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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!

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!

From the makers of the ever-popular Tumblebook e-library for kids, Audio Book Cloud contains unlimited streaming audiobooks for all ages, including adult fiction and non-fiction. No holds, no waiting, unlimited use!

Community-based legal clinic for low-income senior citizens.

Search the largest provincial archive in Canada, with unique and multi-faceted records dating back to the 16th century up to the present.

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.

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.
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.

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.

Provides information about addiction in Canada and links to treatment resources. The Addiction Group has also compiled information (focused primarily on the United States) regarding addiction and drug abuse among particular segments of society, such as persons experiencing homelessness, veterans, LGBTQ+, teens, college students, and people with mental health challenges.

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.

This quarterly magazine connects diverse ethnic communities using one voice and language (easy-to-understand English) by providing free information, advice, entertainment, and encouragement to new immigrants.

Play games, watch videos, explore!

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.

EBSCO eBook collection includes over 74,000 English Language titles as well as over 2,100 French Language and 1,100 Spanish Language titles. To download these titles you must first create an EBSCO Host account and download Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) on your computer or the ADE App to your Android or iOS device. If you need help or clearification please contact

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 pandemic, 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.

Hundreds of college-level courses, completely FREE of charge with your APL library card! Six-week long courses are taught entirely online by instructors and new sessions begin every month. There are over 300 different courses available, focusing on professional development, technology skills, and personal enrichment.
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.

Provides a comprehensive view of agriculture and related fields. Access to current and authoritative content that spans the industry -- from practical aspects of farming to cutting edge scientific research in horticulture.

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

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 provides a digitized version of The Globe and Mail from 1844, searchable by keyword or date.

Everything you need to know about moving to and settling in Ontario, including free settlement services by the government of Ontario.

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.
ProQuest's 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.

Access thousands of movies, television shows and audiobooks for mobile and online access with hoopla digital. Enjoy up to 5 free downloads a month. Available to APL cardholders aged 14+ residing within the Town of Aurora.

Home and Community Care integrated health network helps connect you to the care you need here in York & South Simcoe region.

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.

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-led video courses that help you develop business, technology, and creative skills. Once a course is complete, you receive a certificate that you have the option of adding to your LinkedIn profile. Note that if you are accessing LinkedIn Learning using the LinkedIn Learning App on a Mobile device you will need to enter the Aurora Public Library's LinkedIn Library ID: "aurorapl".

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!

Search the Library & Archives Canada, including their extensive resources for geneology and family history.

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.

Offers an extensive collection of popular full-text magazines, journals, and other highly-regarded sources from the world's leading publishers, covering virtually every subject 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!

Trusted dictionary resource, since 1828.

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.

NewMouth is a US based site that provides medically accurate content in the dentistry field, including oral health, cosmetic services, restorative treatments, orthodontics, oral surgery & more. Generally most information on this site is releive in to Canadians although there are some minor differences with the regulated professions.

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.

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.

Ontario Ancestors, the official website of the Ontario Geneological Society.

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

Get unlimited access to more than 7,000 of the world's top newspapers and magazines as an Aurora Public Library cardholder. No limits on downloads and they're yours to keep for as long as you want! Titles available in more than 60 languages from around the world; PressReader even has the ability to translate any title into 19 different languages. Customize your interests, automatically download your favorite publications, and more!

From the PressReader homepage, click "Sign In" in the top righthand corner. Select "Library or Group" and search for "Aurora Public Library" (look for our logo). Enter your library card and PIN to gain unlimited access. You can create an account OR hit "No thanks" at the bottom of the menu. You'll be asked to re-authenticate your library card and PIN every 30 days to ensure you're still an APL member in good standing. Click on "Learn How" below for an easy video tutorial.

Download the latest PressReader app for Android, iOS / apple, Windows, Blackberry or Amazon tablet, eReader or smartphone. Unlimited digital magazines and newspapers as soon as they hit newsstands! 

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.

Play, explore and read with PBS Kids!

RBdigital (discontinued as of December 2020)

PLEASE NOTE: RBdigital has retired their platform and apps as of December 2020.

Aurora Public Library is moving the eBook and eAudiobook content previously on RBdigital to our primary eBook platform, cloudLibrary, available here:

Our digital magazines and newspapers will now be available via PressReader, which offers unlimited access to over 7000 titles in more than 60 languages for APL cardholders. Check it out here:

Instant, real-time access to accurate, in-depth information on 64 million US and Canadian businesses, 310 million US residents, and 11 million Canadian residents. Find new business opportunities, research executive names, conduct job searches, locate addresses and phone numbers, conduct market and demographic research, and more. Search by type of business, location, number of employees, or sales volume quickly and easily. 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.

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.

Driver's licences, plate stickers, health cards, birth certificates, and other services provided by the Ontario government.

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.

From the ever-popular makers of Tumblebook e-library for kids, the Teen Book Cloud contains unlimited streamling eBooks, eAudiobooks and even video - no holds, no waiting, unlimited use!

Formerly known as "Pages of the Past", this ProQuest database provides a digitized version of The Toronto Star from 1894, searchable by keyword or date.

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.

Find information about Town of Aurora Council and General Committee meetings, including links to the calendar, agenda and live stream of meetings.

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

Browse and search the National Archives of the USA online, including many digitized original documents.

Intended for ages 3-6, this is the premier online resource for preschool and 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.

Information on York Region Transit's mobility on-request services (formerly YRT Mobility Plus).

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.