Library Research Services

School Library Learning Commons

SD73 has 44 school libraries. School library collections can be accessed 24/7 at home or at school through the link below.  The school library program is multi-dimensional and comprised of four main strands — literature, information literacy, leadership and curricular support and library management.

A school's Library Learning Commons is the physical and virtual learning hub of the school. It is designed to move students to a greater level of engagement through inquiry-based learning and reading experiences, experimentation, collaboration and knowledge creation.

It is a flexible learning space that offers both quiet and social spaces, accommodating the different needs of individuals and classes, often simultaneously. The Library Learning Commons philosophy is a means to empower students to become effective and ethical inquiring citizens.

 Access to School Collections
School Library Learning Commons physical and virtual collections reflect our common values of equity, diversity, and cultural identity. These professionally developed collections support multiple literacy levels, perspectives and the BC Curriculum. School Library Learning Commons collections can be accessed at schools and viewed online at: SD73 School Library Collections.
 Access to District-Subscribed Digital Reference Collections 

SD73-subscribed digital reference resources are available for students, staff and parents to access anywhere and anytime. These current and credible digital reference tools extend and enrich the materials in schools and include full multimedia databases supplemented with primary and historical documents, streamed video, articles, e-newspapers and research tools such as citation builders.

Access the entire K-12 digital reference collection through the links below. The district provides a wide range of digital reference resources for K-12 students and staff to use. Schools can access most of these resources without usernames or passwords.  From all other locations, a user name and password may be required.  Please check with your Teacher-Librarian or School Principal for more information about accessing these resources. 


 The Early World of Learning
The Early World of Learning offers resources to help preschoolers and children in the early grades grasp early childhood topics while developing reading, oral language and problem solving skills. Solve puzzles, listen to songs from the carousal, play learning games and read stories.
 World Book Kids 
World Book Kids features content and tools developed especially for elementary students conducting research. This site offers simple navigation, easy-to-read articles, multimedia, comparison tools, interactive games and activities, and teacher resources.
 World Book Advanced
World Book Advanced is a reference tool designed for high school and college students and includes encyclopedic, multimedia, e-book, and primary source databases, fully integrated in a single search.
 World Book Discover
World Book Discover, includes reference articles, text-to-speech capabilities, learning and life skills activities, research tools, multimedia, and interactive videos for elementary and secondary students.
 Canadian Points of View
Canadian Points of View provides millions of related articles with overviews, point and counterpoints. Providing a balanced perspective on current issues, Canadian Points of View helps students to judge fact versus fiction.
 Consumer Health Complete
Consumer Health Complete provides a comprehensive collection of current health related articles, evidence related health reports, herb and drug information, images, diagrams and videos. This is a comprehensive resource suitable for high school Science, Health and Home Economics courses.
 Gale - Canada in Context
Canada in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on a broad range of Canadian topics, people, places, and events. The solution merges Gale's authoritative and continuously updated reference content, written from a Canadian perspective, with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.
 Gale - GreenR (Global Reference on the Environment,
 Energy, and Natural Resources)
GREENR (Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources)The Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources focuses on the physical, social, and economic aspects of environmental issues. Topic, organization, and country portals form research centers around issues covering energy systems, health care, agriculture, climate change, population, and economic development. Portals include authoritative analysis, academic journals, news, case studies, legislation, conference proceedings, primary source documents, statistics, and rich multimedia.
 Gale - National Geographic Kids
National Geographic Kids is a reputable, authoritative, and appropriate content that brings children aged 6-14 the world in a way they've never seen it before. Fun and substantive, National Geographic Kids will take them on amazing adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space.
 World Book Student
World Book Student is intended for upper intermediate students and includes the articles of the World Book Encyclopedia, a Biography Center, dictionary, atlas, an extensive multimedia collection, thousands of editor-selected Web sites and correlations to curriculum standards.
L'Encyclopédie Découverte
L'Encyclopédie Découverte is a reference tool offering World Book’s editorial content and rich media in French.
NFB-ONF Screening Room
NFB-ONF Screening Room National Film Board-Office offers streaming educational videos for home and school use.
Student Research Centre
Student Research Centre - Suitable for all students.  This Student Research Centre database houses a comprehensive collection of magazines, newspapers, primary source documents, radio and TV news scripts, film and video, country reports and photos to be used for research.
KnowBC is set up as an online edition of Harbour Publishing’s Encyclopedia of British Columbia and is British Columbia’s leading general reference site.
Gale - Global Issues in Context
Global Issues in Context offers international viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events. Featured are hundreds of continuously updated issue and country portals that bring together a variety of specially selected, highly relevant sources for analysis of these issues. Rich multimedia - including podcasts, video, and interactive graphs - enhance each portal. Use Browse Issues and Topics, Country Finder, Basic Search or Advanced Search to explore the database.
 Gale - Virtual Reference Library
Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. These reference materials once were accessible only in the library, but now you can access them online from the library or remotely 24/7. Because each library creates its own eBook collection, the content you see may vary if you use the database at different libraries (your school, your public library, or your office).
 Gale - Science in Context
Science in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on hundreds of today's most significant science topics. The solution merges Gale's authoritative and continuously updated reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, experiments, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.
 World Book Classroom's Dramatic Learning
World Book Classroom's Dramatic Learning uses dramatic readings of plays to help students gain reading fluency and understand core concepts. K-12 readers theatre scripts are supported with age appropriate lessons. Curricular links are shown.



Contact the School Library Learning Commons Teacher-Librarian or the HGEC Library Learning Commons Coordinator for home login and password information.

Digital Reference Resource Video Tutorials



The HGEC Library Learning Commons (LLC) provides School District No. 73 staff access to a culturally rich collection and library services that supports the implementation of the K-12 BC curriculum.

The HGEC LLC provides cost effective and equitable access to professionally curated curricular resources for all schools in our district.Teachers can access this comprehensive K-12 collection by coming in person Monday-Friday between 8AM-5PM or ordering online at Materials can either be picked up or delivered to schools on a weekly basis.
 Support and Information Services
The HGEC LLC staff provides school library support such as District Cataloging services, technical support, resource evaluation and curation and ERAC digital database deployment and information for schools. All staff are welcome to use the LLC space for collaboration, planning and small group presentations. Speciality equipment are also available to use such as the District Die Cut Machine. For a complete list of services, collection details and online catalog support view the HGEC Library Learning Commons Brochure
 Hours of Operation

8 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday in September through June

Summer Hours: Open the first week in July and the last week in August


Phone: 250-376-2266

Online access to the HGEC Library Learning Commons Collection:

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