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Available via the Internet

A guide to locating magazine articles that contain how-to information, instructions, plans, suggestions and tips on how to solve and prevent problems, construct projects, pursue an art, craft, or hobby.

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Paid for by VPL

This streaming movie collection of about 6,500 titles provides unlimited access to award-winning independent shorts, feature films, classic TV and international documentaries from 90 countries. Search or browse the collection by: country, film festival, or language (50).


  • VPL will create an account for you for this service. If you do not have an email address on file with the library, please contact us.
  • Browser limitation - In order to view films through the library subscription, use Firefox 3.0, Safari 5.0, Google Chrome 16 (or above). IE 11 is not currently compatible with the library’s subscription to this service.
  • Some content on IndieFlix may not be suitable for all audiences. Parents or caregivers are responsible for children's use of IndieFlix.

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Full-text current and historical Canadian newspapers, magazines, trade publications and broadcast transcripts; limited US and international news sources. Also includes corporate information and Equifax Commercial Law records.

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Available via the Internet

The International Children’s Digital Library (ICDL) is a collection of over 4000 historical and contemporary children’s books in more than 50 languages (including bilingual books) from around the world. Titles must be read online for copyright reasons, but the site is designed specifically for children and is very easy to navigate. They also provide an application for use with iPhone and iPad.

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Available via the Internet
Free Resource

The Internet Archive (IA) is a non-profit digital library offering permanent access to collections of digitized materials, including books (more than 250,000 texts from Canadian libraries), websites, audio, and moving images. The IA also provides specialized services for the blind and other persons with disabilities. EBooks can be easily downloaded in a variety of formats including ePub, PDF, Daisy, Kindle and DjVu.

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Electronic resources are restricted by license agreements to Vancouver Public Library card holders and to on-site users for purposes of research and private study. A few additional electronic resources are limited to City of Vancouver residents when using from home. Commercial use and systematic downloading, copying or distributing of information are expressly prohibited. Users are individually responsible for compliance with these terms.

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