General Reference (Elementary)

Access Learning

Educational media and resources on demand. Over 35000 video clips, guides, programs, projects.

AV2 World Languages Library

AV2 World Languages helps young readers explore new languages. With the ability to easily switch between English, Arabic, French, German, Hindi, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese and Urdu, readers can experience the text in their own language, as well as any they want to learn.

Britannica School

General encyclopedia, atlas, dictionary and thesaurus covering a wide range of topics. Information is presented using text, audio, videos and images. Each article also contains links to explore more on the topic

Canadian Encyclopedia 

French/English. A comprehensive and authoritative general Canadian reference work. Also includes quizzes, games, multimedia, and links to other resources.

Canadian Reference Centre

Canadian Reference Centre combines Canadian magazines, newspapers, newswires and reference books to create the largest collection of regional full text content available to Canadian libraries. This database is updated on a daily basis.

Collins English Dictionary

An unparalleled resource for word lovers, word gamers, and word geeks everywhere, Collins online Unabridged English Dictionary draws on Collins extensive language databases and covers many literary and rare words useful for crossword solvers and setters as well as Scrabble players.

Curio gives teachers and students streaming access to the best in educational video and audio from CBC and Radio-Canada. You’ll find documentaries from television and radio, news reports and more.

Digital Archive Ontario

Current and historical content, curated by Toronto Public Library

DK Findout

This is a free visual encyclopaedia with videos, quizzes, activities, and teacher lesson planning tools. Subjects include: animals, nature, computer coding, Earth, English/Language, world history, the human body, math, art, music, art, literature, science, space, sports, transportation and more!


High-quality articles licensed from reputable publishers, recognized by library professionals and selected for use in a school environment.

Gale in Context: Elementary

Formerly Kids InfoBits, gradually lets elementary school children gain comfort with research by delivering age-appropriate, reliable, curriculum-related content covering a broad range of subjects taught in the classroom.

Gale in Context: Middle School

Provides engaging reference, periodical, and multimedia content support for grades 6 to 12 in language arts, social studies, and science.

Learn 360 – CVOD

Teachers, students, and parents can access more than 182,000 media resources including videos, interactives, printables, audio content, and maps and flags.

Canadian Culture, History and Sport

Learn about Canada’s culture, identity, history and sports, as well as funding opportunities available to Canadian artists, athletes and organizations.

Primary Search

Designed for elementary school libraries, Primary Search is a full-text database providing popular children’s magazines, easy-to-read encyclopedic entries and a vast image collection.

World Almanac for Kids

Provides a wealth of elementary-level content—including engaging illustrated articles, videos, interactives, Fun Facts, and more—in a colourful, kid-friendly format perfect for helping young children develop online research skills