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Databases & Subscriptions

Kitchener Public Library subscribes to a large number of databases, all free for your use. Some databases require a library card to log in; most do not require a library card if you are inside the library.

Academic OneFile

Extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects.

Ancestry

Contains census, birth, marriage & death records, directories, passenger lists, immigration records, maps and more.

Britannica Online

A fully-searchable encyclopedia divided into sections for children, teens, and adults. Use Britannica anywhere, at any time, on any device.

Business Plans Handbook

Includes actual plans from businesses in the manufacturing, retail and service industries as examples of how to approach, structure and compose business plans.

Canadian Encyclopedia

Information in French and English about Canada and the world, including timelines of Canadian and world events.

Canadian Newsstream

Full text of over 190 Canadian newspapers, including the Waterloo Region Record. Updated daily.

CBC Documentaries on Curio.ca

Watch CBC / Radio-Canada documentaries, special reports, and more on Curio.ca. Access is available in the library. Users outside the library must create an account. See the User Guide to learn how.

CBCA Complete

A diverse mix of publications on topics ranging from business to the arts, to industry news and current events in Canada.

Comics Plus

Read graphic novels and comic books on any web-connected computer, tablet or smart phone, using your library card.

Community Information Centre

Search for local community organizations and services in Waterloo Region.

Consumer Reports

A fully-searchable version of the popular Consumer Reports magazine, with expert ratings and recommendations on products and services.

Download Library

Download e-books and audiobooks, and stream movies, on your computer, tablet or mobile device.

Dragon Source – Chinese Magazines Online

A wide selection of popular Chinese-language magazines are available for online reading in this collection.

Encyclopédie Découverte (en français)

L'Encyclopédie Découverte offre des activités pratiques qui aideront les jeunes élèves à s'intéresser à la recherche.

Find My Past

Over 4 billion British, American, Australian, New Zealand, Irish and Canadian historical records, including birth, marriage and death indexes; census, land and survey records; education, work and military records; immigration, travel, and passenger lists, and more.

Freegal Music

Download or stream free music from popular artists and genres. You can download up to five songs per week, which are yours to keep!

Grant Connect

Formerly the Canadian Directory to Foundations and Corporations, this is Canada's largest bilingual fundraising database.

Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia

The fully-searchable, electronic version of the popular encyclopedia which spans the animal kingdom. Contains detailed information about species discovery, evolution, habitat, behavior, diet and much more.

Health and Wellness Resource Center

Health and wellness information from medical journals, general interest titles and other sources such as medical encyclopedias and pamphlets.

Health Reference Center

Health information for professionals, students and the general public including nursing, allied health and medical journals, magazines, pamphlets, and reference books.

Hoopla

Borrow free digital movies, television shows, music and audiobooks with your library card. You may borrow up to 4 items per month.

Literary Sources

A comprehensive literature database featuring criticism, reviews, biographies, analysis, commentary and overviews. Includes Contemporary Authors, Literature Criticism Online, and Literature Resource Center, as well as LitFinder and Scribner Writers.

Lynda.com

Learn technology, creative and business skills you can use today. You must create a profile to use Lynda.com. You will need your library card to create a profile.

Magill on Literature

Critical analyses and plot summaries of fiction, poetry and drama from around the world.

Merck Manuals

Information on medical topics, symptoms, drugs, procedures, news and more, for both consumers and health care professionals.

National Film Board

The National Film Board (NFB) produces and distributes Canadian films in English and French. The library has access to over 2,500 films through our CAMPUS subscription. CAMPUS titles can only be accessed from within the library.  All other NFB titles can be accessed both inside and outside the library.

NoveList Plus

Find your next great read using NoveList! Includes recommendations, reviews, book talks and more for fiction and non-fiction titles.

NoveList Plus K-8

Reviews, booklists, and recommended reads for fiction and non-fiction books to help K-8 students find their next great read.

Novels for Students

Overviews of novels, including discussions of plot, characters, themes and structure as well as the work's cultural and historical significance.

PCensus

Uses maps and demographics to allow users to compare, profile and define multiple market areas, evaluate locations and learn about customers.

Press Reader

Instant online access to a wide selection of newspapers from around the world in full-color, full-page format.

Reference Group

Look up Canadian business and industry profiles, company descriptions, executive directories, market research and more.

Road to IELTS

Designed to help people learning English with Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, Road to IELTS helps exam candidates with every aspect of test preparation.

Sesame Street eBooks

eBooks, audiobooks, animated books and interactive learning books for children, featuring the Sesame Street cast of characters.

Transparent Language Online

Grammar and speaking lessons for over 90 languages. You must create a profile to use Transparent Language. You will need your library card to create a profile.

Tumble Books

Online read-along books for children. Listen to a story, do a puzzle, play a game and much, much more!

Video Librarian Movie Reviews

Over 20,000 ratings, reviews and recommendations, including DVD special features, movie news, a new releases calendar, and more.

Virtual Reference Library

A collection of eBooks for all types of research, including encyclopedias, handbooks, and specialized reference resources.

Zinio Digital Magazines

Read your favorite magazines on your computer, tablet, or phone.