BC Plumbing Services (Part 7 of the BC Building Code).

Access:

In the library and at home (no library card required).

Burnaby Matters is an historical index to Burnaby newspapers dating back to 1935 and Municipal Manager's Reports to Council dating back to 1964. It provides citations only. Please ask at the Metrotown second-floor information desk for access to these articles and documents. For a list of newspapers included in Burnaby Matters, see Burnaby Historical Newspapers [PDF].

Access:

In the library and at home (no library card required).

Full text of Gale's Business Plans Handbook (1993-2011). Includes sample business plans for manufacturing, retail and service industries in North America. This resource is made available by funding from the Sutherland Foundation and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

Access:

In the library and at home with your library card.

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Access the full text of nearly 300 national and regional Canadian newspapers, including The Globe and MailBurnaby Now, Burnaby News Leader, Vancouver Sun and Province. Includes the complete available electronic backfile for most newspapers, providing full access to the articles, columns, editorials and features. Some backfiles date as far back as the late 1970s and 1980s. Canadian Newsstream content is updated daily.

Access:

In the library and at home with your library card.

This comprehensive and interactive career guidance site provides information about career choices for people from 6th grade to adulthood. Career Cruising offers a "career matchmaker" skills assessment tool, occupational profiles, an extensive listing of post-secondary programs (including financial aid information), thousands of job listings and tips for all part of the job search process. Create a "My Plan" account to track your progress, save relevant information and build a personalized resume.

Access:

In the library or at home with your library card.

Full-text of more than 1,500 Chinese-language humanities journals and popular magazines from mainland China, in both traditional and simplified characters. The collection includes titles focused on current affairs, politics, financial management, literature and art, history and society, science education, family life, sports, health, fashion and leisure.

Access:

In the library and at home with your library card.

Full text of Consumer Reports magazine, from 1985 to the present. Consumer Reports is a non-profit organization that conducts rigorous, independent testing and research to review and rate products, including appliances, cars, electronics, household items and more. The magazine also features articles on health, public safety, marketplace economics and legal issues that affect consumers.

Access:

In the library and at home with your library card.

Full text of the Consumer Reports Buying Guide, from 1999 to present. Consumer Reports is a non-profit organization that conducts rigorous, independent testing and research to review and rate products. The Buying Guide includes the results of tests on products ranging from major purchases such as automobiles & appliances to everyday items such as food & cleaning products.

Access:

In the library and at home with your library card.

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Full text of thousands of Canadian and international journals and magazines, including business, medical, academic and popular titles. Includes the MasterFILE Premier, GreenFILE and NoveList databases, as well as Explora Canada, which offers high-quality articles, topic overviews and videos to support student research. 

Access:

In the library and at home with your library card.

French language encyclopedia similar in scope to Encyclopedia Britannica. Includes nearly 60,000 articles, 30,000 photos, videos, maps and diagrams, country profiles and an atlas. Visitors can listen to articles out loud, look up new words using the dictionary and save articles for future reference. 

Encyclopédie Universalis User Guide

Access:

In the library and at home with your library card.

Junior edition of French language encyclopedia, Encyclopedie Universalis, designed for children and teens. Includes over 5,000 articles on a wide array of topics such as history, geography, science and technology, including 1,800 bilingual articles available in both English and French. French-language students are challenged with progressively more complex vocabulary.

Encyclopédie Universalis Junior User Guide

Access:

In the library and at home with your library card.

G

GreenFILE is a research database covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling and more.

Access:

In the library and at home with your library card.

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Watch over 6,500 independent films from more than 50 countries, including dramas, comedies, documentaries, classic film and television, shorts, thrillers and more. There are no checkouts or holds to manage. Stream an unlimited number of films on your computer, tablet, smart phone, or web-enabled TV. Access IndieFlix through a browser first to sign up for an account before using the app.

IndieFlix app | IndieFlix help

Note: Due to distribution licensing, some content is unavailable for viewing within Canada.

Access:

In library and at home with your library card.

J

Online version of Job White Pages, a weekly magazine listing new job postings throughout the Lower Mainland. Includes an annual salary survey for BC jobs.

Access:

In-library use only.

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Kanopy is a video streaming service for quality, thoughtful entertainment. Find over 20,000 movies, documentaries, foreign films, classic cinema, independent films and educational videos that inspire, enrich and entertain. Content in over 100 languages is included. Kanopy can be enjoyed on your TV, mobile phone, tablet or online.

Each library member receives 10 checkouts (play credits) per month. This cap resets on the 1st of the following month. Kanopy Kids and the Great Courses require no play credits.

Kanopy app | Kanopy help

Access:

For Burnaby residents, in the library and at home with your library card.

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BPL's growing collection of fiction and non-fiction e-books and audiobooks, from OverDrive. Download titles to read or listen to on a home computer, e-reader or mobile device. This collection is available only to Burnaby residents. Find out which e-readers are library e-book friendly.

Borrow up to 10 titles and place up to 20 titles on hold.

Library to Go apps | Library to Go getting started guide | Library to Go help

Access:

For Burnaby residents, in the library and at home with your library card.

Learn software, creative, technology and business skills with Lynda.com training tutorials. Includes more than 8,000 video courses on software programs like Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Photoshop and Zoom, plus courses on career improvement, productivity, marketing and more. Lynda.com also includes tutorials on social media and web publishing tools like Facebook, Twitter and WordPress.

Lynda.com getting started guideLynda.com help

Access:

For Burnaby residents, in the library and at home with your library card.

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Interactive online language courses available from home and on your mobile device. Mango focuses on everyday, common conversations to enhance vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and cultural understanding. Choose from over 70 languages, plus English courses for speakers of more than 20 different languages.

Mango Languages app | Mango Languages getting started guide | Mango Languages help

Access:

In the library and at home with your library card.

MasterFILE Premier contains full text for nearly 1,700 periodicals in a broad range of disciplines, including general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and more. This database contains 100,000 primary source documents and an image collection of more than 500,000 photos, maps and flags. MasterFILE also includes a collection of over 500 reference e-books on history, geography, science, biography, psychology and more.

Access:

In the library and at home with your library card.

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Stream more than 200,000 tracks of jazz on your computer or mobile device, with thousands of CDs added every month. Over 20,000 CDs are available from over 250 labels, including contemporary, jazz, pop, rock, blues and instrumental music. 

Naxos Jazz app | Naxos Jazz help

Access:

In the library and at home with your library card. Limited to three concurrent users.

Stream more than 150,000 music CDs and 2,300,000 tracks on your computer or mobile device. The music is mostly classical, including orchestral, operatic, instrumental and choral music, with some jazz and world music. Thousands of new recordings are added each month.

Naxos Music Library app | Naxos Music Library help

Access:

In the library and at home with your library card. Limited to six concurrent users.

Streaming video library of classical music performances, opera, ballet, live concerts and documentaries. Watch the world's greatest opera houses, ballet companies, orchestras and artists perform on demand.

Naxos Video Library help

Access:

In the library and at home with your library card. Limited to three concurrent users.

Looking for your next book? Want to find more authors like your favorites? NoveList has all your reading answers. Find books that match your interests, read-alikes for your favorite titles and authors, book club guides or ready-made book lists on your favorite genres. NoveList helps you find books by genre, mood, subject or other criteria. It includes reviews and recommendations for all ages.

NoveList help

Access:

In the library and at home with your library card.

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O'Reilly for Public Libraries (previously Safari Books Online) offers resources for learning about business, technology, design, science, engineering, travel, hobbies, health and more. O'Reilly includes over 50,000 books from top publishers (including pre-release titles for the most up-to-date information), more than 30,000 hours of video content, case studies from top companies, learning paths and expert playlists.

O'Reilly for Public Libraries help

Access:

In the library and at home with your library card.

Authoritative definitions for more than 600,000 words. Traces the historical usage and meaning of terms, with more than 3 million quotations.

Access:

In the library and at home with your library card.

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Points to the Past provides access to primary source historical material, including maps, photos, newspapers, manuscripts, pamphlets, portraits, sermons and poems for research, teaching and learning. Includes titles from the Smithsonian, publications and archives of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, documents from the Slavery and Anti-Slavery Transnational Archive, treatises, state papers, declassified documents, British literary manuscripts and more.

Access:

In the library and at home (no library card required) within BC.

PressReader provides access to over 6,000 publications (newspapers and magazines), in over 60 languages from 100 countries. The platform can support unlimited, simultaneous users.

PressReader app | PressReader help

Note: The Globe and Mail changed its license with PressReader and is available in-library only as of August 2018.

Access:

In the library and at home with your library card. 

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A platform offering over 14,000 downloadable audiobooks, 185 classic e-books and over 3,200 magazines (including over 750 in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish). Download titles to a mobile device using the RBdigital app, or stream on your computer. Access RBdigital through a browser first to sign up for an account before using the app.

RBdigital app | RBdigital help

Access:

In the library and at home with your library card.

This continuously updated company directory allows you to access comprehensive information on 1.5 million Canadian businesses. Find contact information, owner's name, credit rating, sales volume, number of employees and more.

Access:

In the library and at home with your library card.

Road to IELTS is a comprehensive online preparation course developed by the British Council. The program includes more than 300 interactive activities with instant feedback, plus video tutorials and mock papers. Suitable for English language learners preparing for the IELTS Academic exam, or simply interested in practicing their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.

Access:

In the library and at home with your library card. Limited to three concurrent users.

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Update November 2020: This fall, Safari Books Online will be replaced with O'Reilly for Public Libraries, which offers the same resources (plus videos and case studies) in an updated interface.

Full text of thousands of computer, technical and business books from top publishers, including O'Reilly, Sams, Microsoft and more. Includes a selection of titles covering health and fitness, family, DIY projects and travel. 

Note: Safari Books Online will time out after a period of inactivity and users will sometimes be presented with a preview screen. To reconnect, see Problems with Safari Books Online.

Access:

In the library and at home with your library card. Limited to four concurrent users.

SimplyAnalytics is a web-based mapping, analytics and data visualization application that makes it easy for anyone to create interactive maps, charts and reports using 100,000+ data variables.

SimplyAnalytics getting started guide | SimplyAnalytics help

Note: Burnaby Public Library subscribes to the Canadian Standard subscription plus the Premium D&B Business add-on. BPL users have access to all the data on pages 5 to 173 of SimplyAnalytics' complete variable list.

Access:

In the library and at home with your library card. Limited to five concurrent users. SimplyAnalytics works best on a desktop or laptop computer.

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An online collection of streaming titles, including graphic novels, enhanced novels, ebooks and audiobooks, classics and National Geographic videos. Suitable for middle school and highschool aged readers and up. Formerly TumbleBookCloud. 

TeenBookCloud app

Access:

In the library and at home (no library card required).

Tense Buster courses are designed for English language learners at five levels, from beginner to advanced. Includes presentations, exercises, tests and tips to help students improve their reading, writing, listening, speaking, vocabulary and grammar skills. Students learn how to ask questions, make comparisons and report on what they've heard, in addition to learning how to describe past, present and future events.

Access:

In the library and at home with your library card. Limited to three concurrent users.

Read or listen to animated, talking picture books and play literacy games.

TumbleBook Library app

Access:

In the library and at home (no library card required).

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Full text of current vehicle safety and inspection standards and related BC legislation.

Access:

In-library use only.