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A to Z list of all library databases

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Surrey residents: Use your library card to access research databases from home.

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A-to-Z/Full Text Finder — Search for magazines and newspapers by title.

Academic Search Elite — More than 2,000 full text scholarly journals.

Alldata — Automotive repair information from manufacturer's manuals, 1982 to present. Available in library only at the City Centre, Guildford and Newton.

Ancestry Library — International genealogy resource with the largest online Canadian family history collection, searchable by surname. Includes many digitized full records. Available in library only at the Cloverdale Library Family History department.

Ancient & Medieval History Online — Cultures of ancient Egypt, ancient Mesopotamia, ancient Greece, ancient Rome, ancient and medieval Africa, medieval Europe, the Americas, and ancient and medieval Asia. Includes biographies, timelines, maps and videos.

AutoMate — AutoMate provides accurate and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of vehicles. This includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, service bulletins and recalls, and more. All content comes from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM).

Auto Repair Reference Centre — Try out our new service AutoMate above.



BC Codes — B.C. Building Code, B.C. Fire Code, and B.C. Plumbing Code. Available in library only at all Surrey Libraries.

BiblioBoard — Access ebooks and media from local authors and creators. Also find curated ebooks, images, articles, videos and audio from around the world. App Available 

Business Plans Handbook — Hundreds of business plans compiled by entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses.

Business Source Premier — Country economic data, company profiles, industry information, and market research.



Canadian Legal Education Society of BC — Family Law Sourcebook, Family Law Practice manual, and many more. Available in library only at all Surrey Libraries. Please see staff for help.

Canadian Newsstream — Daily and local newspapers. Includes Vancouver Sun, Province, Globe & Mail, National Post, and Surrey Leader. Some papers are not available for 2 days after publication. Now includes obituary search.

CareerAIM — Canada's largest single source of job postings. Includes job boards, industry job sites, corporate websites, newspapers, and all levels of government postings. Available in library only at all Surrey Libraries. Up to 3 users at a time.​

Career Cruising — Explore the world of work, or research a career change. Includes career profiles, employment guide, job postings and more.

CELA (Centre for Equitable Library Access) Collection — CELA offers a collection of over 230,000 books, magazines, newspapers and described videos in multiple formats for people with a print disability. To register please go to

Consumer Health Complete — Articles and ebooks on mainstream and alternative health, both popular and academic.

Consumer Reports — Search Consumer Reports magazine articles.



EBSCO — A great starting place for any topic. Watch a video tutorial to get started. EBSCO is our largest collection of databases. App available, more instructions here.

Edmark — Preschool learning games for science, math games, colouring, and matching.

Encyclopaedia Universalis — French language encyclopedia for native French speakers, bilingual students, or anyone learning French. Published by Encyclopedia Britannica.

Encyclopaedia Universalis Junior — French language encyclopedia for ages 7 and older. Covers subjects studied in school and of interest to children. Based on the Britannica Student Encyclopedia.

European Views of the Americas: 1493 to 1750 — Contains more than 32,000 entries and is a comprehensive guide to printed records about the Americas written in Europe before 1750.

Explora — An easy to use search for EBSCO databases. For homework and research on many subjects.



Find My Past — World Collection includes U.K., U.S., Irish, Australia, New Zealand, and many smaller record sets from around the world including the 1939 Register. Also includes British genealogy resources: 1911 U.K. census, British military records, English births, marriages, deaths and more. Available in library only at the Cloverdale Library Family History department.

Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia — More than 25,000 encyclopedia articles covering most subject areas.



Global Road Warrior — Travel and cultural information for students, travelers, or business. Includes high-resolution maps and photos.

GreenFile — Articles on environmental topics.



HeritageQuest — Combines digital, searchable images of U.S. federal census records with other genealogical and historic collections. Available in library only at the Cloverdale Library Family History department.



IndieFlix — Watch movies online. Includes film festival hits, family movies, classics, documentaries, and more. App available.



JobFreeway — Search for jobs, post your resume. Employers can search for candidates in B.C. Available in library only at all Surrey Libraries.



Learning Express — Practice tests and tutorial courses. Includes job search skills, computer skills (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Adobe, more), professional and student exams (TOEFL, GED, GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT) and more. New users: Create a free account.

LISTA — Indexing and abstracts for journals, books, reports and proceedings related to library and information science. — Online video courses taught by world experts. More than 4000 courses including software, business strategies, algebra and much more.
New users create an account with your library card. You can also download the app. Under the “Organization” tab type in and click login. You’ll be taken out of the app to login through the website with your library card number and pin. For password changes, contact Client Services directly at 1-888-335-9632, extension 623.



Mango Languages — Learn languages online. More than 34 languages, including English. Create a profile to track your progress. App available.

Martin's Online Criminal Code — Legal research tool providing access to the Criminal Code and corresponding commentary. Browse through previous versions of Martin's Annual Criminal Code, or search for a particular section or subsection at a specific date. Available in library only at all Surrey Libraries.

Masterfile Premier — Nearly 2,000 magazines covering all subjects.



Naxos Music Library — Listen to music online. More than 85,000 audio tracks of classical, jazz, world, and folk music. Read notes on the works being played or biographies of composers. Up to 5 users at a time. App available.

Naxos Spoken Word Library — Listen to audiobooks online. More than 500 classics, biographies, non-fiction and poetry for adults and kids. Up to 5 users at a time.

NNELS  — Downloadable eBooks and audiobooks for people with print disabilities that prevent them from reading a traditional book. You will need to first register with our READ-Ability department before using NNELS.

NoveList — Fiction reading recommendations for adults, teens, and kids. Includes plot summaries, author read-alikes, award winners, book reviews, discussion guides and more.



OverDrive (Surrey eLibrary) — Downloadable ebooks and audiobooks. Get help with ebooks. Two apps available, an Overdrive legacy app and a newer 'Libby by Overdrive' app.

OverDrive for Kids — Downloadable ebooks and audiobooks for all grades (K-12) and interest levels. Two apps available, an Overdrive legacy app and a newer 'Libby by Overdrive' app.



Points to the Past — Nearly 200 million pages of digitized, rare historical content. Includes searchable primary source material such as maps, photos, newspapers, manuscripts, pamphlets, portraits, sermons, poems, and more. For research, teaching, and learning.

Press Reader — More than 1000 newspapers in 40 languages from 84 countries. Carries today's paper and archives up to 60 days. Please note, pages will print with a watermark. Up to 5 users at a time.

Pressbooks — Interested in getting your novel, memoir, poetry collection, children's book and more in eBook and print-ready formats? Pressbooks Public is an easy-to-use online tool that allows you to create professional quality versions of your book in ePUB, MOBI, PDF and more — all through your library.

Primary Search Read articles from popular children's magazines. For elementary school projects and homework.

ProQuest Digital Microfilm  Read full image copies of The Vancouver Sun or The Province newspapers. Archives from 2011 to present, 3 month embargo.



RBdigital — Downloadable audiobooks and ebooks. Formerly known as OneClick Digital. App available.

RBdigital Magazines — Download magazines. More than 200 titles, including National Geographic, Billboard, Martha Stewart Living, & US Weekly. RB digital delivers the exact same content you get in print, plus exclusive features like video and audio. Formerly known as Zinio. App available.

Reference Canada — Comprehensive database of 1.5 million Canadian businesses and 12 million households, great for market research and job hunting. Search by name, industry, location, business size, or phone. Up to 5 users at a time.

Regional Business News — Incorporates coverage of more than 80 regional business publications covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.

Road to IELTS A practice resource for IELTS. Track your progress on practice exams and use more than 100 hours of interactive activities including advice, hints and tips on question types. Up to 5 users at a time.

Rosetta Stone — Improve your English or learn one of 30 different languages with this fun and intuitive learning tool. App available. 



Scholastic BookFLIX — Watch, read, play and learn with your favourite stories! Includes read-alongs, educational games, fact and fiction book pairings on popular themes.

Science Online — Diagrams, experiments, biographies and more. For school projects and homework grades 4 through 12.

Scotland Places Search across three national databases to access historical resources relating to places throughout Scotland.

SELF-e For author submission to BiblioBoard, a platform featuring local digital content.

Small Engine Repair Reference Center Repair information for ATVs, generators, boat motors, motorcycles, outdoor power equipment, personal water crafts, snowmobiles and tractors.

Statistics - Search statistics from the federal and provincial governments, and by the City of Surrey

CANSIM - Statistics Canada's key socioeconomic database. Updated daily, CANSIM provides fast and easy access to a large range of the latest statistics available in Canada.
BC Statistics - Wide range of data and statistics provided by the B.C. Government
Surrey's Open Data - Over 350 open data sets covering a range of topics. Free to use and provided by the City of Surrey.

Surrey eLibrary (OverDrive) — Downloadable ebooks and audiobooks. Get help with ebooks. Two apps available, an Overdrive legacy app and a newer 'Libby by Overdrive' app.



Teacher Reference Center — Provides indexing and abstracts for 280 of the most popular teacher and administrator journals and magazines to assist professional educators.

TumbleBook Library — Animated picturebooks, games, and puzzles for kids. Titles in English, French and some Spanish.



UniversalisSee Encyclopaedia Universalis



Vehicle Safety & Inspection Standards Online — B.C. bulletins, fact sheets, laws and inspection manuals relating to vehicle safety. Available in library only at all Surrey Libraries.


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