2022 resource update

Brampton Library takes great responsibility in being an effective steward of the public’s resources. Each year, all eResource subscriptions are assessed for performance, demand and return on investment. We look at key indicators, including year-over-year growth, estimated cost per use, and renewal cost, to determine subscription recommendations for the upcoming calendar year. We also examine content quality and availability, accessibility, user experience, customer feedback, and other factors to inform these decisions.

After careful review and consideration, the following online resource subscriptions will no longer be offered, effective December 30, 2021.

Cantook Station

Though the last day for Cantook Station access will be December 30, 2021, we are pleased to provide free access to French-language e-books through cloudLibrary. For free digital issues of French-language magazines and newspapers, we encourage you to discover PressReader. See Getting Started with cloudLibrary and Getting Started with PressReader to learn more. 

LearningExpress Library Canada

The last day of access to LearningExpress Library Canada will be December 30, 2021. If you found LearningExpress Library helpful, we highly recommend you try Brainfuse HelpNow

Brainfuse HelpNow is a service that supports students at every stage of learning and includes study materials, practice tests, and live one-on-one support with an online tutor. You can also get help with Microsoft Office, access career resources, and find support for the EQAO, OSSLT, Canadian Citizenship, and GED. See Getting Started with Brainfuse HelpNow to learn more.

For profession-specific test preparation, you can check out the following resources:

STEM Village

Though the last day of access to STEM Village will be December 30, 2021, we are pleased to provide free access to resources for K-8 learning. 

  • Brainfuse HelpNow gives students access to learning resources STEM subject areas in SkillSurfer, aligned with the Ontario curriculum. Live, one-on-one help is available online every day from 2:00 pm-11:00 pm to support students with homework and STEM learning. See Getting Started with Brainfuse HelpNow to learn more.
  • Gamify your child’s learning experience with Launchpads! Launchpads are educational tablets, pre-loaded with apps, videos, and games designed for hours of interactive learning. Some themes of interest include Critical Thinking & Strategy, Math, Science, and STEAM. Go to our catalog to place a hold. 
  • Check out our Virtual STEM Challenges for fun, educational activities you can try with materials found around your home.
  • Visit Student Resources on our website to discover more options.

World Book Student

Though last day of access to World Book Student will be December 30, 2021, we recommend the following free options for K-8 research support:

We appreciate your use of Brampton Library’s eResources and apologize for any inconvenience these service changes may cause. 

For additional assistance, please contact us through Ask a Question or call 905.893.4636.

Thank you for your understanding and ongoing support of Library services. 

All Brampton Library Branches Open to Serve You on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 

Written by Todd Kyle, Chief Executive Officer 

In my last blog, I expressed hope that we would reopen our remaining branches by the end of summer, and I am thrilled to announce that it is possible to keep my promise, with all eight branch libraries open to serve you, beginning next Tuesday.

On behalf of our Library Board members, staff, and volunteers, thank you for your patience! We know that you have missed us and we have truly missed all of you. It’s been a long wait.

As libraries were permitted to reopen and to offer browsing and study with capacity limits, we chose to take a cautious approach, opening our stand-alone branches for limited hours, while offering Curbside Pickup where we share space with a school, recreation centre, or early childhood centre.

I am delighted to confirm that we have now made arrangements with our partners to safely open Gore Meadows, Mount Pleasant Village, and South Fletcher’s Branch Libraries. Starting on Tuesday, September 7th, these branches, plus Chinguacousy, Cyril Clark, Four Corners, and Springdale, will be open Monday through Thursday, from 10:00 am until 9:00 pm, and Friday through Sunday, from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm. Our South West Branch Library in the Lionhead Marketplace will be open when the EarlyON centre that shares our space is closed, as noted below. 

As of this Tuesday, September 7, South West Branch Library will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm and Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm. This branch is closed on Sundays and Mondays. 

All of our locations will be open for you to discover, borrow, browse, relax, study, and access our computers and Chromebooks, while observing masking and physical distancing guidelines. For the time being, in-person programming and group activities, including our MakerSpaces, remain unavailable. For more information about virtual programming, click Calendar of Events on our homepage.

While this is wonderful news to share, we still face uncertainty in this pandemic: vaccination rates are high, but case counts have risen with the spread of the Delta variant. The successful reopening of all our library branches and the community as a whole requires a high rate of vaccination. My message to you is to get vaccinated as soon as you can. To find out more, visit the Peel Public Health website, call the provincial booking line at 1 (833) 943-3900 (TTY: 1(866) 797-0007), click the link on the top of every page of our website, and follow our retweets on Twitter.

We can’t wait to welcome you back to your favourite branch on Tuesday, September 7th!

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