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A collection of the greatest classic and contemporary cinematic achievements from around the world. Explore the films of Ingmar Bergman, John Cassavetes, Federico Fellini, Akira Kurosawa and more. Includes directors’ cuts, film essays, interviews, and transcripts.

Note: Some content in the Criterion Collection may not be suitable for all audiences. Parents or caregivers are responsible for children's use of the Criterion Collection.

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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).

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  • 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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The largest classical music streaming library in the world -- featuring over 1,600 classical music videos, concerts, operas, ballets, documentaries, master classes, artists’ profiles and educational programmes.
Discover over 100 events live broadcast from the most prestigious venues. Browse the catalogue by: composer, performer, conductor, or musical period.

Generously funded by The Estate of G. Rex DesBrisay.

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An audio streaming listening service with complete catalogues or selected recordings of over 640 labels such as ARC, Berlin Classics, BIS, Capriccio, Chandos, EMI Classics, Erato, Hänssler Classic, Hungaroton, Naïve, Naxos, Nimbus, Ondine, Virgin Classics and Warner Classics. Types of music available include classical, jazz, folk and world.

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An audio streaming listening service offering a wide range of music, from jazz legends to contemporary jazz. Recordings of over 32,000 artists are represented from over 250 labels, including the catalogue of Blue Note Records, Warner Jazz, EMI, Fantasy and others.

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Extensive streaming video library of classical music performances, opera, ballet, live concerts, documentaries. Librettos are included when available.

Generously funded by The Estate of G. Rex DesBrisay.

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Folk music from more than 150 countries, compiled from a range of labels including Smithsonian Folkways and ARC.

Generously funded by The Estate of G. Rex DesBrisay.

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The “world’s largest newsstand” offers full text and full images of more than 200 magazines. Popular and well-known titles such as: Canadian Living, The Economist, Newsweek, The New Yorker, the Oprah Magazine, Reader’s Digest, Rolling Stone can be read on a desktop computer or downloaded via the Zinio for Libraries app. There are no checkout periods and no limits to the number of magazines you can download.

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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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