Online Resources

Brock Libraries subscribe or have free access to several electronic databases/portals covering a wide variety of subjects.

Your Brock Libraries card is required to access most of these online resources outside of a library branch i.e. from home. Direct access is available at each library branch. Once logged in with your library card, some resources ask you to create an account in order to keep track of your progress.

*** NEW *** Residents can now sign up for an online access card only. Go to the online access card registration page and fill in the necessary information. The library will email you your library card number and PIN within 1-4 business days. Online access cards are valid for 6 months.

The following eresources are listed below alphabetically:

Ancestry Library Edition

Whether professional or hobbyist, expert or novice, genealogist, or historian - inside the more than 8,000 available databases, here, you can unlock the story of your with sources like census records, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps and more.

** Access is only available within our facilities.


CBC Corner (English)

Discover the best Canadian shows, stories & more. This one-of-a-kind digital portal allows you to access a wide variety of content including trusted news, local stories, entertaining TV and radio shows, award-winning podcasts, educational kids content, innovative podcasts, a free English and French language learning app, news in  foreign languages and much more!


CBC Corner (French) / L'espace Radio-Canada

Découvrez les meilleurs contenus d'ici et bien plus. Ce portail numérique unique en son genre vous donne accès à une vaste gamme de contenus : information digne de confiance, reportages locaux, émissions de télévision et de radio divertissantes, balados primés, contenus éducatifs pour les enfants, derniers résultats sportifs, application d’apprentissage linguistique gratuite pour améliorer son français ou son anglais, articles de nouvelles en langues étrangères et bien plus encore!


The Canadian Encylopedia

The Canadian Encyclopedia is the national encyclopedia of Canada, published online by the Toronto-based historical organization Historica Canada, with the support of Canadian Heritage. It includes more than 19,500 articles in both languages on numerous subjects including history, popular culture, events, people, places, politics, arts, First Nations, sports and science. The website also provides access to the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada, the Canadian Encyclopedia Junior EditionMaclean's magazine articles, and Timelines of Canadian History.


Frontier Life : Borderlands, Settlement & Colonial Encounters

This online collection captures the lives of people living on the edge of European settlement across the various frontiers of North America, Australia, and New Zealand. Through a huge array of digitized primary source materials it documents the creation of new states, trade networks, and movements of people in these regions alongside the marginalization and decline of Indigenous peoples. Material ranges across four centuries, from the seventeenth to the early twentieth century.
This online resource provides G1 practice tests for anyone that is preparing for the written portion of their G1 driving exam.
NOTE: This is NOT an official G1 test website, please visit for more information about licenses and driving tests.


Kanopy is a streaming service of thoughtful, educational movies and television series for adults and kids.

Visit our Kanopy Information page for more information.


Browse, search and discover. There are thousands of ebooks and audiobooks available for reading free from your library.

On portable, smart devices use the new reading app built by OverDrive called Libby. A fresh and easy way to borrow digital books and audiobooks for free from your library. Install the Libby app from the App Store or Google Play on your Android, iOS, or Windows 10+ device, or use it in your web browser at


Lingo Lite

LingoLITE helps users learn basic words and phrases in 30 languages. It is a vocabulary builder and contains thousands of native speaker video clips in languages including Spanish, French, Italian, German, Chinese, Japanese, Chinese, Farsi, Hindi, German, Swahili, Thai, and 18 others. The LingoLITE system helps users learn vocabulary up to four times faster than any other method.

LingoLITE was designed anyone who wants to learn basic terms and phrases in a new language. The resource has glossaries for greetings, introductions, food, transportation, relations, numbers, and more.


LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning is an award-winning industry leader in online training, with a digital library of over 6,000 courses covering a wide range of technical, business, software and creative topics. Sign in with your library card and PIN to take advantage of these incredible courses.

Our Digital World

Our Digital World(ODW) is creating sustainable digital collections through sharing and open access to collections that shape our communities.

The portal is a unique and needed service in Ontario and Canada: a one-stop search portal for multiple heritage organizations’ collections.

ODW also has the largest collection of Ontario Community Newspapers online, from 1810 to present day.

Partnering with the Legislative Library of Ontario in 2007, the Government Documents portal brings together over 120,000 records with downloadable PDFs (representing over 2 million pages) with full-text search, as well as other options for public access. 





PebbleGo, the award winning K-3 database for reading and research provided by EduReg and Capstone Publishing, features four distinct databases for Kindergarten to Grade 3 students:

PebbleGo Animals

PebbleGo Health

PebbleGo Science

PebbleGo Social Studies * coming soon in 2024

Theses databases have built-in reading and research tools, and are expertly leveled for emerging readers. there are audio prompts to support navigation, and all articles include narrated text and highlighting.

World Politics Review

World Politics Review(WPR) is a leading online publication known for its comprehensive coverage of global affairs, politics, and international relations. It is a trusted information source that doesn't just report world news but explains it.