Online Articles & Research

Use our electronic collections of newspapers, magazines, journals, encyclopedias, eBooks, audiobooks, research reports, images and multimedia to research any topic. To gain access to these resources, you'll need your Oakville Public Library card (14 digit barcode with no spaces) and PIN (usually the last four digits of your phone number)..

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Academic OneFileCanadian Content icon

Millions of peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources with extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects. Updated daily.

Ancestry Library EditionCanadian Content icon

A fabulous resource for anyone doing genealogical or historical research. ALE offers 200+ billion images in 7,000 unique databases from North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, and other international collections that continue to grow. Records include census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more with some information dating back to the early 13th century. Access to this resource has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry.


An online collection of over 1000 streaming audiobooks. Aimed at students from kindergarten to high school, the collection includes full-length unabridged classics, fiction and non-fiction books as well as children's and teen titles.


Bibliothèque de Référence VirtuelleCanadian Content iconopen access icon

La Bibliothèque de référence virtuelle est une source d'information thématique et fiable particulièrement axée sur les contenus canadien et ontarien.

Books & Authors

Recommended titles and plot summaries to help you find that next great book.


Canadian Business OnlineCanadian Content icon

Downloadable directory information on more than 1.5 million Canadian businesses, primarily in the wholesale, retail and manufacturing sectors. Great for market research and sales prospecting.

Canadian Encyclopedia OnlineCanadian Content iconopen access icon

Complete text and multimedia of the Canadian Encyclopedia courtesy of Historica. Also includes the Youth Encyclopedia of Canada and the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada.

Canadian Periodical Index QuarterlyCanadian Content icon

Many full-text Canadian magazines and newspapers, including selected articles from the Globe & Mail

Canadiana Discovery PortalCanadian Content iconopen access icon

More than 60 million pages of centuries of Canadian history from 30 different library, museum and archive collections.


Browse a growing collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks for adults, teens, and kids from cloudLibrary for listening or reading on your computer, smartphone, or tablet. Read and listen through the mobile or desktop app. Click here to learn more.

Consumer Reports

Free access to Consumer Reports' ratings, recommendations, recalls, safety alerts, user reviews and blogs on thousands of products and services in categories including appliances, cars, electronics and computers, home and garden, health and fitness, babies and kids, food, personal finance and more.


Creativebug provides access to thousands of arts and crafts classes along with downloadable patterns, recipes, and templates. Classes never expire so you can start and stop whenever you want and work at your own pace.


Dear Reader (Online Book Club)

Sign up for any one of the 11 available online book clubs and begin receiving daily excerpts from a different book each week. This service has been made possible with the help of the Sprott Foundation.

Dictionary of Canadian Biography OnlineCanadian Content iconopen access icon

Historical information on Canada's inhabitants and their culture courtesy of Library and Archives Canada. Biographical information is provided for persons who died between the years 1000 and 1930 or whose last known date of activity falls within these years.

Digital Archive OntarioCanadian Content iconopen access icon

Developed and managed with resources from the Toronto Public Library, Digital Archive Ontario provides free access to digital material of historical importance to Ontario and Canada. It is a unique and vast digital collection of high quality images including Ontario maps, fire insurance plans and views of towns and cities over time, culled from the Library's collection and dating back to the 1880s.


Educators 200

Covers the latest technologies, developments, instruction and coaching breakthroughs for educating future teachers and administrators.

Encyclopedia Britannica

Online version of the complete encyclopedia, including video clips.

Encyclopedia Britannica - Universalis Junior French Encyclopedia Online

French language encyclopedia for native French speakers, bilingual students, or anyone learning French.

Encyclopedia Britannica – Kids

Provides separate search capabilities for elementary and middle school students and includes interactive exercises and activities, as well as links to magazine articles and clips.


FamilySearch.orgopen access icon

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy community in the world and provides free access to records containing over four billion names from across the globe. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints works with a multitude of partners to fulfill their mission to “help people connect with their ancestors through easy access to historical records." Affiliate Library access is available via the computer in the Oakville Room at Central Branch.


Access current issues of digital magazines on your tablet, phone, or computer. Read your magazines offline using the Flipster app

Frontier Life

Frontier Life is a digital collection of primary sources including material from the Hudson Bay Archives and the Glenbow Archives. It is designed to enrich teaching and research, examining settlement, existence and interactions at the edge of the Anglophone world from 1650-1920.

G Free G1 Practice TestsCanadian Content iconopen access icon is designed for Ontario learner drivers to help you pass your G1 test. The site provides free practice tests that simulate the official G1 test in terms of question structure and grading standards. The tests provide detailed question-level feedback and unique ‘hints’. This is a privately owned website that is not owned by or affiliated with DriveTest or any other government agency.

Gale eBooks

Downloadable reference eBooks and encyclopedias available 24/7 on a vast array of topics including biographies, business, history, medicine, science and social science.

GCFLearnFreeopen access icon provides free online tutorials suitable for learners of all abilities. These tutorials can be used to learn computer basics, brush up on Microsoft Office skills, become a savvy internet/social media user, and gain new career skills.

Google Arts & Cultureopen access icon

Google Arts & Culture features content from over 1000 leading museums and archives who have partnered with the Google Cultural Institute to bring the world's treasures online.

Government of Canada PublicationsCanadian Content iconopen access icon

An extensive variety of Government of Canada and Statistics Canada publications are indexed on this site. Over 70,000 full-text electronic documents are freely accessible, with 500+ new titles added monthly.


Halton Community Services DatabaseCanadian Content iconopen access icon

Search for local community services by subject, keyword or organization name.

Halton Health Information Centre OnlineCanadian Content iconopen access icon

The Halton Health Information Centre Online is a complement to the service that the new patient and family Health Information Centre (HIC) offers at the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. The HIC offers a trusted alternative to ‘Dr. Google’, supporting those seeking information about their health, their healthcare pathway, or the health of a loved one. They even have an Ask a Librarian program if you are looking for detailed medical information!

Halton Historical and Newspaper RecordsCanadian Content iconopen access icon

You can search all online Oakville/Halton databases at once! This service takes you to over 500,000 records for Halton region. Included are: Births, Marriages and Deaths, Census, Cemetery, Land Records, Surrogate Court Records, Military Records, Business Directories, Photographs, Newspaper Articles, Books, Documents and Maps. The information is drawn from over 20 local databases.

Hoopla Digital

Hoopla is a digital media service that offers instant streaming and downloadable television shows, movies, audiobooks, and music. Cardholders may borrow 5 items per month.



Enjoy thousands of streaming documentary, international, independent, and educational films from producers such as The Great Courses, PBS, the Criterion Channel, and many more.

Khan Academyopen access icon

Practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard are available to help students learn math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more.


LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning is an online learning platform featuring thousands of online courses taught by industry experts. With over 7,000 courses available to OPL cardholders, the opportunities for upgrading skills are endless. Courses include 3D printing, business, photography, coding, Microsoft Excel and many more. Also accessible through the LinkedIn Learning app (library ID is opl).

Little Pim

An online language learning system for ages 0-6. While aimed at children, older kids and anyone new to one of the available languages could benefit from this resource.


Mango Languages

Learn languages online with Mango's visual and auditory learning. As an individualized language learning service, Mango Languages is designed to teach practical conversation and simulate the way people learn when immersed in a foreign culture. Each lesson covers vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and culture and Mango can track your progress. Mango can also be used to learn English as a second language. This resource may also be accessed using the Mango Languages Library Edition app.

MedlinePlusopen access icon

Information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues.


Naxos Music LibraryCanadian Content icon

Streaming access from any computer, anytime, anywhere for more than 79,000 discs and 1 million tracks of classical, jazz, blues, relaxation, world and contemporary music, as well as spoken word and folk tales, with more than 1,000 CDs added each month. This resource may also be accessed using the Naxos Music Library app.

Novelist K8 PlusCanadian Content icon

Children can search by author, title, series name or plot/subject to find their next new fiction title.

Novelist PlusCanadian Content icon

Comprehensive resource for those seeking new fiction titles. provides access to the news articles from the New York Times newspaper on any computer, smartphone, or tablet with an internet connection. is offered in English, Spanish, and Chinese. *Note: when you open this link, you will be directed to redeem a code. Once you redeem a code and create a NYTimes account, you will have access for 72 hours. Once those 72 hours have elapsed, simply click on the link to redeem a new code. Please do not use Internet Explorer to access this database.


Oakville Beaver and other Oakville NewspapersCanadian Content iconopen access icon

Browse or search local newspapers, including the Oakville Beaver, Daily Journal Record and many others.

Oakville Business DirectoryCanadian Content iconopen access icon

An online business directory hosted by the Town of Oakville and other surrounding communities detailing company name, address, contact information, industry classification and number of employees.

Oakville EventsCanadian Content iconopen access icon

Oakville events listings presented in 1-week-at-a-glance calendar views.

Oakville ImagesCanadian Content iconopen access icon

Oakville Images is a database of photographs and other resources made available by the Oakville Public Library and a variety of its heritage partners.



PressReader provides online access to 7,000+ full text, full colour issues of magazines and newspapers covering over 120 countries and 60 languages.


Road to IELTS Academic

Road to IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is a comprehensive 100% online preparation course designed by British Council IELTS experts. Covers Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. Practice with over 300 interactive activities, 17 tutorial videos and Instant feedback in exercises.

Road to IELTS General Training

Road to IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is a comprehensive 100% online preparation course designed by British Council IELTS experts. Covers Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. Practice with over 300 interactive activities, 17 tutorial videos and Instant feedback in exercises.


Scitableopen access icon

Serving students and the general public interested in science, Scitable is a free online teaching and learning portal from the publishers of the journal “Nature”. Scitable offers a diverse collection of basic and applied science articles for the general public, science eBooks, topic based forums and opportunities for students of all ages to network in a collaborative environment online.


TechBoomersopen access icon is a free educational website that teaches older adults and others with limited computer skills how to use popular and trusted websites like Facebook, Netflix, Groupon, Airbnb, and many more!

TeenBookCloudCanadian Content icon

An online collection of over 600 titles for middle school and high school students. This collection contains Young Adult/Teen novels, classics, poetry, short stories, Young Adult/Teen audiobooks , graphic novels, and educational videos from National Geographic.

The TumbleBook LibraryCanadian Content icon

Interactive eBooks for children; follow along as your favourite book comes to life with graphics and sound in English, French, and Spanish. If you have an iPad, look for the “iPad Books” link found in Story Books, Read-Alongs and Non-Fiction Books.

Travel Guide eBooks

144 downloadable current travel eBooks from DK Eyewitness Travel available 24/7. Individual chapters may be downloaded as a PDF file for use on your computer, eReader or mobile device.

TumbleBookCloud JuniorCanadian Content icon

An online collection for young readers of over 600 titles and reading levels from grades 3-8. This collection contains early reader chapter books, children's classics, graphic novels, children's audiobooks and National Geographic videos, many of which are paired with eBooks.

TVO Kids GamesCanadian Content iconopen access icon

TVO Kids provides educational content that helps children develop the skills they need to be successful in school and in life.


Your Legal RightsCanadian Content iconopen access icon

A free website put together by the Law Foundation of Ontario, CLEO's Your Legal Rights has service listings, common questions, a resource library, and news and events related to Ontario law.