Public Library: Online resources

I don't know if this qualifies as hidden, but it certainly is a gem. As well as books and DVDs the Ottawa Public Library offers online access to a large selection of online resources. Linked to from the homepage and from the 'Find an item' menu, anyone with a library card can access free and commercial databases organized by subject and format.

  • In the market for a new barbeque? Check out Consumer Reports.
  • Interested in current events around the world, search an archive of hundreds of newspapers.
  • Wonder why your car is making that odd noise, find service bulletins on your car (Auto Repair Reference Center).
  • Need homework help, try the eLibrary Elementary database.
  • Access a full-text search of the Globe and Mail from 1844 onwards!

Oh, I could go on and on.

If you don't know where to start, try the AskON online reference service, "A free information service for Ontarians, provided by Ontario's public libraries. Chat live with askON staff from Ontario libraries."

The possibilities are limitless.