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A-Z Resources


Alberta Research Portal

A rich research collection of  69 primary historical sources, including those related to First Nations and Indigenous peoples as well as  the Associated Press Collections, Smithsonian Collection Online, Archives of Human Sexuality and Gender, and Sabin Americana.

Ancestry Library Edition Library Card Required.

Fully searchable census and voter lists, vital records, church histories, school records, immigration records, military records and more.

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Art Full Text Academic Journals Library Card Required.

Full-text articles on all major areas of fine, decorative, and commercial art including: painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, film, architecture, fashion and more.  App is available for Apple iOs and Android devices.

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Artist Works for Libraries Music Online Courses New! Library Card Required.

Want to learn to play the guitar, piano or trumpet? Find world-class music instruction through step-by-step video lessons led by experts. Library membership provides free and unlimited access to beginner through advanced music lessons online.  

When you click the link above to Artist Works for Libraries, then click Sign In at the top of the page. Click the Checkout button to browse available lessons. Artist Works for Libraries appears on the bottom of the RBdigital  homepage (Important note: you must sign in to your free RBdigital account or create one to access Artist Works). For more information, read our FAQs.

Access to Artist Works is funded by Sun Life Financial and partners perfectly with the Sun Life Financial Musical Instrument Lending Library available at Memorial Park Library.

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AutoMate Library Card Required.

Car and truck repair and maintenance information for makes and models from 1954 to the present, plus technical service bulletins, electrical wiring diagrams, diagnostic troubleshooting and more.

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brainfuse HelpNow Online Courses Library Card Required.

Free online tutoring for students studying the Alberta curriculum, grades 2 to 12. Get expert online help with your homework from 2 pm to 11 pm daily! Chat live with a tutor. Find resume writing support for all ages and support for adult learners. Brainfuse works best on Google Chrome.

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Calgary Public Library Android App Mobile Apps

Calgary Public Library’s mobile app makes it quick and easy to access the Library on your Android device! Search and browse for titles, download eBooks, create reading lists, manage your account and get the information you need.

Calgary Public Library Apple App Mobile Apps

Calgary Public Library’s app makes it quick and easy to access the Library on your Apple device! Search and browse for titles, download eBooks, create reading lists, manage your account and get the information you need.

Career Cruising Library Card Required.

Interactive education and career planning tools, including: job search, career guide, resume and interview help, and post-secondary planning.

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EBSCOhost (App) Mobile Apps

Now, users of EBSCO resources can conveniently search EBSCO’s leading research databases anytime and anywhere using EBSCO’s mobile access technology. App is available for Apple iOs and Android devices.

Encyclopedie Decouverte Encyclopedias Encylopedias For Kids Library Card Required.

L'Encyclopédie Découverte est la version française de World Book Encyclopedia.

L'Encyclopédie offre des activités pratiques qui inciteront les élèves à s'intéresser à la recherche. Un guide d'enseignement, accompagné des sujets de discussion et d'une matrice d'évaluation, sont disponibles pour chaque activité.



Freegal Music Music Library Card Required.

Freegal is a free music service with access to nearly 13 million songs. Your Calgary Public Library card provides five free downloads per week as well as three hours of streaming per day.  Download or stream current and classic songs in over 30 different genres for free using the mobile app.  

Learn more about using Freegal.

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Frontier Life: borderlands, settlement and colonial encounters New!

The history of the British colonial frontier regions of North America, Africa and Australasia, including settlers and indigenous peoples, 1650-1920. Includes postcards, images and documents from Calgary's Glenbow Museum,  Hudson's Bay Company Archives and  Archives of Manitoba as well as the National Archives UK and Cambridge University.

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Gale Courses: Online Courses for Life-Long Learning Online Courses Library Card Required.

Free, interactive, instructor-led, online courses. Calgary Public Library card holders are entitled to take two courses per calendar year. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month. Topics include computer programs (Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, accounting software, and more), or language, writing, business, law, design and personal development courses. 

  • Please read the syllabus and course requirements carefully prior to enrolling, as we cannot drop or transfer you from a course. Once you have engaged with the course online, it will count towards your two free course whether you complete or not. 
  • If you don't visit the course by the second week of classes, you are automatically dropped from the course.
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Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada New!

Use this bilingual resource to find reference maps of Canada, information about Truth and Reconciliation, and a glossary of Indigenous terms. Created by The Royal Canadian Geographical Society in conjunction with the Assembly of First Nations, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the Métis Nation, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and Indspire, this resource contains beautiful contemporary and historical photography, maps, and more. Grade 5 and up.

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Kanopy Mobile Apps Movies Online Courses New! Library Card Required.

Kanopy is an online video streaming service providing thoughtful entertainment aimed at adults and kids. It offers over 30,000 documentaries, classics, international films and training videos, including selections from the Criterion Collection, Great Courses, and Frontline series, along with age-appropriate movies and TV for kids.

Find out how to create your account here.

Each library member receives 10 play credits per month which refresh on the first of the month. Once a film is selected, you have 3 days to play your selection as many times as you wish.

Videos can be watched anywhere, anytime, on smartphones, tablets, PCs and smart TVs. Access to Wi-Fi is recommended.  For help with apps, other troubleshooting or more information, search the Kanopy Help Center.

Please read the Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy  before using this resource.



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Learning Express Online Courses Library Card Required.

Find online courses and practice tests for students of all ages, from elementary school to college and adult learners. Courses include professional and personal development, occupation practice tests, English language proficiency, and citizenship preparation.

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Lynda.com Online Courses Library Card Required.

Access thousands of expert-led, short online video courses on business skills, web design, photography, home and office software including Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite, graphic design, media, and much more. Lynda.com tutorials are available for free when you log in with your Library card

NOTE: You can now access Lynda.com through the mobile app. Find out how in our FAQs.

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Muzzy Online Online Courses For Kids Library Card Required.

Kids can learn eight different languages online, including English, through animated videos, games, and interactive activities. Access these free language lessons on your computer, or use the Puffin Academy app (uses Flash) on your mobile device. Enter username: albertamuzzy and password: muzzylove! on your app. Languages include English, Spanish, French, Chinese Pinyin, Italian, German, and Korean.

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Naxos Music Library Music

Listen to the largest online classical music library with jazz, world, pop/rock, classical, folk, and blues selections. Stream your favourite songs, or check out the educational resources, including podcasts and graded music exam playlists.

See our FAQs to learn how to download and use the NML app.

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Naxos Spoken Word Library eAudiobooks Library Card Required.

Streaming access to audio books including classic and literary fiction, poetry and non-fiction titles, plus German selections from Naxos Hörbucher.

Access to streaming via apps is  available using the user: CPLNSWLapp  and password: CPLNSWLapp.

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Naxos Video Library Movies Library Card Required.

Streaming video library of classical music performances, opera, ballet, live concerts and documentaries. Watch the world's greatest opera houses, ballet companies, orchestras and artists perform on demand!

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New York Times Online Mobile Apps Newspapers New! Library Card Required.

NYTimes.com provides access to the latest multimedia journalism and storytelling from The New York Times newspaper. Crossword and cooking sites are not available  through this access.   Access includes articles from 1851 to 1922 and 1981 to present.

Users will need to create a NYTimes.com account with an email address.

For remote access use this link here.

For in-library access use this link here.  

Newspaper Source Plus Newspapers New! Library Card Required.

Search online through a major source of historical news content from around the world, including  67 million full-text articles from more than 1,200 newspapers, newswires and news magazines. Also offers television and radio news transcripts.



NFB Campus Movies Library Card Required.

Streaming access to fiction and non-fiction National Film Board of Canada productions from 1917 to the present.

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PressReader Magazines Mobile Apps Newspapers Library Card Required.

Free access using your library card to thousands of popular newspapers and magazines.  Includes local and international newspapers in multiple languages.  To learn how to use PressReader, click here.

PLEASE NOTE:  We recommend accessing PressReader with your browser on your computer or your mobile device. Alternatively, you can use the PressReader app by signing in through library card access. In using  the app,  when you are not connected to a Hot Spot, you will only be able to view previously downloaded content on the app for 48 hours.  After 48 hours you will need to re-authenticate with your Library card to reset your remote access timer.

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Pronunciator Mobile Apps Online Courses Online Courses For Kids New! Library Card Required.

Learn 80 different languages with Pronunciator.  Pronunciator features lessons, pronunciation analysis, live tutor opportunities, quizzes, and more for adults and children. (Going travelling? Don't miss the travel prep course.) This eResource offers ESL for 50 languages, plus the ability to learn a new language using your native language. Courses include speaking and listening components. Free apps are available for Android, Apple, and Kindle Fire devices. 

Note:  Before you can activate the Pronunciator app on your mobile device, you must register as a student with Pronunciator. Just login with your free Library card and click Register to set up your account.

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RBdigital online magazines eAudiobooks Magazines Mobile Apps Music Online Courses Library Card Required.

Need a quick read?  From Newsweek to the Economist, Cosmopolitan, Wired, Vanity Fair, and Kiplinger's Personal Finance, you can read magazines for free, online on your device anytime. Download as many as you like and keep them for as long as you like. 

Our RBdigital FAQs will get you started. 

RBdigital also features eAudiobooks and ArtistWorks, which is a video collection of step-by-step music lessons and art lessons by experts.

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Read Alberta eBooks eBooks Library Card Required.

There are over 1000 ebooks representing 24 Alberta-based publishers available to read on the Cantook Station platform. Courtesy of the Public Library Services Branch and the Book Publishers Association of Alberta.

Find out more in our FAQs.

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Rosetta Stone Library Solution Online Courses Library Card Required.

Kick start your language learning with Rosetta Stone Library Solution's interactive online courses. Improve your English or choose from 30 languages, including: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), English, French, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Persian (Farsi), Russian, Spanish, Swahili and many more. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: To ensure successful download of the library's free Rosetta Stone Library Solution app, read the FAQs first.

Using Firefox not recommended

To use the app on a continuing basis for free, you must authenticate through the Calgary Public Library website every time.

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Shakespeare Collection Academic Journals Library Card Required.

Authoritative materials supporting the study of Shakespeare, including major editions from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries as well as other works published during Shakespeare's time, prompt books, criticism, reviews, images and reference works.

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SimplyAnalytics Canada New! Library Card Required.

Create professional maps and reports using demographic, business and marketing data. SimpyAnalytics data is useful in answering key research questions, making business decisions and understanding the socio-demographic and economic conditions of any area in Canada. Includes PRIZM5 database in SimplyMap and Dun&Bradstreet Canadian Company data. Always available for use within the library; remote use available between 7 pm and 7 am. Recommend laptop or desktop computer. Please log out of SimplyAnalytics when you are finished.

For more instructions, see: SimplyAnalytics Reference Guide

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Smithsonian Magazines Library Card Required.

Explore aviation and space exploration in the Air & Space Digital Magazine (1986 to the present) and read about science, history, art, popular culture and innovation in the Smithsonian Digital Magazine (1970 to the present). Both of these magazines are presented in full colour and are fully searchable. 

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Study Buddy eBooks For Kids New! Library Card Required.

Search Study Buddy to find eBooks and articles on everything from art to science and sports. Study Buddy is designed for ages 6 and up, and is filled with information selected by experts from these sources. Get started with your Library card.

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TumbleBookLibrary eAudiobooks eAudiobooks For Kids eBooks eBooks For Kids Library Card Required.

Animated read-along story books,  and games for young children, their parents and teachers.

If you have downloaded the free app: choose LIBRARY/Canada/Alberta/Calgary Public Library/ then enter your Calgary Public Library card number



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