Databases A to Z

A Note About All NVDPL E-Resources

NVDPL E-Resources are available to residents of the District of North Vancouver with an NVDPL library card in good standing (i.e., fines no more than $5). If you don't have an NVDPL library card, please Get In Touch.

Need help getting started? Click the "Tutorials" button on the right side of the screen and select the resource you want to learn more about.

If you are having trouble accessing any e-resource, please contact E-Support.

Academic Search Elite

Academic Search Elite contains full text articles for more than 2,100 academic journals. Subjects covered include biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, psychology, religion & theology among others.

Ancestry Library Edition (currently available for home use)

A popular database for genealogical research. This resource includes records from around the world, including from the US, UK and Canadian census and vital records, immigration and passport records, periodicals and books, photos, and more.

Note: Access to this resource has been temporarily extended to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry. Please contact a North Vancouver District Public Library staff member at for instructions on how to access this resource. Once you have your access credentials, please click here.

BC Codes

BC Fire Code - contains technical requirements for fire safety within a community
BC Building Code - applies to the construction of buildings
BC Plumbing Services ( part 7 of the BC Building Code)

BC Laws

The current laws of British Columbia including Statutes, Regulations, Third Reading Bills, Orders in Council, BC Gazette II and more.

BC Stats

Full text of many statistical reports from BC Stats. 

Canadian Newsstream

Full text access to over 300 BC and major Canadian daily newspapers. Titles include The Vancouver Sun, The Province, Vancouver Courier, Times Colonist, National Post, Globe and Mail, as well as local papers such as the North Shore News. Content for some titles starts as far back as the 1970s. Canadian Newsstream content is updated daily. Some titles are not available for two days after publication.

Consumer Reports

Electronic version of Consumer Reports magazine.

Consumer Reports Buying Guide

Annual Consumer Reports Buying Guides from 1999 to the present.

Explora (formerly EbscoHost)

Find information on almost any topic. Explora brings together content from Ebsco's well-known databases: Academic Search Elite, MasterFile Premier, and GreenFILE.

 Federal Science Library

 The Federal Science Library is a one-stop, self-serve web portal that makes government research and resources visible to all Canadians by connecting them with the collections of seven departmental libraries. The portal allows users to view or request items from a vast collection of publications in science, technology, engineering and health and other related economic, policy and program information. Wherever possible, departmental publications, reports, data sets and other content are freely available for anyone to access or download. It also gives users the option to expand their search beyond the holdings of the seven federal science libraries to include millions of publications from around the globe.

Federal Science Library partners

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Health Canada
  • National Research Council Canada
  • Natural Resources Canada
  • Public Health Agency of Canada

Available in the library and at home within Canada. No library card required.

Libby & Library2Go (OverDrive)

Now you can take great books with you wherever you go! Download books to your Apple or Android mobile device, Kobo e-reader, mp3 player and enjoy them on the go!

Download the app for your device at OverDrive's Device Help page.

Need help getting started? Access this Tutorial, or view the OverDrive's help pages.

Online education database offering over 5,000 video courses by top experts in many fields including web design, business/marketing, software development, photography, video/music/audio editing, 3D animation, graphic design and more. This database requires registration with a valid email address.

Need help getting started? Access this Tutorial.

Mango Languages

Over 70 self-paced language learning courses and dialects. Learners are introduced to vocabulary, cultural insights, grammar and more. The courses are delivered by native speakers. They include critical-thinking and memory-building exercises. Once you have logged in, create a profile to track your learning, or proceed in 'guest' mode.

Need help getting started? Access this Tutorial.

MasterFILE Premier

Covers popular magazines on virtually every subject area of general interest.

Novelist Plus

Do you want to know what to read next? Novelist Plus contains reviews of over 200,000+ fiction and non-fiction titles. Search by author, title, series or plot. Includes lists of award-winning books, discussion guides, recommended reads and even create a personal reading list!

Need help getting started? Access this Tutorial.

Points to the Past

Points to the Past provides access to nearly 200 million pages of digital historical content. Searchable primary source historical material dating 1450-2008, including maps, photos, newspapers, manuscripts, pamphlets, portraits, sermons and poems for research, teaching and learning. Includes titles from the Smithsonian, publications and archives of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, documents from the Slavery and Anti-Slavery Transnational Archive, treaties, state papers, declassified documents, British literary manuscripts, and more.

Available in the library and at home within BC. No library card required. 


PressReader offers e-newspapers and e-magazines from around the world in dozens of languages. Includes today's Vancouver Sun, the Province and the Globe and Mail.  (Globe and Mail available in-library only.)

Along with today's news, PressDisplay has past editions for up to 90 days. The mobile app is available here.

Need help getting started? Access this Tutorial, or view the PressReader help centre.

RBdigital Magazines & Audiobooks

Enjoy a wide selection of magazines, audiobooks, ebooks and movies available through RBdigital.

Need help getting started? Access this Tutorial, or check out the RBdigital's help pages.

Vehicle Safety and Inspection Standards Online - VSIS Online (in-library use only)

Provides current access to vehicle safety and inspection standards and related BC legislation.  (In-library use only.)