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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.
Extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects.
Contains census, birth, marriage & death records, directories, passenger lists, immigration records, maps and more.
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.
Information in French and English about Canada and the world, including timelines of Canadian and world events.
Full text of 41 newspapers published by Torstar Media Group, 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.
A diverse mix of publications on topics ranging from business to the arts, to industry news and current events in Canada.
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.
A fully-searchable version of the popular Consumer Reports magazine, with expert ratings and recommendations on products and services.
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.
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.
Download or stream free music from popular artists and genres. You can download up to five songs per week, which are yours to keep!
Formerly the Canadian Directory to Foundations and Corporations, this is Canada's largest bilingual fundraising database.
Grolier Online Encyclopedia
Encyclopedia articles, maps and current event information. Includes the New Book of Popular Science, Lands and Peoples, La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre, and more.
Grolier Online Kids
Information from encyclopedia articles, magazines and websites for kids.
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.
Borrow free digital movies, television shows, music and audiobooks with your library card. You may borrow up to 6 items per month.
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.
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.
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) of Canada produces and distributes Canadian films including documentary, animation, and alternative drama in English and French. The library has access to over 2,500 NFB films through our CAMPUS subscription.
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.
Uses maps and demographics to allow users to compare, profile and define multiple market areas, evaluate locations and learn about customers. Available by request at Central Library.
Instant online access to a wide selection of newspapers from around the world in full-color, full-page format.
Look up Canadian business and industry profiles, company descriptions, executive directories, market research and more.
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. Get the app: To get the app, click "Go Mobile" at the top of the Transparent Language screen.
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.