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. Access the school library collections here:  

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.

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 8:30 am to 4:30 pm 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

8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday, 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:


  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.
 CBC Curio
CBC Curio offers CBC and Radio Canada's streaming service which features Canadian content, primary-source documentaries in English and French, TV programs (eg. The Nature of Things, The National, etc.), educational video and audio. 
 EBSCO Canadian Points of View
 EBSCO 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.
 EBSCO Consumer Health Complete
 EBSCO Consumer Health Complete provides a comprehensive collection of current health related articles, evidence reelated 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.
 EBSCO Explora Canada 
 EBSCO Explora Canada provides primary and secondary documents, articles, e-zines, and news.  Highlights include reading level limiter and the ability to share content through Google Classroom.
 EBSCO Literary Reference Centre
 EBSCO Literary Reference Centre is a full-text database that provides a broad range of works including interviews, plot summaries, biographies, literary criticism and periodicals. Interface features include a citation tool, glossary, text-to-speech and videos.
 EBSCO Poetry and Short Story Reference 
 EBSCO Poetry and Short Story Reference provides an extensive collection of classic and contemporary poetry, essays, short sotries and biographies.  Features include citation tool, text-to-speech, multimedia and audio recordings. 
  EBSCO Student Research Centre 
 EBSCO Student Research Centre is 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 which can be used for research.  
 GALE Canada in Context
 GALE Canada in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on a broad range of Canadian topics, people, places, and events. 
 GALE Global Issues in Context
 GALE 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 GREENR (Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources)
GALE GREENR 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. 
GALE National Geographic Kids
GALE National Geographic Kids offers reputable, authoritative, and appropriate content that brings children aged 6-14 the world in a way they have never seen it before. Fun and substantive, National Geographic Kids will take them on amazing adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space.
GALE Science in Context
GALE 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.
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).
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.
Learn360 allows access to streamed videos and research databases, including interactive maps, experiments, and audio materials.  
NFB-ONF Screening Room
NFB-ONF Screening Room National Film Board-Office offers streaming educational videos for home and school use.
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 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.
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.
World Book L'Encyclopédie Découverte
L'Encyclopédie Découverte is a reference tool offering World Book’s editorial content and rich media in French and is appropriate for younger and older students wfor whom French is a second language.
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 Student 
World Book Student is intended for upper intermediate students and includes the articles of the World Book Encyclopedia, a Biography Centre, dictionary, atlas, an extensive multimedia collection, thousands of editor-selected web sites and correlations to curriculum standards. 

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