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Ancestry Library Edition
Search birth, marriage, death, immigration, military, census and voter records to find genealogical information about your ancestors!
(Note: Access to Ancestry is only available when onsite at the Library)



CBC Corner
Developed specifically for public libraries, CBC Corner is a digital portal that brings together the wide variety of CBC and Radio-Canada digital content and resources into a single experience. CBC Corner provides a unique, free digital collection including news, audio, video, kids content, a language learning app, and much more.

cloudLibrary eBooks and Audiobooks
Read or listen to books on your computer, phone or mobile device.
Consumer Reports
Contains reliable reviews, expert ratings and unbiased evaluations for a wide variety of consumer products including cars, appliances and electronics. Search for a specific make and model or browse complete issues of the print magazine from the last 5 years. Don’t make any major purchase without checking Consumer Reports first!


Explora Canada
Not sure where to begin searching? Explora Canada will search a comprehensive selection of our online resources (all EBSCO products) at once! You can also browse topics like Arts & Literature, Biographies, Business & Government, Current Events, Geography, Health, History and Science.
Explora Children's Library
Explora Children’s Library provides easy access to a comprehensive selection of online resources for children (all EBSCO children’s products). Search all of the resources at once, or browse for information on topics like Animals, Arts & Music, Biographies, Geography, Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies.

F provides free access to billions of genealogical records from all over the world. The St. Catharines Public Library is now a FamilySearch Affiliate Library, which provides users with an additional 350 million images.
(Note: the additional FamilySearch Affiliate images are only available from within the St. Catharines Public Library)

Flipster is a next-generation magazine service that allows you to download digital versions of the latest issues of popular magazines to your computer, tablet or mobile device. Available titles include HELLO!, Maclean’s, Newsweek, People, Rolling Stone, US Weekly, Wired and many more!

G offers a series of free practice tests, based on the most recent MTO Driver’s Handbook, and a G1 test simulator designed to help prepare you for your G1 exam. This resource also includes M1 practice tests. Find answers to frequently asked questions about applying for or renewing a driver's licence in Ontario, and more.


Historic Images of St. Catharines & Niagara
We are in the process of digitizing Historic Images of St. Catharines and Niagara.
A search will produce results from both the Local Names Index and the Historic Images of St. Catharines & Niagara database.
Hoopla Digital
hoopla provides 24/7 access to full music albums from major record companies! Listen to your favourite music at home, work, or on the go using hoopla – no holds, no waiting and no late fees!



Kanopy offers over 30,000 high-quality films and documentaries from art-house classics to world cinema from producers such as The Great Courses, PBS, the Criterion Channel, and many more, all available to play on your PC, phone, tablet and digital media player.

New: Each month, SCPL cardholders are given 30 tickets to spend on watching their favourite videos. The running time of a title impacts the number of tickets required to watch the video and the amount of time you have to watch the video. Titles may require up to 5 tickets.

For family-friendly movies and TV series, check out Kanopy Kids. Kanopy Kids does not require tickets.

Kanopy Kids
Stream a selection of educational and enriching videos on Kanopy Kids with developmentally appropriate, age-based ratings from Common Sense Media, as well as additional parental controls. Kanopy Kids categories include TV Series, Learning Languages, Animated Storybooks, Anime Favourites, Classic Films and Movies for the Whole Family.


LinkedIn Learning for Library (formerly
LinkedIn Learning for Library is an upgrade to the previous Lynda Library product, providing continued lifelong learning opportunities.

Library users will now have access to engaging content, with over 16,000 courses in 7 different languages. The login process only requires a library card number and PIN, without the need for a LinkedIn profile, and the interface is intuitive, updated and easy-to-use. Previous course history from is retained and, once a course is complete, users receive a certificate that can be added to a personal LinkedIn profile.

Local Names Index
This online index contains records for births, marriages, deaths, adoptions, anniversaries, birthdays, engagements, etc… Records available online from July 2005 – present. Older entries may be found in the Special Collections department on the second floor of the Central Library.


Maclean's Magazine Archive
Maclean’s Magazine Archive offers access to every story and every issue from 1905 to 2015. This searchable database contains indexing, abstracting and full text PDFs of this influential Canadian magazine. Current print issues are available in the Library's collection.

Also check out the Library's collection of Maclean's Print Issues.

Mango Languages
Learn a new language with Mango! This interactive, self-paced resource is designed to help you learn common conversational words and phrases in your language of choice. Great for vacationers and ESL students! Appropriate for all ages.

Download the Mango Languages app


Access current and historical news articles from over 240 Ontario newspapers, including the St. Catharines Standard from 1996 to the current issue. Other local publications include Brock Press, Fort Erie Post, Grimsby Lincoln News, Hamilton Spectator, NOTL Advance, NOTL Town Crier, Welland Tribune, Stoney Creek News and the Niagara Falls Review.
Discover exciting new authors and titles to read based upon your reading preferences! Search by author, title and series for great books for children, teens and adults. Contains read-a-like recommendations for fiction as well as a few non-fiction titles.
Novelist K-8
Find new picture books and chapter books to enjoy based upon your reading preferences


Power Search
Maximize your results by searching several of our databases at the same time!
PressReader provides full-colour, digital access to thousands of current newspapers from around the world. Canadian titles include the St. Catharines Standard, Globe and Mail, National Post and Toronto Star. Up to 90 days of back issues are available.
Note: The Globe & Mail has changed its access policy on the PressReader app. Effectively immediately library users may only access The Globe & Mail in the PressReader app while onsite at their library.


Salem Health
Search a diverse list of acclaimed medical texts including Magill’s Medical Guide and additional titles relating to cancer, complementary/alternative medicine, genetics, infectious diseases, psychology and mental health.
Salem History
Search the complete content of the following printed reference sets: The Decades (American history series), Great Events From History (global events), Great Lives From History (biographies) and Milestone Documents (primary source material).
Salem Literature
Access a combination of full-text online and print reference works with Salem Literature. Literary criticism and author biographical information is available. Also provides online access to the complete content from Critical Survey of Long Fiction and Critical Survey of Poetry, Magill's Literary Annual and Masterplots, Fourth Edition.
Salem Science
A large online database that contains the complete content of printed reference sets including information about the applied sciences, earth science, environmental issues, global warming, forensic science and astronomy.


TumbleBooksCloud Logo TeenBookCloud
TeenBookCloud is an online database of eBooks and educator resources perfect for your middle school, high school, or public library. We offer a robust selection of Graphic Novels, Enhanced Novels, eBooks, classic literature, National Geographic videos, educator resources, and audiobooks.
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The collections provide enrichment to K-6 students who are reading independently with a variety of high interest material. It also provides support to students who require skill building with a variety of exercises that can be matched with other areas of the curriculum.
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A collection of online books created by adding animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books from major children's book publishers and designed to develop a love of reading in children. The books can be read by parents to their children or read by a child. Games, quizzes and other activities are included to help develop reading skills. TumbleBookLibrary can be used in English, French and Spanish.