Digital Content

 

What's with all the hoopla?

Stream and download thousands of movie, TV, music, and audiobook titles from hoopla using your library card. Get started with hoopla!


PressDisplay Newspapers Online

Use PressDisplay to get instant access to over 2300 newspapers in 60 languages from 100 countries. All newspapers appear just like the print version with the full layout preserved with all the text and images viewable.

Over 200 Canadian newspapers are available including:

  • The Globe and Mail
  • National Post
  • Calgary Herald
  • Calgary Sun
  • Edmonton Journal

Online Learning with Gale Courses

Learning doesn't have to stop just because you've left school. With Gale Courses you can take online courses with professional instructors on a wide range of subjects. All you need is a library card and an email address.

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Ancestry Library Edition Family History Research

Ancestry Library Edition brings the world’s most popular consumer online genealogy resource to you through us. Ancestry contains billions of official records for individuals from North America, the UK, Europe, Australia, and more.

Answers await everyone—whether professional or hobbyist, expert or novice, genealogist, or historian—inside the more than 7,000 available databases. Here, you can unlock the story of you with sources like censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, and maps.

Please Note: This resource can only be accessed if you are at the Main or Crossings branch of Lethbridge Public Library by using one of our public computers or our Wi-Fi.


Lethbridge Herald Newspaper Archives

The Lethbridge Herald Newspaper Archives allows you to access digital editions of newspapers from 1905-2007 of The Lethbridge Herald and The Lethbridge Daily Herald. Use the archive to search, view, save and print full-page historical newspapers.


ConsumerReports.org Full Access

Why not get the best? Be an informed shopper with full access to ConsumerReports.org

Access over 5000 expert ratings, buying advice, user reviews, and much more with your library card. Check it out by clicking here.


New Resource: Safari Books Online

Safari Books Online provides access to digital books and videos on consumer technology and programming. The content includes code snippets, certification preparation materials, practice exercises, training videos and much more. Users can search thousands of books simultaneously online, saving time, and quickly finding the information they need.


National Geographic Virtual Library

National Geographic Virtual Library contains the complete digital reproduction of every print issue of National Geographic magazine including every page and photograph - all fully searchable.

Enjoy full access to every magazine from 1888 to the present day of the resource synonymous with exploration, photography, maps, and rethinking the world as we know it.


Car Repair

AllData (only accessible at the Main or Crossings branch)

Welcome to ALLDATA, the leading provider of electronic diagnostic and repair information and services for the automotive service industry. • Manufacturer TSBs and recalls updated daily • Crisp, clear OEM wiring diagrams with connector, ground, power distribution and splice locations • Maintenance tables - view service interval data on one screen • Automatic repair information updates

You cannot use this database at home. It can only be accessed if you are at the Main or Crossings branch of Lethbridge Public Library.

Computers and Technology

Safari Books Online

Safari Books Online provides access to digital books and videos on consumer technology and programming. The content includes code snippets, certification preparation materials, practice exercises, training videos and much more. Users can search thousands of books simultaneously online, saving time and quickly finding the information they need.

Consumer Information

Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports offers:

  • Scientific tests and ratings of thousands of products every year.
  • More than 100 experts working in 7 major areas:
    • Appliances, Cars, Baby and Kids, Electronics, Foods, Health and Family, Recreation and Home Improvement
  • Information that empowers consumers to make the best purchasing decision.

Encyclopedias, Dictionaries and Reference

Credo General Reference Premium

Credo is an online reference service with the full text of 550+ titles from the world's top reference publishers including biographies, reference books, and foreign language dictionaries.

World Book Online

Since 1917, World Book, Inc., has published reference materials for both children and adults that can be depended upon for accuracy, objectivity, and reliability in research. This online reference centre lets you search a variety of reference sources at once and includes the following: * Atlas – containing approximately 750 maps * Back in Time - 14,000 historic articles * Behind the Headlines feature * Dictionary - 250,000 entries * Educators’ Tools – includes topic enrichment resources, classroom activities, and links to lesson plans * Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos - World Book's intermediate Spanish-language encyclopedia * Encyclopedia- more than 26,000 encyclopedia articles, for grades 4 through 12 and adults * Explore Alberta - provides links to resources in World Book Online Reference Center. It also provides assignment topics that lead to in-depth research and links to study-skills information * Features of the Month - special online features filled with articles, multimedia, and interactive quizzes * Magazine Articles - lists of relevant magazine articles for many World Book articles * Media Showcase Feature * Pictures and Illustrations - photographs, animal illustrations, reproductions of great works of art, and more * Sounds - audio clips of bird songs, popular and classical music, national anthems, and more * Special Reports - nearly 400 in-depth feature articles focus on issues surrounding timely topics, important current events, and obituaries of famous people * Student Resources - collection of tools and information to aid you in finding topics for study, conducting research, and reporting in writing or by speech * Surf the Ages – use this special feature to dip into imaginary news sites from Ancient Times, The Middle Ages, or Modern Times * Tables - approximately 2,000 tables cover a huge range from facts about countries to important dates * Today in History - each day of the year important persons or events are showcased * Videos and Animations - more than 100 videos and animations. (Requires Adobe Flash plug-in) * Web Sites - editor selected Web sites, which are linked to relevant World Book articles * What's New - explore some of the highlights of World Book's many new and revised articles

Fiction, Poetry, Literature and the Arts

Booklist Online

Booklist is a 100-year-old journal, published by the American Library Association, whose core mission is to provide public and school librarians with reviews that help them decide what to buy, and can also be used to make reading recommendations. Booklist Online is both a free Web site and a subscription database. The free site offers a generous selection of Booklist content—plus some Web-only features—and is updated daily or weekly, depending on the portion of the site. All the content on the home page can be accessed without a subscription, including any links on the homepage. The content of other main pages on the site is also free - Adult Books, Books for Youth, Media, and Reference. The subscription database contains archived reviews and features that are dynamically linked. The database contains over 100,000 reviews and thousands of features dating back to 1992. Much of the older material is searchable but not linked in the way newer content is.

Books in Print

Global books in print is an indispensible tool for librarians, booksellers, educators, students, and patrons -- anyone researching English-language books, videos, audio cassettes, and publishers all over the world. Access over 6 million English-language titles published in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other countries. BIP includes tables of contents, full text reviews, and annotations. Sub-search areas include: the Children's Room, Fiction Room, and Forthcoming Books Room. Includes an author biography database.

Fiction Connection

Looking for that next good read? A complimentary resource for Global Books in Print subscribers, Fiction Connection is Bowker’s new readers' advisory product. Use Fiction Connection to discover titles similar to those you already enjoy. Or feel free to browse titles by topic, genre, setting, character, location, and timeframe.

Hoopla

Stream and download thousands of movie, TV, music, and audiobook titles from hoopla using your library card

Novelist

A fiction database for over 135,000 fiction titles. Content includes: subject headings, reviews, summaries, author read-alikes, 'what we're reading', book discussion guides, booktalks, and annotated book lists. For school media specialists and teachers there are picture book extenders and articles on teaching with fiction.

Health and Wellness

ALT HealthWatch

Alternative health database provides full text for 180 publications, including full text for many peer-reviewed journals. Alt HealthWatch provides in-depth coverage across the full spectrum of subject areas covered by complementary and alternative medicine dating back to 1990.

Family Behavior Toolbox

The Family Behavior Toolbox (FBT) is designed to be a self-help resource for parents and family members to understand the behavior they are encountering and the options available to deal with it. FBT has been created by the same team responsible for the Child, Adolescent and Autism editions used by professionals around the world.

Health Source - Consumer

Full text database covering topics such as aging, AIDs, cancer, children's health, diabetes, drugs and alcohol, fitness, nutrition, sports medicine, women's health and other topics. Features searchable full text for nearly 150 journals and is updated on a daily basis. Includes Lexi-PALS drug content, which covers over 1,000 generic medications, 100 natural products and 19 vaccines.

Canadian and Albertan History

Alberta Folklore and Local History Collection

The archival collection includes many aspects of the history, tall tales, humour and stories of Alberta. Over 1000 manuscripts, reminiscences, stories, plays, poems, photographs and other materials are included.

Alberta Heritage Digitization Project

Our Future, Our Past: The Alberta Heritage Digitization Project (AHDP) is an ongoing, not-for-profit endeavor to provide all those interested in Alberta's history free, online access to cultural and heritage materials. Browse newspapers from 1885, read entire books about local communities, research legal documents, view historic photographs, and more. Collections include: art, local histories, Calgary Stampede history, medical history, early Alberta newspapers, multicultural Alberta, educational modules, municipal by-laws, Grande Prairie photographs, Nitsitapiisinni: Kainai plants and culture, historical air photos, Southern Alberta folklore, and legal history.

Blackfoot Digital Library

The Blackfoot Digital Library brings together Blackfoot historical documents including field notes, photographs, and recordings.

Canadian Encyclopedia

With the aid of its partners and the generous support of Heritage Canada, Historica presents this site free of charge to all Canadians and to interested users around the world. The site contains the complete text of the acclaimed Canadian Encyclopedia in English and French, the text of the Junior Encyclopedia of Canada (in English only), numerous interactivities, feature articles, games, the Canucklehead Quiz, and an extensive timeline of Canadian and world events. The entire text can be searched via the simple search or advanced search and the user can switch languages at any time.

Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online

Explore the history of Canada's inhabitants and their culture, through this online database of people who played an important role in the formation of what is now Canada. A major research and publishing project launched by the University of Toronto and the Université Laval in 1959, this first phase of the project provides access to the published biographies of persons who died between the years 1000 and 1930 or whose last known date of activity falls within these years. Integrated into the country's largest archival repository, the Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online even paves the way to more extensive research.

Early Canadiana Online

A digital library providing access to more than 2 million pages of Canada's printed heritage. It features works published from the time of the first European settlers up to the early 20th Century. Collections included are: Canadian Women's History, Colonial Government Journals, The Early Governors General of Canada, Early Official Publications, English Canadian Literature, History of French Canada, History of the Hudson's Bay Company, Jesuit Relations, Native Studies, and Reconstituted Debates.

Métis National Council Historical Online Database

The Métis National Council Historical Online Database contains textual information extracted from archival documents relevant to the historical Métis Nation. The website also contains high-resolution digital photography and scans of many of the original documents represented in the database.

National Aboriginal Documents Database

The National Aboriginal Documents Database contains information that can be used for research projects such as documenting land claims, or for studying independent Statutes and Acts, Treaties and Court Decisions.

Our Roots - Canada's Local Histories Online

Have you ever wondered where you can find information about the history of your small town, rural area or large city, the Acadian migration to the Maritimes, Métis heroes, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police or the Irish at Grosse Isle? Canada’s Local Histories online brings Canada’s history to life. Our Roots has over 5,685 digital texts with 1.3 million pages of amazing facts about Canadians and Canada.

Peel's Prairie Provinces Digital Historical Archive

Peel's Prairie Provinces is a resource dedicated to assisting scholars, students, and researchers of all types in their exploration of western Canadian history and the culture of the Canadian prairies. This website contains both an online bibliography of books, pamphlets, and other materials related to the development of the Prairies, as well as a searchable full-text collection of many of these items. Peel contains over 7,600 digitized books and over 60,000 newspaper issues (4.8 million articles).

University of Lethbridge Digital Photograph & Multimedia Collections

In partnership with local community stakeholders, the University of Lethbridge Library identifies materials for digitization which are of particular significance to Southern Alberta and Southern Albertans. Examples have include maps from the Sir Alexander Galt Museum & Archives and historic photographs from the Magee Family Collection. Each of these identified collections were acquired, digitized, described and made freely available on the World Wide Web using specialized digital library software.

Family History

Ancestry Library Edition (only accessible at the Main or Crossings branch)

Ancestry Library Edition brings the world’s most popular consumer online genealogy resource to you through our library. It’s an unprecedented online collection of individuals from North America, the UK, Europe, Australia, and more.

You cannot use this database at home. It can only be accessed if you are at the Main or Crossings branch of Lethbridge Public Library.

Mega Searches

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All Gale Cengage Databases

 

Newspapers and Magazines

Academic Search Elite

Offers full text for more than 2,000 serials, including more than 1,500 peer-reviewed titles. This multi-disciplinary database covers virtually every area of academic study. More than 100 journals have PDF images back to 1985. Updated on a daily basis.

Business Source Elite

Business database provides full text for nearly 1,100 business publications, including full text for nearly 500 peer-reviewed business publications. The rich collection of titles in Business Source Elite provides information dating back to 1985. Updated on a daily basis.

Canadian Newsstand

Canadian Newsstand provides full text access to articles from major Canadian newspapers. Photos, illustrations, graphs, classified ads, advertisements, and stock market reports are excluded. Articles are added to the database 7 days after publication.

Canadian Reference Centre

Combines Canadian magazines, newspapers, newswires and reference books to create the largest collection of regional full text content available to Canadian libraries. This database includes leading Canadian periodicals and international (U.S. and U.K) periodicals in full text; full text reference books; full text biographies and an Image Collection. Updated on a daily basis.

Lethbridge Herald Newspaper Archive

Through NewspaperARCHIVE.com, the world's largest archive of online newspapers, you can access 2,893 newspaper titles online including The Lethbridge Herald and The Lethbridge Daily Herald. Use the archive to view, save and print full-page newspapers from around the world. Content on Access NewspaperARCHIVE is a unique primary resource, as newspapers provide information as news happened and not necessarily the way it was remembered. This resource is available exclusively to Lethbridge Public Library patrons.

Lethbridge News Archive 1885-1902

This archive is part of the Early Alberta Newspaper collection, which contains newspapers that have been scanned from microfilm and microfiche. The collection is organized by the date of the microfilm roll.

MasterFILE Premier

A multidisciplinary database which provides full text for more than 1,700 general reference publications with full text information dating as far back as 1975. Covering virtually every subject area of general interest, including general reference, business, health, education and general science topics. Includes nearly 500 full text reference books, 84,774 biographies, 100,554 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of 202,164 photos, maps and flags. Updated daily.

National Geographic Magazine Virtual Library

National Geographic Magazine Virtual Library contains complete digital reproduction of every print issue of National Geographic magazine including every page and photograph - all fully searchable. Enjoy full access to every issue from 1888 to the present day of the resource synonymous with exploration, photography, maps, and rethinking the world as we know it.

PressDisplay

Use PressDisplay to get instant access to over 2300 newspapers in 54 languages from 97 countries. All newspapers appear just like the print version with the full layout preserved with all the text and images viewable.

Over 200 Canadian newspapers are available including The Globe and Mail, National Post, Calgary Herald, Calgary Sun, and Edmonton Journal.

Regional Business News

Provides full text coverage of 75 business journals, newspapers and newswires from all metropolitan and rural areas in the U. S. Updated daily.

Southern Alberta Historical Newspaper Collection

The Southern Alberta Newspaper Collection contains locally digitized content from the following historical newspapers: Alberta Star, Barons Enterprise, Barons Globe, Cardston News, Cardston Record, Kainai News, Macleod Advertiser, Macleod Chronicle, Macleod Gazette, Macleod News, Macleod Spectator & Milk River Review.

Zinio Digital Magazines

Zinio is an online magazine service that allows access to over 70 of your favorite magazines digitally through the library on computers (PC and Mac), tablets, and smartphones.

There are no limits on the number of people being able to access the collection at once, so library cardholders are able to read digital copies of their favourite magazines anytime, from anywhere.

Zinio’s unique digital platform recreates a magazine page-for-page, so that the online version is exactly like the print edition with several enhancements including easy navigation, keyword searching and embedded interactive media.

Online Training

Gale Courses

 Gale Courses offers a wide range of highly interactive, instructor led courses that you can take entirely online.   As a library card holder in good standing, you are entitled to these courses at no cost. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month. Courses are on subjects such as Accounting and Finance, Business, Computer Applications, Design and Composition, Health Care and Medical, Language and Arts, Personal Development, Teaching and Education, Technology, and Writing and Publishing.

Mango Languages

Mango uses real-life situations and actual conversations to more effectively teach a new language.

By listening to and repeating after material designed from native conversations, you'll not only learn the individual words and phrases, you'll know how they're used in practical situations and conversations.

You'll learn more than grammar, vocabulary and conjugation, you'll learn how to communicate.

Sciences

Educational Resource Information Center (ERIC)

The Educational Resource Information Center, provides access to education literature and resources. Includes full text of more than 2200 digests and citation information for an additional 1000 educational journals.

GreenFILE

 

Science Reference Centre

Travel and Culture

Country Insights

Get country facts and answers to your intercultural questions from a Canadian and a local point of view. This information is provided by the Centre for Intercultural Learning.

Travel Reports and Warnings

Travel Reports offer information on safety and security, local laws and customs, entry requirements, health conditions and other important travel issues. The information is provided by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada.