Latest News

HCDSB now has eBooks through Overdrive!

HCDSB is excited to announce that we now have access to a number of eBooks through Overdrive! If you are learning virtually, can’t get to your school library, or if you just like to read your books electronically, you can check out up to 3 eBooks at a time and put up to 3 eBooks on hold to read when they are available. From popular series like Dog Man by Dav Pilkey, Young Adult books like Refugee by Alan Gratz, to picture books like Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherrythere is much to choose from! With features including book descriptions, reviews, reading levels and font customization, it’s easy to find the right eBook for you. 

You can access Overdrive eBooks through the Library Services website: 

  • Under Information Databases, select Elementary Resources 
  • Under Language find and select Sora Reading App Overdrive 


  • Under Information Databases, select Secondary Resources 
  • Under English find and select Sora Reading App Overdrive 

Your barcode/username is your staff ID or student number (not OEN). 

You can also access Overdrive eBooks through your school’s OPAC: 

  • Select Search HCDSB Libraries tab 
  • Choose your school 
  • Click on “login” button and enter your HCDSB email and password 
  • Click on the icon under Sora through Overdrive

Your barcode/username is your staff ID or student number (not OEN). 

If you have any other questions or concerns, contact your Librarian or Library Technician, or email us at

Happy reading! 

read more

Virtual Tours

You don’t need to leave the comfort of home or school to experience an educational adventure!  

Do you enjoy learning about different animals such as jelly fish, penguins or otters? Are you interested in what aquarium or zoo animals are up to when nobody’s around? Check out the live cams at Vancouver Aquarium here: 

How about checking in on Bubo, the great horned owl that was rescued by Saskatchewan Science Centre? You can watch Bubo’s live feed and learn more about these incredible birds here:  

You can even go on virtual hikes all over Canada! Nature Conservatory of Canada has used Google Trekker, “a backpack-mounted, 360-degree camera that uses the same technology as Google Street View”, to give us the closest thing to experiencing this beautiful scenery in person. Explore it all here:  

Bon Voyage! 

read more

Ordering from the Learning Resource Centre

Our library catalogue is now open! Our first shipment of LRC resources is currently planned for September 24, 2020. For now, feel free to browse and check out all of the wonderful things we have to support classroom learning.

In order to book items from the LRC for delivery to your school, please go to our Library Services website

Click on Staff Resources

Under Staff Resources, click on the LRC icon (like the one in this post) to view a video on how to book an item at the LRC. Click on the link (on the word here) to access the LRC catalogue.

In order to book items, you need to be logged in with your HCDSB log in credentials. Click on the Login button (if you are using a Board computer, you will have already entered your credentials and it should automatically log you in when you click on the button. If you are offsite, it should prompt you to log in with your credentials)

Once you have logged in, you will be able to search for the items you would like to book. Do a keyword search for example “LEGO” 

Click Book item from the list on the right side of the screen.

Select a date with a red number under the date (delivery will occur on Thursdays only until further notice). Loan periods will automatically fill in depending on the type of item.

Choose the site you would like the item delivered to from the drop down menu, make sure delivery is chosen and click Book item(s)

You should get a confirmation email regarding your booking.
If you have any other questions or concerns, please email us at

read more

Year in Review

Boy have we been busy! Over the summer, we will continue to be busy – looking for new titles, expanding our robotics programming, cleaning up our databases and just getting ready for school to start again.

read more

Summer Reading Activities

It’s the last week of school and summer is finally here! Studies show that kids who keep reading all summer do better when they return to school in the fall. Keep it cool by reading on those hot summer days. Library Services has put together this great list of fun reading activities. Can you do all 50 by September?

read more

National Indigenous History Month

Every June, Canadians celebrate National Indigenous History Month, an opportunity to honour the heritage, contributions and cultures of First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities across Canada. To celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day, HCDSB has collaborated with other school boards across Ontario to celebrate and learn more about the cultural diversity of the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. This virtual live event, open to teachers and students, will take place on June 19th from 1-4pm and will stream on the HCDSB You Tube Channel. It will feature a variety of Elders, Knowledge Holders, Drummers, Singers, Dancers with special appearances from Susan Aglukark, author Jesse Thistle & David Robertson. To continue this celebration throughout the year, please visit the LRC for a wide variety of wonderful titles and Indigenous Education Resources available online.

read more