eLibrary

Access anytime from anywhere with the Internet and your library card!

Want to borrow eBooks that expire automatically or download digital magazines to keep for as long as you like? You can also stream free films and music or download MP3s for our eLibrary. No need to worry about return dates! 

City of Canada Bay Libraries also offer reliable resources from fun and interactive educational platforms for children to extensive databases and research sites for students and adults. Make research and learning easy 24/7 - simply enter your library card number and start searching now.

Not a member yet?

Join online to gain immediate access to our digital collection, research databases and learning resources. For full membership, visit one of our locations with identification showing your name and current address.

 
eBooks

Download hundreds of eBooks and eAudiobooks 

To ensure a broad collection we offer three popular eBook services: BorrowBox, OverDrive eLibrary24/7 and Wheelers. Each offers different collections, so if you are unable to find what you are looking for in one, just try the others. Audiobooks are only available on Borrowbox and OverDrive eLibrary24/7.

All you need is the Internet and a current library card. For BorrowBox and Wheelers, you will also need your full date of birth (ddmmyyyy).

If visiting for the first time, please view the Help sections found on these pages:

BorrowBox

OverDrive eLibrary 24/7

Wheelers

Video: How to use our OverDrive eLibrary 24/7 service on iPad 

 

eBooks Public Library Collection - with over 33,000 titles chosen specifically for public libraries, this general reference collection features fiction titles for both adults and juveniles, as well as best selling and highly recommended titles from industry leading publishers, including:

  • How People Tick: a guide to over 50 types of difficult people and how to handle them by Mike Liebling
  • Programming for the Absolute Beginne r by Jerry Lee Ford Jr
  • Same-sex Marriage by David E Newton.

A wide range of subjects and topics are covered to meet various patron research needs, including substantial offerings in self help, health and fitness, games, crafts and hobbies, medical, cooking and religion. This collection also features titles on recreation and leisure, geography, commerce, finance, family, marriage, women, folklore, social and public welfare and home economics. 

eFilms

Stream independent movies and feature films

Beamafilm - an online movie streaming service with a collection of independent documentaries and feature films, with content sourced from Ronin, Madman, ABC and other suppliers. The documentaries and feature films range from G, PG and M.

For further details, contact our Reference & Information Services Librarian or call 9911 6312.

eMagazines and eNewspapers

RBdigital Magazines 

Get your free digital magazines and keep them for as long as you like!

From RBdigital you can download magazines onto your PC, laptop, tablet, iPad or smartphone from our well-selected digital collection featuring popular titles. All you need is an email address and your library card number. 

Not a Member? Join here

PressReader

Download the app, read and explore favourite titles from around the world.

PressReader connects you with the stories you love from 5000+ premium publications around the world, 100+ countries and 60+ languages. Get all-you-can-read newspapers and magazines to keep informed, entertained and inspired every day. To download, you need to be in a PressReader WiFi Hotspot such as any of our locations.

Once you have downloaded, you will receive seven days' radiant access on any mobile device whenever you have a WiFi connection. Any customer who accesses City of Canada Bay public WiFi receives 48 hours of downloads.

A library member can always browse (not download) this site from your home PCs and laptops by signing in with your library card number and date of birth (DDMMYYYY) directly on the PressReader website.

Set-up Instructions for Accessing PressReader via the Library's WiFi

  1. Connect your smartphone or tablet to authenticated WiFi 
  2. Download PressReader from app store or go to PressReader  
  3. Launch PressReader, pick your title and enjoy reading!

For more information, please contact our Reference and Information Services Librarian on 9911 6312.

PressReader User Guides

eMusic

Freegal Music

Do you like music? Looking for legal MP3 tracks to keep or free music streaming?

Freegal is a downloadable and streaming music service, offering you three (3) free music tracks to keep, every week and three (3) hours of music streaming per day.

Get started with your library card number and password (ddmmyyyy). The collection offers access to over 6 million songs plus the complete local Sony Music Entertainment catalogue. There is no software to download and there are no digital rights management (DRM) restrictions.

​The downloadable files do not expire and can be transferred to iPods and MP3 players or burnt to CD. Free mobile apps available at Apple AppStore and Google Play.

Simple steps to get started:

  1. Login to Freegal with your Library card number
  2. Search the collection and preview songs
  3. Click on 'Download Now' or put your cursor over an album to 'Stream Now'.
Interactive learning for children

Interactive Learning Tools

Busythings - a colourful and quirky online resource for ages 3-6 years covering creative development, problem solving, reasoning and numeracy, knowledge and understanding of the world, and communication, language and literacy. Enter your library card number and join in the fun!

Early World of Learning - a premier online resource developed for preschoolers and children in their early years. Also available for iPad and selected Android tablets - perfect for classroom and home activities.

PK Magazine - encourages a love of reading and is aimed at ages 8-12 years. It's a great place where primary school students can express their ideas and thoughts and to share their creativity in words, art, film or music.

Storybox - a vibrant, interactive experience where children can connect, engage and be inspired by a range of quality Australian stories read on film by some wonderfully engaging storytellers. Enter your library card number and enjoy the stories!

Encyclopaedias

Britannica Online - encyclopaedia reference in student editions, dictionary, thesaurus, internet guide and world atlas.

World Book Online - a comprehensive authoritative encyclopaedia with links to authoritative websites.

For further details, please email Children's Library or phone 9911 6348.

Cyber Safety

Help your kids make smart choices about who and what they find online. The Australian Communications and Media Authority gives the following tips for parents:

  • Spend time online with your kids
  • Help your kids use the Internet as an effective research tool
  • Teach children that online information is not always reliable
  • Teach your children 'netiquette'
  • Chat safely and be aware of online stranger danger
  • Set rules
  • Be involved
  • Teach your kids ways of dealing with disturbing material.

Remember, the best protection is parental supervision!

More information on online safety for parents and kids can be found on eSafety and Stay Smart.

Professional development

Hoonuit - an online software training video tutorial resource on the most popular software topics covering more than 500 applications on both PCs and Macs.

Road to IELTS - A popular online course designed to help you improve your English language skills and prepare you for the IELTS test.

For further details, email our Reference & Information Services Librarian or call 9911 6312

 

Games and puzzles

Hobbies and Craft Reference Center - comprehensive full-text content for many of the most popular hobbies, craft and recreation activities and offers detailed 'how-to' instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast.

For further details, email our Reference and Information Services Librarian or call 9911 6312.

Encyclopedias and Reference

Find comprehensive resources and guides

Australian Bureau of Statistics - provides a full range of Local, Regional, National and International statistical and reference information.

Academic Search Premier - a scholarly collection offering full text coverage of information in areas such as science, anthropology, astronomy, engineering, ethnic and multicultural studies, geography, geology, law, music, psychology, religion and theology, women's studies and zoology.

Australia/New Zealand Points of View Reference Centre - full text database designed to provide students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of current issues.

Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre - includes newspaper articles on Australian and international current affairs, business, social science, health, literature and biographical information.

Britannica - provides online encyclopedia reference in student editions, dictionary, thesaurus, internet guide and world atlas.

Britannica - Access from home

Choice Online - contains a wide range of information, product tests and reports on consumer products. (Available at the Library only, please obtain login details from Library staff).

Find Legal Answers - guides users through online legal information (including ebooks and Hot Topics) and shows what is available in your local library. Also helps provide legal advice services if users need to speak to a lawyer.

MasterFILE Complete - designed specifically for public libraries, it contains full text articles for nearly 2,200 periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and more.

World Book Online - a fully comprehensive authoritative encyclopedia and offers links to authoritative websites.

World Religions Online - an unbiased, comprehensive guide to the world's major religions and spirituality, plus new and alternative religions.

For further details, email our Reference and Information Services Librarian  or call 9911 6312.

History and Family History databases

Ancestry and Find My Past

Ancestry Library Edition - an important resource to research family history, with more than 1.5 billion names in over 4,000 databases. (Available in the library only)

Ancient and Medieval History Online - explores the pre-modern world with in-depth focus on Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, Africa, Europe, the Americas and Asia.

Find My Past - a family history and genealogy resource, which includes millions of records covering Australasia, Ireland and United Kingdom. (Available in the library only)

History Reference Center - world's most extensive full-text history reference database designed for secondary schools, public libraries, junior and community colleges and undergraduate research.

Modern World History Online - covers the people, places and events in the broad expanse of history from the mid-15th century to the present.

New South Wales Family History Document Service - over 20,000 pages of online records for family history research in NSW. (Available in the library only)

For further details, email our Reference & Information Services Librarian or call 9911 6312.

Literature reference and English guides

Good Reading Online

Good Reading Online - an Australian resource with information on 'everything about books', including thousands of easy-to-read independent book reviews and interesting Australian and international articles, author profiles, stories on writers' houses, bookshops, short stories, book trivia and more.

Literary Reference Center Plus - provides a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and time frames, including literary biographies, plot summaries, criticism and author interviews.

NoveList Plus - guides and advises readers on other fiction and non-fiction titles of interest either by subject or 'read alikes' - other authors who are similar to a favourite author.

Who Else Writes Like - an established reference and reading promotion tool that is designed to help anyone who enjoys reading to expand the number of authors and works they read.  

World Wide English and Jobseekers Online - Learn English from beginner to intermediate level – for work, life and study.  Learn job seeking skills to find work and practice writing a résumé and cover letter. 

Road to IELTS - A popular online course designed to help you improve your English language skills and prepare you for the IELTS test.

For further details, email our Reference and Information Services Librarian on 9911 6312. 

Science, Health and Environmental eResources

GreenFile

Consumer Health Complete - provides evidence based reports, health news and articles from health encyclopaedias and reference books.

Drug Info @ Your Library - provides up to date, easy to read, quality drug and alcohol resources.

GreenFILE - an extensive online collection of general interest, government and scholarly information covering all aspects of human impact on the environment.

Multicultural Health Communication Service - provides up to date information on a large range of health issues, presented as fact files in over 60 languages. 

Science Online - presents a broad range of scientific disciplines through extensive definitions, essays, diagrams, biographies and experiments.

Science Reference Center - provides extensive coverage of articles on biology, physics, chemistry, earth sciences, space, environment, wildlife and technology.

Today's Science - bridges the gap between the science that students learn in the classroom and the discoveries pushing the boundaries of science today.

For further details, email our Reference and Information Services Librarian or ring 9911 6312.

State Library of NSW eResources

State Library of NSW eResrouces

Your library card also grants you access to State Library's online resources, including local and international newspapers, full-text journals, magazines, online databases, eBooks and eAudiobooks.

Visit State Library of NSW eResources to register your City of Canada Bay Library card number and log in.

For further details, email our Reference and Information Services Librarian or call 9911 6312.

Online Safety

Staying safe online

City of Canada Bay Libraries provide a range of resources connecting library users with the skills they need for smart, safe and responsible use of technology.

Educational tools to to assist your child in cyber safety

The Office of the Children's eSafety Commissioner's website eSafety is a one-stop-shop for cyber safety providing the necessary tools to allow your child to gain online smarts. 

The website provides Australians with up-to-date information and resources, coupled with a comprehensive complaints system to assist children who experience serious online bullying.

eSafety covers a range of issues:

Please report cyberbullying or illegal or offensive content! 

If your or someone you know is experiencing the above issues you can report it. Office of the Children's eSafety has established services which allow you to report a variety of issues:

For a list of further information and support:

HSC Study Lab

HSC Study Lab is an award-winning online resource

Take control of your HSC study throughout the school year for revision and exam preparation. All first-hand investigations are included; lesson content is covered through games and simulations making learning more fun and easier to digest. HSC Study Lab is not just a text book on screen. The syllabus is delivered using videos, simulations, animations, and interactive activities to explain concepts.  

Subjects include Biology, Chemistry and Physics in both preliminary and HSC levels.

Simply register here and start your study.

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