Search millions of physical library materials from Alberta and around the world and request items to be delivered to your community library.
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.
Fully searchable census and voter lists, vital records, church histories, school records, immigration records, military records and more.
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.
Streaming audiobooks, including: fiction, non-fiction, drama and poetry.
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.
Subscribe to personalized librarian-recommended books for all ages sent weekly to your email.
Index and citations of important individuals from every field of activity worldwide.
Comprehensive encyclopedia of birds that are found throughout North America, including audio recordings of bird sounds.
Animated read-along storybooks and videos for early learners, their caregivers and educators. For best results use Chrome or Edge. Not supported by IE11.
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.
Full-text periodicals and in-depth information on U.S. and international businesses, industries and products, plus profiles, histories, charts, reports and more.
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’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.
Comprehensive list of contacts including all the listings from the *Canadian Almanac and Directory * Associations Canada * Libraries Canada * Canadian Environmental Resource Guide* Governments Canada * Financial Services Canada * Health Canada * Careers & Employment Canada * Canadian Parliamentary Guide * Major Canadian Cities * History of Canada *
Fully searchable encyclopedia of Canadian history and culture.
Full-text articles, columns, editorials and features from Canadian news sources, including: the Globe and Mail and the Calgary Herald.
Interactive education and career planning tools, including: job search, career guide, resume and interview help, and post-secondary planning.
Full-text and indexed periodicals on Canadian topics, including: current events, business, science, the arts, academic information and more.
Public library services for Canadians with print disabilities.
For information on careers, occupations and jobs.
Consumer information including research, reviews, recommendations and trends in consumer and automotive products.
Illustrated Biographies of notable Canadians from 1000 A.D. to 1930. In English and French.
Full-text books, government documents and periodicals on Canadian heritage from the 16th to 20th century.
Interactive encyclopedia for emergent readers including stories, games, and videos covering a variety of topics and interests.
World Book Kids Encyclopedia in Spanish.
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.
Children’s eBooks and eAudiobooks to read or listen to on your computer, or download to your mobile device.
Read People, Macleans, Sports Illustrated and other popular magazines online. Read the FAQ to find out how. Note Some magazines have expiry dates when downloaded to a device.
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.
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.
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.
Use this link to search Gale literary databases at the same time: including Gale Virtual Reference Library, Literature Criticism Online, Literature Resource Center, Litfinder and Something About the Author.
Full-text and fully searchable DK Eyewitness Travel Guide e-books.
Instantly available to read in your browser online, find full-text e-books for both learners of all ages: includes DK Eyewitness books, travel guides, Business Plan Handbooks and more.
Fully searchable directory of Canadian grantmaking foundations and corporations.
American genealogical information from 1790 to the present, including: census, genealogy books, periodicals, bank records, war records and more.
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.
An interactive career selection and job search system, including: occupation profiles, resume building, cover letter writing, interview skills and more.
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.
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.
Libby is OverDrive's new eReader app: an easy way to read or download thousands of free eBooks and eAudiobooks.
Full-text facsimile of Children’s Literature Review with profiles of children’s and young adult literature authors and works.
Full-text scholarly journals and literary magazine articles, plus biographies, criticisms, summaries and more.
Full-text poems, short stories, novels, essays, speeches, and plays, plus biographies, summaries and more.
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.
Maclean's Magazine Archive contains indexing, abstracts and full text PDFs for the complete archive of this influential Canadian magazine beginning in 1933 and ending in December 2015. Access to current issues is available through Flipster
Streaming access to the Alexander Street Press databases of classical, jazz, and contemporary world music.
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.
An online learning tool aimed at ESL and literacy students to learn about Canada's language and culture.
National Geographic Kids digital magazine, in full colour and fully searchable, plus National Geographic books, pictures and more.
National Geographic digital magazine from 1888 to the present, in full colour and fully searchable, plus National Geographic Traveler digital magazine, National Geographic books, videos and more.
Streaming jazz featuring over a million tracks from the catalogues of Blue Notes Records, Fantasy Jazz and over 260 other labels.
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.
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.
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!
Streaming music from over 5000 albums from Smithsonian Folkways, Sony, Arc and Naxos World representing 150 countries and 1500 cultural groups.
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.
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.
Streaming access to fiction and non-fiction National Film Board of Canada productions from 1917 to the present.
The Canadian Accessible Library System. An online public library for people who require information in a format other than traditional print. Available formats include DAISY, PDF, and e-text.
Fiction and non-fiction reading suggestions for children and teens, plus reading discussion guides and book reviews.
Fiction and non-fiction reading suggestions based on your interests, plus reading discussion guides and book reviews.
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.
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.
The completely searchable facsimile of The Globe and Mail from 1844 to 2009.
Chinese-language digital magazines, in full colour and fully searchable.
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.
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.
Search Canadian Business profiles, and the Canadian White Pages in ReferenceUSA: Canadian Businesses. A great resource for small business owners, researchers and job seekers.
Find out more in ReferenceUSA's FAQs.
Road to IELTS Academic version helps newcomers and students prepare for the International English Language Testing System exam - and can be used by learners who just want to improve their English.
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.
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.
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
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.
Find course lessons, reviews, and practice tests for students in grades 3 to 12. From science and math to social studies and English, Solaro follows the Alberta curriculum and provides online access to the same information found in The Keyopens a new window study guides.
Illustrated biographical profiles of children’s book authors and illustrators.
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.
The completely searchable facsimile of The Times (London) Newspaper from 1785 to 2012.
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
Investment information on the most actively traded U.S. exchange-listed stocks, including: ratings, reports, summaries, statistics and more.
Get personalized reading recommendations for titles you might like, sent directly to your inbox every month! How It Works:
- Sign up each reader in your family.
- Personalize reading preferences for all family members.
- Receive regular personalized recommendations and keep track of your favourites.
- Get started by registering hereopens a new window.
Digitized collections of images, postcards and maps of Calgary and Southern Alberta's history.
Indepth research tool for senior secondary students and beyond that includes encyclopedia information, multimedia databases, primary sources, and website links .
Developed expressly for young users, and optimized for tablets and features image-based navigation, easy-to-read articles, images and videos as well as engaging games, projects, and activities.
Encyclopedia articles, dictionary, and interactive atlas.
Find detailed timelines for notable people, places and events in history. Create your own timeline for projects.