I have been a member of the Brampton Library since I was in High School. During this time, I relied on eBooks to read some of my favourite fiction novels. I especially enjoyed eBooks on vacations and summer holidays. Also throughout university, I have used eLearning websites such as Lynda.com and eBooks to further understand my area of study. You could only imagine my excitement when I found out that the Brampton Library offered many more free digital resources for its members.

To become a member all you need is a library card and when you come into to any branch, the library staff can help you register for one.The membership includes access to a range of digital borrowing from eBooks, eLearning, eMusic, Television, Audiobooks and eMagazines. The Brampton Library’s focus is on providing customers with access to helpful and knowledge based resources. I need to share these resources with you because of how they have helped me. In a series of blog posts, I will explore and introduce all the digital resources that the Brampton Library offers.

I like to say that knowledge is at your fingertips with eLearning resources because you get access to Lynda.com, Gale Courses and other resources where you can learn new languages, prepare for tests, and study for the Canadian Citizenship Test. You can access eLearning resources through this link here.

The Brampton Library also offers resources for on-the-go reading through an online library of eBooks and audiobooks. This is a great option if you:

  • Have a busy schedule and do not have time to come to the library
  • If you like to listen to books while you work or exercise
  • If the book you want in the library is on hold and the eBook or audiobook is available
  • Or, you prefer eBooks or audiobooks over physical books

There are many options and genres to choose from including fiction, non-fiction and children's books and stories. These can be accessed through the link here.

A wide selection of Newspapers and eMagazines can also be accessed through digital resources. You can borrow travel magazines, fashion magazines, food magazines, lifestyle magazines or whatever suits your taste. If you would like to stay up to date on news stories in your neighbourhood and internationally, you can use the online Newspapers as a resource through an application on your mobile phone or on your desktop computer. These resources can be accessed here.

Meanwhile eMusic, eMovies and TV can be indulged in during your free time or whenever you want to listen to music, watch movies and TV shows. For example, Kanopy’s platform allows for an allotted number of movies and free access to all children's films. You can access them here.

As this series continues, I will be giving a detailed insight on all of these resources, how to use them and how to register for them using your library card.

Thank you for reading!

- Latifat

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