Digital Shelf

Focused on undergraduate research, Academic OneFile provides millions of articles from over 19,000 scholarly journals and other authoritative sources. It covers key subject areas including biology, chemistry, criminal justice, economics, environmental science and psychology.  Users can browse peer-reviewed scholarly journal content indexed in Google Scholar.

AccessScience is an authoritative online resource that contains high-quality reference material covering all major scientific disciplines. Users can access links to primary research material, videos and exclusive animations. Material is presented so that students will develop a better understanding of scientific concepts.

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.

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. This service is only available for in library use.

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, AtoZ World Food brings international cuisines to you, from Albanian byrek to Zimbabwean matemba!

Biography contains more than 600,000 biographical entries covering international figures from all time periods and areas of study. Reference material includes videos, audio selections, images, primary sources and journal articles from hundreds of periodicals and newspapers. 
Britannica Library provides researchers of all ages - children, students, business professionals and curious seniors - with age-appropriate information.  Resources include encyclopedia articles, journals and periodicals, primary sources,  and dictionaries.

Business is a comprehensive business resource to research company news, personal investment decisions or information about business administration. It provides full-text coverage of all business disciplines including accounting, economics, finance, marketing, management, and strategy, as well as business theory and practice. 

Canadian Points of View Reference Centre provides rich, diverse content to help students develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues, and develop analytical thinking skills.

Canadian Reference Centre provides ongoing full text for 120 popular Canadian magazines and journals.

Career Cruising provides users of all ages with comprehensive career development and job search resources. There is in-depth information on hundreds of occupations as well as information on Canadian colleges and universities.

ChiltonLibrary provides users with detailed information on preventative vehicle maintenance and repairs. This database is continually updated and offers step-by-step service and repair procedures, wiring diagrams, troubleshooting guides and ASE test prep.  

cloudLibrary provides access to eBooks and eAudiobooks that can be read—or listened to—on personal devices, such as iPads, iPhones, Android devices, Nook, Kindle Fire, PC, and Mac OS. Material is also available in Spanish and French. New titles are frequently added so check in often!

Computer Science provides access to leading business and technical periodicals in the computer, telecommunications, and electronics industries. This database provides information on computer-related news and reviews in areas such as hardware, software, electronics, engineering and the application of technology. 

Consumer Health Complete provides content covering all key areas of health and wellness, from mainstream medicine to holistic medicine. In addition to full-text journals, magazines, health reference e-books and evidence-based health reports, Consumer Health Complete includes medical images and diagrams as well as animations with audio narration.  It also offers articles for teens on relevant health topics and articles for their parents. 

Consumer Reports is the world's largest nonprofit product-testing organization and has provided expert, unbiased product reviews for 80+ years. Consumer Reports does not accept outside advertising and tests all the products reviewed. Let them be your guide when making a purchase!

Provides articles from a comprehensive list of Canadian and international journals, magazines, selected sections of the Globe and Mail, and Canadian biographies.

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. 

Includes classics and non-fiction audiobook downloads.

Discovery Service is a research tool that searches several online databases at one time. These databases include those produced by EBSCO, Gale and McGraw-Hill. Easy-to-use filters allow students to find results by format, subject heading or publisher. Please note that Discovery Service does not search ProQuest databases.

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

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.

The entire 32 Volume print Encyclopaedia Universalis is now available online. Students have access to more than 38,000 articles including exclusive articles weekly and monthly dossiers to understand the issues and problems of our times; 25,000 media items; a world atlas with over 1,400+ maps; an integrated dictionary with 120,000 entries; 100,000 bibliographies, original source documents, and a guide to selected Web sites. 

L’encyclopédie Universalis est maintenant disponible en ligne dans sa totalité. C’est un outil de recherche très efficace et ingénieux qui met plus de 38 000 articles à notre portée, incluant des articles hebdomadaires exclusifs ainsi que des dossiers mensuels pour comprendre les problèmes de notre époque; 25, 000 documents médiatiques; atlas du monde contenant plus de 1400+ cartes; dictionnaire intégré de 120 000 mots et expressions; 100 000 bibliographies, documents originaux, et un guide de sites Web choisis. 

Entrepreneurship is designed to support learning for business students as well as assist entrepreneurs.  Users can access more than 500 full-text academic journals and magazines covering a wide range of economic and business topics.  Content also includes insights, tips, strategies and success stories for small business owners. 

Flipster is an easy-to-use digital magazine newsstand that you can use on your PC, tablet or phone. Titles available through Flipster include People Weekly, Minecraft World, Real Simple, Harvard Health Letter, Forbes and Architectural Digest.

With access to the entire Sony Entertainment catalogue, Freegal Music offers hundreds of thousands of songs, over 100 genres of music and more than 50 record labels.  All you need to stream up to 3 hours of music a day is a library card.  This premium service is offered free-of-charge to APL cardholders.


Want to learn a new skill? Gale Courses provides more than 360 six-week long, online programs taught by college instructors. New courses begin each month, and lessons are assigned twice a week, enhanced with images, videos, and games to support varied learning styles. Users will enjoy a self-paced learning environment and still have an opportunity to interact with fellow students and instructor through weekly discussion boards. All you need is an APL card!
Offers 200 APL-selected reference eBooks covering such diverse topics as the arts, business, environment, history, literature, science and multicultural studies.
Health and Wellness 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.

Not sure what training or skills are needed for a particular job? Use Vocations and Careers to research potential careers. This database can also assist users who are interested in professional development. This database offers current content from general career guides to highly specialized industry journals

PowerSearch allows you to search all a number of Gale databases simultaneously. Databases include Academic OneFile, General OneFile, CPI.Q, Health and Medicine, LegalTrac and Computer Science.
Gale General OneFile provides access to over 15000 general reference magazines, newspapers and reference books.  The user-friendly interface makes it easy to find information on a wide range of subjects including business, fashion, home, travel and sports.

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.

This database provides access to full text and images of respected nursing, allied health and medical journals; consumer health magazines; newspaper articles and reference books.

Home Improvement Reference Center features full-text content that provides users with detailed, user-friendly "how-to" information. More than 200 full-text reference books and magazines are indexed on topics including maintenance, plumbing, electrical work and outdoor improvements. 

Homework Central connects younger students to comprehensive databases that will help them complete their research assignments. Students will be able to retrieve 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.

LearningExpress Library has academic, test prep and career-related resources.  Organized into different learning centers, this e-resource offers support for students from Grade 4 to college.  Resources are also available for those looking for a new career or those studying for their citizenship. 

Students and legal researchers will find 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 offers thousands of online courses taught by industry experts.  Users can learn in-demand tech skills, increase business knowledge and enhance creativity.  Completion certificates can be displayed on your LinkedIn profile. Courses are offered in French, German, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese and Spanish.  Note: Enter Aurora Public Library's LinkedIn Library ID: aurorapl when using the LinkedIn Learning App on a mobile device.

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!

Always wanted to learn a language? Check out Mango Languages!  With seventy languages to choose from, Mango Languages offers courses where users of all ages can learn at their own pace. Mango uses a wide variety of exercises and learning activities so learners can pick up on new vocabulary, improve pronunciation, and boost their cultural IQ.

MasterFILE Premier 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.

National Geographic Kids provides information on science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space. Students can play games, watch high-quality videos or browse issues of National Geographic Kids magazine. They can also visit countries virtually and learn a number of fun facts about each one.

National Geographic Virtual Library provides access to digital content that engages and informs students, researchers, and general readers from National Geographic Traveler and National Geographic History magazines.  Readers will find videos, full-color maps, and hundreds of National Geographic imagesThis database also brings together a complete archive of National Geographic magazine - every page of every issue - along with a cross-searchable collection of National Geographic books, maps, images, and videos.

NoveList provides library users with reading recommendations to help them find their next great read. You can use NoveList to find similar authors or books to the ones you already know and love or use its powerful advanced search functionality to find more books that have the appeal factors you like to read. If you need help finding your next read, then use NoveList!

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.

Nursing and Allied Health provides access to full-text titles on supporting specialized care, treatment, and patient management. 

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.

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! 

Primary Search is a full-text database of carefully curated content for children. It includes full text for popular children's magazines and eBooks. Magazine titles include Ladybug, Spider, Girls' Life and Sports Illustrated Kids.

Search all of the available ProQuest databases (including eLibrary, the Historical Newspaper archives and SIRS Discoverer) using this one powerful tool. Students of all ages can retrieve the information they need in one search!

Psychology provides researchers, psychologists and counselors with access to journals in all fields of psychology— abnormal, biological, cognitive, developmental, personality and social psychology.

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!

Romance BookCloud provides access to a curated collection of romance ebooks.  With a core collection of 1800 titles, including award winners and best sellers, plus new books added all the time, you will never run out of romance to read.

Researchers using Science can remain current with the latest scientific developments in particle physics, advanced mathematics, nanotechnology, geology, and hundreds of other areas. Key subjects covered include the biological sciences, computing, engineering, and technology.

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.

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.

TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books that kids will enjoy reading. Kindergarten to Grade 6 students can access over 1100 titles including read-along chapter books, nonfiction titles and Graphic novels. 


TumbleMath uses stories and literature to teach children math concepts. They combine animation, narration and sound to create a captivating story for students of all ages.

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

World Book Discover is aimed at students who are reading below grade level because of language or learning difficulties. Content has been specifically developed for these students and is ideal for reluctant readers, ELL, ESL, and adult literacy students.  It is optimized for iPads and the most popular Android devices.

Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos provides thousands of easy-to-read articles for children in Spanish. It also includes videos, interactive maps and a wide variety of games and activities. 

Es una herramienta de referencia en español para niños. Contiene miles de artículos fáciles de leer y repletos de ilustraciones, videos, mapas interactivos y una amplia variedad de juegos y actividades.

Developed for children in grades one through four, World Book Kids uses educational games, activities and projects to introduce online research skills to primary students. World Book Kids is designed to encourage young learners to be curious about their world. 

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 Kids (ages 6-10), Student (ages 11-14), Advanced (14+), Discover, and Timelines.

World History provides historians and academics with access to scholarly journals and magazines focusing on events in world history.

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.