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**While this is typically available only in-library from our public computers, Harbour Publishing has made KnowBC available for free to all, from any device, during COVID-19—no need for a library card.
- Includes the following resources:
- Encyclopedia of British Columbia – With more than 4,000 entries and 1,500 accompanying photographs, maps, charts and tables, as well as sound and video clips.
- Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest – A Photographic Encyclopedia of Invertebrates, Seaweeds and Selected Fishes.
- The Encyclopedia of Raincoast Place Names – A Complete Reference to Coastal British Columbia
- Far West – The Story of British Columbia
- Raincoast Chronicles 20 – Lilies and Fireweed: Frontier Women of British Columbia.
- Where Mountains Meet the Sea – A History of Coastal BC
- Current vehicle safety and inspection standards and related BC legislation.
More Recommended Resources
- ABCmouse – (In-Library Use Only) – ABCmouse is designed to provide a strong foundation for learning. Concepts in each content area are presented in multiple ways to provide opportunities for differentiation. Thousands of educational activities on ABCmouse make learning fun and exciting for students, teachers, and parents.
- BC Building, Fire & Plumbing Codes – BC Building, Fire & Plumbing Codes is provided for in-Library use only. Access includes the 2018 BC Building Code & Fire Code.
- BC Family Unbundling Roster – The BC Family Law Unbundling Roster is an initiative hosted by Courthouse Libraries BC and supported by Access to Justice BC and Mediate BC. Unbundling of legal services lets clients pay for some assistance depending on when they want help and what they can afford.
- BC Historical Newspapers – Explore 125+ years of B.C. news coverage. Anyone in B.C. or the Yukon now has access to digital news archives from 3 of B.C.’s oldest and most respected newspapers: The Province, The Times-Colonist, and The Vancouver Sun.
- BC LawMatters – A non-profit organization providing legal information services to the legal community and the public of BC.
- BC Laws – Access includes BC Statutes and Regulations.
- BC Practice Driving Test – Practice tests to help you prepare for the written part of the BC Learners license application.
- BC Securities Commission Investor Education Resource – Invest Right is a free resource that’s designed to teach the basic principles of investing; it consists of 11 videos, accompanied by information and tools related to each video’s topic.
- BC Stats – BC Stats is the central statistical agency of the Province of British Columbia, with the government’s largest collection of statistical products and services.
- Ben’s guide to the U.S. Government – A free, interactive and educational resource for children of all ages to learn about U.S. history, the U.S. Government and civics.
- Business Accelerator – The Small Business Accelerator is an initiative of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at the University of British Columbia (UBC). The free tools on this website help you to structure your market research, grow your business, gage potential market size or learn the latest industry trends.
- Clicklaw – General – This site provides legal information, education and help for British Columbians.
- Clicklaw – How much can my rent increase by every year? – Provides legal information about rent increase.
- Clicklaw – Tenant Survival Guide – The Tenant Survival Guide is intended to give tenants a basic understanding of residential tenancy law in British Columbia and what it means to them.
- Dial-A-Law – Free information on the law in British Columbia in over 130 topic areas. Reviewed by lawyers and updated regularly.
- E-Books – E-Books are provided free of charge at the “Library to Go” website. Download a variety of E-Books to your computer or E-Reader device.
- E-Books (Private membership) – A private e-Book collection is available for Kitimat and Kitamaat Village residents only.
- FirstVoices – FirstVoices is a group of web-based tools and services designed to support Aboriginal people engaged in language archiving, language teaching & culture revitalization.
- The Gale Business Plans Handbook – “Gale is a world leader in e-research and educational publishing for libraries, schools and businesses. The company creates and maintains more than 600 databases that are published online, in print, as eBooks and in microform.”
- H.R. MacMillan Space Centre – The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre is a non-profit community resource that brings the wonders of space to Earth, while providing a personal sense of ongoing discovery. Through innovative programming, exhibits and activities, our goal is to inspire sustained interest in the fields of Earth science, space science and astronomy.
- Justice BC – These web pages provide general information about family law in British Columbia.
- Legal Line – A federal not-for-profit agency endorsed and promoted by The Law Society Of Upper Canada that provides free legal information (1,000 topics, 40 areas of law) and professional referrals.
- PrésentEs! – PrésentEs! is a magazine that aims to provide francophone women living in communities where French is the minority, a space to speak out, to share, to show case and to reflect.
- Senior Living – Senior Living highlights this stage in life, and publishes stories about vibrant and diverse individuals with unique, relevant, and inspiring achievements.
- Tumble Book Library – Offering access to hundreds of wonderful literacy resources for children grades K – 6.
- Vehicle Safety Inspection Standards Online – (In-Library Use Only) – VSIS Online is a complete, interactive source of methods of inspection for vehicles and a comprehensive source of applicable, current British Columbia legislation from official sources. To use this database you must ask a library staff member to log you in.
- Young Learning Centre – Designed by early literacy experts, the Edmark House Series introduces early learners to reading, math, science, and useful skills like telling time.