Digital Shelf

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!

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.

Play games, watch videos, explore!

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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

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!

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.

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

Play, explore and read with PBS Kids!

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.

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!

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.