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Gale Courses (formerly Learn4Life)

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The Pickering Public Library is pleased to introduce Gale Courses. Gale Courses (formerly Learn4Life) offers a wide range of highly interactive courses that you can take entirely online. Courses are free to library cardholders and are led by experts in their fields. Each course runs for six weeks and new sessions begin every month. (Next upcoming sessions begin January 21st, February 18th, March 18th and April 15th). MS Word, Photography, Creative Writing, Guitar, Languages, Successful Relationships, Job Searching and Starting Your Own Business are just a few examples of the many courses that are offered. Visit Gale Courses to register. View this short video on how to enroll in a course.

Quick facts:

  • Take as many courses as you want (there is no longer a five-course limit).
  • Courses have 2 lessons per week (Wednesdays and Fridays).
  • Students have until the 13th day after the course begins to access lessons 1 and 2. If students do not access lessons 1 and 2 by the end of the 13th day, they will be automatically dropped.
  • Once students access lessons 1 and 2, they are fully enrolled in the course. They will have access to the entire course from then on (even if they do not go beyond lessons 1 and 2).
  • Quizzes and discussion board are optional (but participating in them would probably enhance students' learning).
  • If student wants a certificate of completion, they have to do the final exam and pass it on the first try. If student passes, they will receive a link to the certificate which they print out themselves.

Please note: When enrolling, payment options will be mentioned. Please ignore. The courses are absolutely free for library clients. When you arrive at Step 3 in the enrollment process and choose your dates, payment options will disappear.

Freegal Music

Please Click here to Access Freegal Music

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Use your Pickering Public Library barcode and PIN (the last four digits of your phone number) to download free, legal music from Freegal
Freegal is not meant to replace our CD collection, but it does allow you a new way to access music through the library that we have not previously offered. From the classics to the cutting edge, from folk to comedy to foreign language, you're sure to find something you love on Freegal. Click below to get started!


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TumbleBookCloud is for middle school AND high school students with over 400 online reading titles. This collection contains a vast array of YA/Teen novels, classics, poetry, short stories, YA/Teen audiobooks , our very popular graphic novels, and world class educational videos from National Geographic

TumbleBookCloud Junior

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With over 600 titles and reading levels from grades 3-6, TumbleBookCloud Junior is a great option for adventurous young readers who wish to go beyond the picture book collection in TumbleBookLibrary! TumbleBookCloud Junior contains early reader chapter books, children's classics, graphic novels, children's audio books and new National Geographic videos - many of which are paired with our e-books - a perfect complement to support Common Core Curriculum!

Consumer Health Complete

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Consumer Health Complete is a comprehensive resource for consumer-oriented health content. It is designed to support the information needs of patients, and to foster an overall understanding of health-related topics.


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Listen online to fiction, non-fiction, classics, and children's books from this collection of audio books for all ages. Available for PCs and Macs. Over 1,000 titles that are always available.



Download digital Audiobooks and Ebooks anytime and then transfer to your portable device!Search through OverDrive's collection of downloadable media, download the free software (OverDrive Media Console for Audiobooks and Adobe Digital Editions for Ebooks), and enjoying digital content!

This is a project made possible by the Ontario Ministry of Culture’s $15 Million Investment in Public Libraries.

EBSCOhost eBooks

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E-books for you to browse and download, including Cliffs Notes. Now you can read some titles offline on popular eBook readers, like the Sony Digital Reader. To download and read ebooks, you must install the Adobe Digital Editions.

Teen Health and Wellness

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Real problems and issues submitted by teens with answers from professionals. Covers many topics including Health, Family Life, Sexuality, Grief, and Diversity



Locate new books to read and learn more about your favourite books and authors through articles, book discussion guides, and book talks.

Service Ontario


ServiceOntario is now making it easy for you to access the information, services and resources you need, when and how you need them. Whether you’re getting married, starting a business or want to learn more about your workplace or industry, it’s all here.

Service Canada

Service Canada

Service Canada is the Government of Canada's new, easy-to-access, one-stop service delivery network that brings the range of federal services together to meet the individual needs of Canadians wherever they live.

Statistics Canada

Statistics Canada

Information bulletins, selected Census statistics, and a search tool for StatsCan publications.


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AboutMyProperty is a secure, online self-service application that provides property owners with convenient access to property assessment information.

Ancestry Library Edition

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The Ancestry Library Edition collection has approximately 4,000 databases and has unparalleled coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom, including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada and other areas. New features allow: Location filters that allow searching across adjacent counties; Map filters; Name filters with Soundex; and improved country and state pages.

In-Library use only. If you are having problems accessing content with this product please try logging in to the internet first or speak with staff for assistance.

Computer Database

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Access today's most well-read and influential magazines on the computer, telecommunications and electronics industries. Includes computer-related product introductions, news and reviews in area such as hardware, software, electronics, engineering, communications and the application of technology.

Job and Career

Finding a Job

A collection of job banks, sites and organizations where job seekers can find classified jobs.

Choosing a Career

Use these sites to test your strengths, research the labour market, learn about specific occupations and how to gain the necessary education and skills.

Finding Information on Companies

Business directories, industry analyses and databases of Canadian companies and associations.

Mango Languages

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Mango Languages

Mango is the fast, easy, and most effective way to learn to speak a foreign language!


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Full-text journal, magazine and newspaper articles (including the Globe and Mail) with a Canadian focus.