Databases A to Z

A Note About All NVDPL E-Resources

Access to NVDPL E-Resources is limited to residents of the District of North Vancouver with an NVDPL library card whose accounts are in good standing (i.e., less than $5). 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 (in-library use only)

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. (In-library use only.)

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 (formerly QP LegalEze)

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. 

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.


A digital media service that allows you to borrow free audiobooks, ebooks and e-comics (graphic novels). You borrow Hoopla books using a browser on your computer or with the Hoopla app for Apple or Android devices. As you will note when reading the Hoopla terms of use and privacy policy, when you create a Hoopla account, your email address, Hoopla password, library barcode and password and the date of your last login are stored in the US. (Passwords are stored in encrypted form).

First time user? Check out our Get Started with Hoopla guide for more information.

Troubleshooting questions? Contact E-Support.

InstantFlix: Powered by IndieFlix

Streaming video of award-winning shorts, feature films, documentaries and selections from Sundance, Cannes and other film festivals. Some content on InstantFlix may not be suitable for all audiences. Parents or caregivers are responsible for children's use of InstantFlix.

First time user? Check out our Get Started with InstantFlix guide for more information, including informaiton about InstantFlix and your privacy.


Now you can take great books with you wherever you go! Download and read ebooks on your computer or e-reader or listen to audiobooks on your PC or digital audio player at home, in the office, or anywhere in the world. 

First time user? Check out our Get Started with Library2Go guide for more information.

Troubleshooting questions? Contact E-Support.

Note: NVDPL Library2Go access is limited to residents of the District of North Vancouver with an NVDPL library card whose accounts are in good standing (i.e., less than $5 fines). Library2Go/OverDrive recently changed the way it authenticates users to check for these requirements. If you've encountered a problem accessing Library2Go/OverDrive, please contact a librarian at any branch or E-Support to confirm your account is up-to-date. If you have having trouble accessing Library2Go, please contact E-Support.

Log in and learn with! Your NVDPL Card grants you unlimited access to online courses and professional-level video instruction to develop your creative and professional skills. Subject areas include computer software, programming, audio and music production, photography, design, marketing, and 3D animation. It's free for District of North Vancouver residents with a NVDPL card - create a account so you can track your learning and receive certifications for completion! 

Login Requirements: NVDPL card & PIN

Usage Limits: 35 users at a time 

First time user? Check out our Get Started with Lynda guide for more information

Troubleshooting questions? Contact E-Support.

Mango Languages

Mango is an online language learning service that includes over 70 languages for English speakers and English language courses for speakers of 18 other languages.

Where will you go Mango? From Spanish to Swahili, English to Icelandic, and Shakespeare to Pirate, Mango has virtually everyone’s language and culture curiosities covered. With Mango, you don’t have to choose between learning how to say the Spanish, "estoy aprendiendo español," or the Croatian, "učim hrvatski."

Create a simple profile to track your progress and let the learning begin.

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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!

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.

First time user? Check out our Get Started with PressReader guide for more information.

Troubleshooting questions? Contact E-Support.

RBdigital Magazines, Audiobooks and Ebooks

Browse from a wide selection of magazines, audiobooks and ebooks available through RBdigital. Stream or download titles to your home computer or to a mobile device using the RBdigital app. 

First time user? Check out our Get Started with RBdigital guide for more information.

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.)