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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)
Auto Repair Source
Auto Repair Source provides the most accurate, authoritative and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles. All content comes from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labour estimates, service bulletins and recalls.


BrainFuse HelpNow
Brainfuse HelpNow is an all-in-one suite of on-demand, anytime, anywhere online learning and tutoring service for all ages and levels. Brainfuse HelpNow offers a comprehensive suite of online academic services designed to support many learning needs and styles.
The Brainfuse HelpNow service offers support for the Ontario Curriculum, from K-12, with tutoring service available every day from 2:00 pm – 11:00 pm.

JobNow provides access to live resume experts, interview coaches and job coaches as well as online resources to guide you through the necessary tasks to get a job, including interview tips, resume templates, and personality & career assessments.


Canadian Businesses Online
A Canadian searchable business directory that provides contact information for local businesses. An invaluable resource for job seekers investigating potential local employers. Entrepreneurs and small business owners will also find this resource useful for conducting market research.
Canadian Reference Centre
Search for Canadian facts, biographies, images, maps and flags. Full-text and peer-reviewed articles are available from Canadian and International sources. Great for projects!
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!
Creativebug is your go-to resource for high-quality, on-trend arts and crafts instructional videos. Get on-demand access to our full library 5,000+ art and craft classes for artists and makers of all levels. You’ll enjoy award-winning HD instructional videos on drawing, painting, sewing, knitting, crochet, quilting, baking and more. All classes are taught by experts, with new classes added daily.
The platform provides online access to thousands of educational programs and resources from CBC and Radio-Canada. Stream documentaries, television and radio programs (including News in Review), archival material and more! Categories include Arts, Business, Education, Health, History & Geography, Sciences and Social Sciences.


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!

Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia
Find general, up-to-date information on various topics. Search for images using the visual search option and limit your searches to full-text for the best results. You may also search within the text of articles to narrow your search to the most relevant information. Appropriate for all ages!

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.
Gale Health and Wellness
Gale Health and Wellness offers 24/7 access to full-text medical journals, magazines, reference works, multimedia, and much more. This comprehensive consumer health resource provides authoritative information on the full range of health-related issues, from current disease and disorder information to in-depth coverage of alternative medical practices.
Gale OneFile: Health & Medicine
Created specifically for students, knowledgeable consumer health researchers, and health care professionals, Gale OneFile: Health and Medicine is the perfect resource for up-to-date information on the complete range of health care topics. With more than 2,500 embargo-free, full-text periodicals, reference books, pamphlets, and hundreds of videos demonstrating medical procedures and live surgeries, Gale OneFile: Health and Medicine ensures that researchers get current, scholarly, comprehensive answers to health-related questions.


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. Family-friendly movies and TV series are available on their Kids site.

Cardholders can stream up to 10 films/month. The loan period is 3 days and the title will automatically expire after 72 hours. You will see a “play credit tracker” that will alert you of how many play credits you have remaining at the top right-hand side of the page once you have logged in.

You will also have access to 2 Kseries selections each month. A single series includes all of the videos in the series. Kseries videos are in addition to the 10 play credits you receive each month. In total, each month you can watch 10 films and 2 Kseries selections.

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

Masterfile Complete
Search for reliable, full-text and peer-reviewed information on a wide variety of topics with Masterfile Complete. Also provides access to useful charts, photographs, diagrams, graphs, illustrations and maps. Contains articles from Consumer Reports magazine from 1985-present.


National Geographic Kids
View and search full issues of National Geographic Kids online from 2009-present, and over 200 National Geographic Kids books. Explore topics like animals, the environment, history, peoples and cultures, places, and science and technology.
National Geographic Virtual Library
National Geographic Virtual Library provides full access to every issue of National Geographic magazine from 1888 to the present, as well as National Geographic Traveler magazine (2010-present). You can also read full-text versions of National Geographic books online, and view additional maps, images and videos.
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, Niagara this Week, 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.
Primary Search
Search through a wide assortment of magazines and newspapers for general information that is appropriate for older elementary school students.


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.


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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.