A-Z Resources


Alberta Online Encyclopedia

The Alberta Online Encyclopedia is a multi-media encyclopedia that showcases all aspects of the historical, cultural, natural, scientific and technological heritage of Alberta. Note: Red Deer Public Library does not subscribe to Alberta Online Encyclopedia. This is just a link to the freely available version on the Internet.

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Alberta Research Portal

The Alberta Research Portal provides free access to the following resources:

  • 19th Century North American Newspapers
  • 19th Century U.K. Periodicals
  • American Fiction 1774-1920
  • Archives of Human Sexuality & Gender
  • Associated Press Collections Online
  • Brazilian & Portuguese History & Culture
  • British Literary Manuscripts Online
  • British Newspapers I-V
  • Burney Collection of 17th/18th Century Newspapers
  • Chatham House Online Archive
  • China-From Empire to Republic
  • Crime Punishment and Popular Culture 1790-1920
  • Daily Mail Historical Archive 1896-2004
  • Early Arabic Printed Books
  • Eighteenth Century Collections Online
  • Financial Times Historical Archives 1888-2010
  • Gale World Scholar: Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Indigenous Peoples of North America
  • Liberty Magazine Historical Archive 1924-1950
  • Making of the Modern World
  • Nineteenth Century Collections Online
  • Picture Post Historical Archive 1938-1957
  • Punch Historical Archive 1841-1992
  • Sabin Americana
  • Slavery & Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive
  • Smithsonian Collections Online
  • State Papers Online 1509-1714
  • State Papers Online 18th Century 1714-1782
  • The Economist Historical Archive
  • The Illustrated London News Historical Archive 1842-2003
  • The Independent Digital Archive 1986-2012
  • The Listener Historical Archive 1929-1991
  • The Sunday Times Digital Archive 1822-2006
  • The Telegraph Historical Archive 1855-2000
  • The Times Digital Archive 1785-2008
  • The Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive 1902-2009

This resource is provided by The Alberta Library.

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Ancestry: Library Edition

Important: Ancestry: Library Edition is only available for use while on site at the library. Remote access ended Dec. 31, 2021.

Ancestry® Library Edition delivers billions of records from North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, and more. 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, maps, and more. 

Need help? Try their YouTube channel for step-by-step guides or see helpful resources here.

Please note that Ancestry Library Edition has different features than private subscriptions of Ancestry.com. Certain personalized functions, options, databases, and collections may not be available.

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AudioBookCloud eBooks & eAudiobooks New!

Find even more fiction and non-fiction audiobooks for adults, teens, and kids with AudioBookCloud! These audio books can be used simultaneously, so there’s never a wait list.


Book Connections What Do I Read Next? New! Library Card Required.

Bring reading to life! Book Connections strives to joyfully enrich everyone's experience reading children's and young adult books. Includes resources to support young readers, including author interviews, book trailers, reading lists, and more. It even offers support for homeschooling or homework.

At the login screen, sign in with your library card number. 


Canadian Citizenship Course New!

Use coupon code: 4CM35827 and follow these steps for free access to the Canadian Citizenship Course.

Prepare for the Canadian Citizenship Test with the Canadian Citizenship Course, opens a new window. You can access all Canadian Citizenship Test questions to start preparing for your citizenship test using coupon code 4CM35827 to take the course for free. The program is designed to help all newcomers looking to get their Canadian Citizenship. The tests and course can be accessed from via computer, phone, or tablet and you have the option of installing the app on their mobile devices.

Consumer Reports Library Card Required.

ConsumerReports.org provides ratings and reviews, recommendations and buying advice for thousands of products and services.

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Encyclopaedia Britannica Online

A good starting point for all research. Includes the complete encyclopedia, as well as Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus, Britannica Student Encyclopedia, and the Britannica Book of the Year. Note: Red Deer Public Library does not subscribe to Encyclopedia Britannica. This is just a link to the freely available version on the Internet.

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Libby eBooks & eAudiobooks eMagazines & eNewspapers Library Card Required.

Libby (the newer version of the OverDrive app) lets you borrow thousands of eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines on your phone or tablet for free! It's our easiest system yet with one-touch borrowing, automatic holds downloads, and syncing across all your devices. 

This video will help you get started with the Libby app, which can be downloaded on any compatible device. It will show you how to navigate the app, borrow digital titles, and start reading!

If you prefer OverDrive over Libby, you can still access the same collection of eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines -- it just looks a bit different! OverDrive for iOS | OverDrive for Android


Merriam-Webster Dictionary

This site includes a dictionary, thesaurus, and a medical dictionary. Note: Red Deer Public Library does not subscribe to Merriam-Webster Dictionary. This is just a link to the freely available version on the Internet.

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Naxos Music Library eMusic Library Card Required.

Naxos Music Library is the most comprehensive collection of classical music available online. It includes the complete Naxos and Marco Polo catalogues of over half a million tracks, including Classical music, Jazz, World, Folk and Chinese music. Also included are such independent labels as BIS, Hyperion, Analekta, CBC, and Nimbus. Whilst listening, you can read notes on the works being played as well as biographical information on composers or artists in Naxos's extensive database.

Novelist K-8 Plus What Do I Read Next? Library Card Required.

Excellent for finding out about new children's book and authors. Enter the title or author of your child's favorite book and get a list of similar books and authors. The perfect source for kids who loves to read (and their parents)!

Novelist Plus What Do I Read Next? Library Card Required.

Excellent for finding out about new books and authors. Enter the title or author of your favorite book and get a list of similar books and authors. The perfect source for everyone who loves to read!


Prairie Indigenous eBook Collection eBooks & eAudiobooks Library Card Required.

Stories by Indigenous authors, and writings about Indigenous culture, from publishers in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.

The Prairie Indigenous eBook Collection is part of Cantook Station (Read Alberta eBooks), an online collection of over 1,000 eBooks by Alberta authors and publishers. This resource is funded by the Public Library Services Branch of the Government of Alberta.


Road to IELTS

As one of the British Council's most popular online preparation courses, Road to IELTS will help you to get ready for a great IELTS score!

Please note that this tool only allows 5 similtaneous users, so at peak times you may need to wait to access Road to IELTS.


Solaro Library Card Required.

Improve your grades! You'll find course lessons, reviews, and practice tests for Grades 3 through 12 based on the Alberta curriculum. When you create an account, your lesson progress and results will be tracked to help you work through your courses. 

Need help? Check out these tutorials, opens a new window to help you get started with SOLARO!


TeachingBooks New!

Use this resource to locate information on how authors and illustrators write and illustrate their books, links to author websites and audio book readings, diverse book resources, virtual teaching and programming ideas, and more! Coverage includes graphic novels, picture books, historical fiction, adventure stories, mysteries, science fiction, poetry, and non-fiction.

At the login screen, sign in with your library card number. 

TeenBookCloud eBooks & eAudiobooks New!

TeenBookCloud features more than 1000 titles for Middle and High schoolers, including Graphic Novels, enhanced eBooks with full audio narration and highlighted text, classic literature, national geographic videos, and more!

TumbleBooks eBooks & eAudiobooks Library Card Required.

TumbleBook Library is an online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks are created by adding animation, sound, music, and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you.

Choose from popular picture books, educational stories, and language learning, or play games.  There is no limit to how many Tumblebooks you can read, and no waiting!

Use your computer, smartphone or tablet to read Tumblebooks online. All that you need to get started is your library card!

TumbleMath eBooks & eAudiobooks New!

TumbleMath is a comprehensive collection of math stories presented in the "TumbleBook" format which combines animation, narration, and sound to create a compelling and enticing story book for students of all ages.

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