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Navigate the network of available human services and programs in your community, such as income support, newcomer support, homelessness, mental health and addictions, employment training, family services, and health care, quickly and easily.

Gale Academic OneFile provides access to millions of articles from thousands of journals. Most of the journal articles are peer reviewed.

Browse the latest content of definitive McGraw-Hill reference titles such as Encyclopedia of Science & Technology and the Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms, as well as full-text articles, biographies, and more. Ideal for STEM students!

Agriculture Collection provides a comprehensive view of agriculture and related fields. The database provides access to current and authoritative content that spans the industry -- from practical aspects of farming to cutting edge scientific research in horticulture.

Alt Healthwatch is a full-text alternative health research database focused on complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness. It offers the latest information about the evolving practice of holistic medicine and therapies.

This resource includes over 8 billion searchable names from hundreds of reliable sources.
New! For the first time ever, Ancestry Library Edition is now available remotely, to use from home. Researching your family tree is a fun project to do while you shelter-in-place!

The world's largest resource for global food, culture, and recipes lets you travel the world from the comfort of your own kitchen. With thousands of international recipes, hundreds of fascinating culture and ingredient articles, and essential culinary resources, AtoZ World Food brings international cuisines to you, from Albanian byrek to Zimbabwean matemba!

New! Available through August 31, 2020, APL is now offering AudioBookCloud, a collection of audiobooks for kids, teens and adults. Always available, no need to login or checkout, use on any device, any time. Great for a virtual book club!

The Advocacy Centre for the Elderly is a community based legal clinic for low income senior citizens.

Aurora Seniors' Association provides services for residents of Aurora and non-residents, 55 years of age and older.  Membership includes services and programs at the Aurora Seniors Centre as well as tours and excursions.

Over a million biographies from the world of business, science, literature, history, etc., using resources such as Gale’s Contemporary Authors; Encyclopedia of World Biography, Notable Scientists, Contemporary Theatre, Film & Television and Contemporary Musicians. Also available are full-text articles from Time, Newsweek as well as other publications.

Britannica Library for Children delivers fast and easy access to high-quality, comprehensive information. This includes a rich combination of the insightful Encyclopedia Britannica plus Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus, magazines and periodicals, and many other research tools.

Britannica Online delivers fast and easy access to high-quality, comprehensive information. This included a rich combination of the insightful Encyclopedia Britannica plus Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus, magazines and periodicals, and many other research tools.

BizPaL is jointly managed by a partnership involving governments at the federal, provincial, territorial and municipal levels. Provinces, territories and hundreds of municipalities have collaborated together to provide you with the permits and licences that may be required to start and grow your business.

Contains full-text articles from over 190 popular Canadian magazines and 97 newspapers, including the Toronto Star and the Ottawa Citizen.

Play games, watch videos, explore!

Based on the popular Chilton Auto Repair Manuals, this resource provides authoritative automotive repair information, including thousands of year, make and model combinations covering the most popular vehicles of the past 30 years, plus additional coverage of specialty models. Great for the DIY-er!

Access hundreds of thousands of eBooks and eAudiobooks free-of-charge with your active APL library card! Rich collections of current, popular and bestselling fiction and non-fiction for all ages are available. Read in your browser, or download to your eReader, smartphone or tablet to read or listen on the go.

Community Care Access Centres help you find the care you need in your home and in the community.

From the name you trust, APL cardholders can access premium Consumer Reports content you won't find online. Features CR exclusive Ratings and Recommendations on thousands of products and services, such as major and small appliances, cars, electronics and computers, home and garden, health and fitness, babies and kids, food, personal finance, and travel. Don't make a big purchase without it!

Provides articles from a comprehensive list of Canadian and international journals, magazines, selected sections of the Globe and Mail, and Canadian biographies.

Support services for businesses available through the Government of Canada.

This site was written for young people ages 9 to 13 who are learning about how Canada came to be a country. It is also for anyone else who wants to learn more about Confederation.

This version of The Canadian Encyclopedia, released in enhanced digital interactive form in October 2013, represents the latest incarnation of a project with a unique history. Since the first edition arrived in 1985, Canadians have held a claim few others can make: we have our own national encyclopedia. The idea of covering all branches of knowledge or aspects of a subject in one body of work dates back to 1728 in England. However, a bilingual national edition produced by, for and about the people of a single country, charting its events, culture, history and landscape, remains rare.

CHATS offers a full range of home care and community programs that meet the changing needs of more than 7,600 York Region and South Simcoe seniors and caregivers each year.

Welcome to the online version of the Dictionary of Canadian Biography/Dictionnaire biographique du Canada (DCB/DBC), a major research and publishing project of the University of Toronto and the Université Laval that was launched in 1959. Its purpose was and is to provide a reference work of Canadian biography to “compete with or even surpass works of a similar character produced elsewhere.” We invite you to visit us frequently to view the new biographies that we post online each week, as well as updated biographies. And we suggest that you explore the thematic groups of biographies we have prepared for you.

Includes classics and non-fiction audiobook downloads.

Registration at the Adult Information Desk is required to access this database but, with a username and password, you can access over 60,000 eBooks including literary classics and criticisms, computer science, business and history. There are also over 2,000 French Language and 1,500 Spanish Language titles available. Contact us to get registered today!

eLibrary retrieves full-text and multimedia reference material, accessing more than 2,000 full-text magazines, newspapers, books, and transcripts - plus thousands of maps, pictures, web links, and audio/video files.

Download and enjoy mp3 music from over 30,000 labels including Sony Music Entertainment, over 11 million songs titles, and 18 thousand music videos. This premium service is offered free-of-charge to APL cardholders. You can keep the songs forever (DRM-free) and can also stream music up to 3 hours each day.

New! In light of the current situation, Freegal is now offering a full 24-hours-a-day of streaming. Fill your stay-at-home with music!

Covers all business disciplines, including accounting, economics, finance, marketing, management and strategy, and business theory & practice. Browse business and trade publications as well as select international, U.S. and regional news sources.

Gale Courses offers hundreds of free, college level courses focused on professional development, technology skills, and personal enrichment. Six-week long courses are taught entirely online by instructors, and new sessions begin every month. There are over 300 different courses available at no cost to you! (Please note that some course content, especially in relation to legal and tax requirements, is focused on United States).

The perfect educational product for today's young learners! Reliable, age-appropriate information on topics aligned with school curriculum, with an easy-to-use design. Helps kids gain comfort with database searching and school research projects.

PowerSearch allows you to search all our Gale databases simultaneously or select from a list of over 20 individual databases to find the one with the most appropriate content.
Offers 200 APL-selected reference eBooks covering such diverse topics as the arts, business, environment, history, literature, science and multicultural studies.
Full-text access to thousands of magazines, newspapers, and academic journals.
Perfect for genealogy, primary source research and more, this Proquest database offers a digitized version of The Globe and Mail from 1844, searchable by keyword and date.
Health and Wellness Resource Center provides a wealth of medical reference materials for both individuals and students, including health and medical journals, pamphlets and general interest publications in addition to Gale reference titles. Note: Material is intended for research purposes only and does not replace advice from a qualified health professional.
Access the full text and images of respected nursing, allied health and medical journals; consumer health magazines; newsletters; pamphlets; newspaper articles; topical overviews; and reference books.
Access thousands of movies, television shows and audiobooks available for mobile and online access with hoopla digital. Enjoy using your valid adult (14+) APL card.
New! In response to the current shelter-in-place, APL and hoopla are offering 10 borrows a month and the hoopla Bonus Collection, which offers more than 1,000 top titles that will not count towards your download limit.

Site provides tax tips, investment and money management advice for seniors.

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) works with Canadians in all areas of the economy.

The ICDL's goal is to provide free ebooks for children from around the world, from past times and from today, in many languages.

Quickly and easily customize, download and print your own legal documents, forms and contracts in minutes! This premium service offers DIY legal documents that conform to Canadian and provincial legislation, completely free-of-charge with your APL library card. Note: These forms should not be used to replace legal advice.

LearningExpress Library Edition provides eLearning solutions for personal, academic and workplace success. Practice tests are available over 100 different skills, including the Canadian Citizenship practice test.

Students, law school faculty and legal researchers will all find the legal publications they need in LegalTrac®. Drawing on a wide variety of the most highly regarded legal publications, LegalTrac® provides indexing for more than 1,400 titles including major law reviews, legal newspapers, bar association journals and international legal journals. Each title included in LegalTrac® is selected on the basis of criteria provided by a special advisory committee of the American Association of Law Libraries. LegalTrac® also contains law-related articles from over 1,000 additional business and general interest titles.

LinkedIn Learning includes over 13,000 expert-lead video courses that helps you discover and develop business, technology-related, and creative skills. Once a course is complete, you receive a certificate that can be added to your Linkedin Profile.

Provides biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of authors. It includes more than 120,000 novelists, poets, essayists, journalists, and other writers, with in-depth coverage of 2,500 of the most-studied authors.
LitFinder contains more than 140,000 full-text poems, 840,000 poem citations and excerpts, as well as thousands of short stories, essays, speeches, and plays.

Little Pim’s award-winning language program for kids makes it fun and easy for children ages 6 months to 6 years to learn a new language! With 10 languages to choose from, Little Pim's exclusive method will teach your child 360 words and phrases. Language learning has been shown to increase communication skills and brain integration in children. A little language goes a long way!

Mango Languages’ PhD-created and linguist-approved software teaches real conversations in over 60 languages and makes it fun; no snoozefests here. And with free mobile apps, learning through film, and the coolest promotional materials around, it's no wonder Mango is the most popular language-learning resource in public libraires.

MasterFILE Complete offers an extensive collection of the popular full-text magazines, journals, and other highly-regarded sources from the world's leading publishers, covering virtually every subject area of general interest.

Perfect for on-the-go customers, My Account for Android allows you to browse the APL catalogue, place holds, renew your checkouts, and never forget your library card at home again, with your barcode embedded in the app!

Perfect for on-the-go customers, My Account for iOS allows you to browse the APL catalogue, place holds, renew your checkouts, and never forget your library card at home again, with your barcode embedded in the app!

Looking for what to read next? Use Novelist to search your favorite author, title or series and receive suggestions for other titles you may be interested in based on a sophisticated metric of appeal factors, such as pacing, setting and more!

NoveList K-8 Plus is a database about books specifically for younger readers. It helps kids find books that are just right for their reading level and interests. Parents, teachers, and librarians can also find tools to teach with books and engage young readers.

Opposing Viewpoints covers the hottest current events topics such as capital punishment, narcotics control, bioethics, etc.: the facts as well as the arguments of each topic's proponents and detractors.

Facts, fun stuff and more from Chirp, Chickadee and Owl magazines!

Play, explore and read with PBS Kids!

Search over 2000 full text sources including Magazines, Newspapers, Books, and Media Transcripts available in the eLibrary resource as well as the ProQuest Historical Newspaper's The Toronto Star from 1894 and The Globe and Mail from 1844

ComicsPlus, offered through the York-Simcoe Library Consortium, brings unlimited access to full-color digital editions of some of the top graphic novel and comic brands, such as Marvel, Star Trek, Dungeons & Dragons, and Cartoon Network. Note: Your User Name will be the same as your RBdigital Magazines or LawDepot account and is the email address you used when the account was created.

Available any time! RBdigital allows multiple checkouts at the same time, so there's never any waiting for holds.

Browse popular and current full-color digital magazines, such as Country Living, Family Handyman, Hello!, GQ, Rolling Stone and dozens more. You can even set up your favorite titles to download automatically when a new issue is released! There are also over 300 eBook titles and 7,500 eAudiobooks titles, including children's, YA and Canadiana classics, as well as bestselling authors like David Baldacci, Debbie Macomber, James Patterson and Nora Roberts. This convenient and amazing service is available on your desktop or as an app (see RBdigital OneClick below) completely free-of-charge to APL cardholders.

Search every Canadian or American business, compile marketing or supplier lists, and locate potential employers. Search by type of business, location, number of employees, or sales volume quickly and easily. You'll find reliable and comprehensive information, including names of owners and senior executives. You can also access a directory of Canadian and American households for market research and demographics. A must-have tool for small business owners, job seekers and entrepreneurs!

Information on the Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security pension and related benefits, the Canadian retirement income calculator and retirement planning.

New! Available through August 31, 2020, APL is now offering RomanceBookCloud, a huge collection of steamy romance novels for adults. Easy-to-use, no checkouts or holds, read instantly on any device, any time. It's the perfect way to spice up your shelter-in-place!

Small Business Collection provides access to academic journals and magazines perfect for both business school students and entrepreneurs. The database offers content that includes insights, tips, strategies and success stories.

Small Engine Repair Reference Center provides detailed yet user-friendly repair guides for all manner of small engines. This resource offers assistance in providing routine maintenance (tune-ups, brake service) as well as extensive repairs (engine and transmission disassembly) and allows users to search by product type, brand, model/engine type, specific area of model/engine type and model numbers.

This is the official site of the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) and provides public access to all documents that Canadian public companies and investment funds are statutorily required to file including Annual Reports and Prospectuses.

Links business services provided by the Government of Ontario.

You can understand more about Canadian culture and heritage today by understanding when and why people chose to immigrate to Canada, how they interacted with communities already here, and the traditions and beliefs they brought with them. This website showcases just some of the pictures and other documents in the Library and Archives Canada's collection.

Multilingual video for introduction to library services

New! Available through August 31, 2020, APL is now offering TeenBookCloud, an eBook collection with popular and award-winning titles just for young adults. Always available, never wait for holds, unlimited use on any device, any time!

The Toronto Star's Pages of the Past is a digitized version of  The Toronto Star from 1894. It is searchable by keyword or date.
Valid library card required.

Animated, talking story books teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love! Always available, unlimited use, with your APL library card. Also includes titles in French and Spanish, chapter books and nonfiction readers with narration and sentence highlighting options, puzzles and games that encourage reading comprehension, and National Geographic educational videos.

New! Available through August 31, 2020, APL now has access to a full library of math eBooks for grades K to 6 in a fun format kids will love. No need to login or checkout, use on any device, any time. Learn from home!

Choose Preschool or School Age and dive in to explore fun and games with TVOkids' amazing educational shows!

Calendar of the Town of Aurora Council and Committee Meetings

Table view of The Town of Aurora Council and Committee Meetings Agendas and Minutes

Home page for the Town of Aurora Council and General Committee meetings with links to the calander, agenda and live stream of meetings.

Vocations and Careers Collection provides access to journals and magazines that aid users in researching a vocation, finding an appropriate institution of learning, job searching, and maintaining a career. The database offers current and applicable content from general career guides to highly specialized industry journals

The premier online resource for preschoolers and children in the early elementary grades. Developed with experts on early childhood education, Early Learning offers rich videos, games, stories and activities designed for easy integration into the classroom curriculum or at-home learning fun!

Written for younger readers who are native French speakers and older students and adults for whom French is a second language. Offers access to thousands of encyclopedia articles, dictionary entries photos, illustrations, and maps. / Rédigée à l’intention de lecteurs plus jeunes dont le français est la langue maternelle, ainsi que d’élèves plus âgés et d’adultes pour qui le français est une langue seconde. Offre un accès à des milliers d’articles d’encyclopédie, d’unités lexicales, de photos, d’illustrations et de cartes.

From the trusted World Book encyclopedia team, find up-to-date and reliable information, including encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, pictures, audio, and video, even educator tools and student activities, complemented by current periodicals and related Web sites. World Book Online contains a suite of tools for all audiences, including Early Learning (ages 3-6), Kids (ages 6-10), Student (ages 11-14), Advanced (14+), and even French, Spanish and Arabic editions.

The Welcome Center provides services to guide and support immigrants, such as: settlement and integration services, English language training, accreditation and qualification information, employment supports and more.

Provides information from the Region of York about care and housing options that are available for seniors.

Moving to a new country or region can be an exciting but stressful process. York Region offers information and support around arriving, settling in, registering for school, finding work, and accessing health care.

Link to the York Region Mobility Plus Website

Search for local business listings in York Region.