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Online Databases

EBSCOThe County Library Co-operative purchases annual subscriptions to a variety of commercial online databases that can be accessed via the Internet.  These databases provide remote access to the full-text of hundreds of newspapers, periodicals and reference books and can be used by an unlimited number of people simultaneously.  The databases cover a wide spectrum of subject areas from current events to history, and from science to literature.  Free access is provided to the library patrons of all member libraries.

Currently, the County Co-operative has subscriptions to fourteen different databases:

  1. Auto Repair Reference Centre Automative Repair Reference Centre 
  2. Canadian Points of View Reference Centre Canadian Points of View
  3.  Canadian Refrence Centre Canadian Reference Center
  4. Career CruisingCareer Cruising
  5.  Consumer Health CompleteConsumer Health Complete
  6.  Cypress ResumeCypress Resume
  7.  Hobbies and CraftsHobbies and Crafts Reference Center
  8.  Home Inprovement Reference CenterHome Improvement Reference Center
  9. Learning Express Library Learning Express Library
  10. Literary Reference Center Literary Reference Center​
  11.  MangoMango Languages
  12. MasterFILEMasterfile Premier
  13.  NoveList PlusNoveList Plus
  14. NoveList K-8 NoveList K-8
  15. Primary search Primary Search
  16.  Science Reference Center Science Reference Center 
  17. Small Engine Repair ReferenceSmall Engine Repair Reference Center  

The subscriptions are chosen in consultation with the Chief Librarians' Committee and are selected to ensure that they do not duplicate products purchased by local library boards.  These subscriptions are quite expensive, but the Co-operative and its members can achieve economies of scale by centralizing their purchase.  Moreover, they allow small libraries to provide enhanced reference service at no direct cost to their operating budget.