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North Bay Public Library

SERVICES AND HOURS                           


Library Hours
Adult Services
A-V Services
Reference Department
Children's Services
French Services
Specialized Services
Dionne Quintuplets Digital Collection
Electronic Resources
Public Internet Access
Virtual City Hall
Blue Sky Region Portal

Library Hours:

Effective September 7, 2004

For more information about library hours, please telephone 474-4830.

Adult & AV/Ref Departments
Monday 9:30 am 9:00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am 9:00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am 9:00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am 9:00 pm
Friday 9:30 am 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am 4:00 pm
Children's Department
Monday 9:30 pm 8:00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am 8:00 pm
Wednesday 12:15 pm 8:00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am 8:00 pm
Friday 9:30 am 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am 4:00 pm

Some services are not available 10 minutes prior to closing.

General Inquiries . . . . . . . . 474-4830
AV and Reference Dept . . . 474-3332

Adult Services:

Books: Books may be borrowed for a three week period, and may be renewed twice if they are not reserved. Most materials can be renewed once, either in person, by telephone, or using iPAC on the World Wide Web.

To renew items that are out on your card, from the homepage select "Search the Catalogue" and then the menu option called "Patron Information", or click here to access our catalog using iPAC.

Going on holiday? . . . ask about our Extended Loan Period for vacations.

If the book isn't on the shelf, you may reserve it free of charge. If we don't have it in our collection, check with our Inter-library Loan Department at the Adult Department circulation desk to request the material from another Library. It is possible to place a hold using WebPAC; please ask staff if you require assistance.

Magazines: Current issues must be used in the Library; back issues may be borrowed for three weeks. There is no renewal possible for magazines. (Magazines from the past 6 months are in the Adult Dept.; for earlier issues, ask at A-V Department).

Borrowing Limits and Fines:

If you fail to return library material by the due date fines will apply.
For borrowing limits and fines, please see:
Loan Periods, Limits, Fines, and Charges
Please Note: There will be a replacement charge for lost or damaged materials, including a processing charge.

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A-V Services:

A-V Collection: The A-V Collection is located downstairs in the Reference Department. Videos, DVDs, CDs, music cassettes, talking books on audiocassette and CD, and CD-ROMs can be borrowed.

VHS Video and DVD: The library has children's videos, how-to, music and feature films in English and French. Videos and DVDs may be borrowed by individuals aged 13 or older, upon presentation of a current adult library card.

Audio-cassettes & CDs: The library has music, self-help material, language programs and talking books in English and French. To borrow these cassettes or CDs, you must present a current library card.

CD-ROMs: There is a small collection of Windows and Macintosh compatible CD-ROMs available for borrowing, following the same loan period and procedures as for audio-cassettes and CDs.

AV Equipment and Other Services: Overhead projectors, slide projectors, screens, cassette players and more are available for loan. Equipment may be rented daily or paid by an annual membership fee.

Institutional Memberships: In-Town Institutional Memberships cost $50.00/year and Out-of-Town Institutional Memberships cost $75.00/year. Membership entitles the institutions to free loans of AV equipment, and the use of an adult borrowing card, good throughout the library.

Borrowing Limits and Fines:

If you fail to return library material by the due date fines will apply.
For borrowing limits and fines, please see:
Loan Periods, Limits, Fines, and Charges
Please Note: There will be a replacement charge for lost or damaged materials, including a processing charge.

Reference Department:

The Reference Collection contains some 8,700 indexes, encyclopedias, business directories, dictionaries, literary guides, and atlases, as well as a large number of phone books for Canada, maps, college/university calendars, Census and Statistics Canada publications. We have back issues of magazines and newspapers, and the Nugget, Financial Post, and Maclean's magazine on microfilm. Come to the library, e-mail us at, or phone with your questions and we will do our best to help you find the answers.

There are online full text newspapers, magazines, journals, encyclopedias and fiction and non-fiction e-books for use in the library on the Public Access computers. You can also access these most of these publications from home through the library website with a valid library card and PIN number.

There is FREE Internet access on ten dedicated terminals. Patrons must book their one-hour session in advance because of heavy demand. Staff will assist patrons who are new-comers to the information highway.

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Children's Services:

The Children's Department contains materials to encourage children to read and satisfy their curiosity and need for knowledge about the world around them; materials are suitable for youngsters from toddler age through to the teenager. The collection includes books in English and French, as well as encyclopedias, paperbacks, magazines, pamphlets, pictures, cassettes, talking books, large-print books and multilingual books. Children may borrow up to 10 items on their own cards; non-fiction (project related) materials are limited to 2 per subject per card. There are 2 Internet terminals available free of charge for one hour a day, after a permission slip is signed by a parent or guardian.

Services include pre-school storytimes, toddler programs, class visits, group tours, summer programs and special events. There are two public access internet stations in the department. Ask for details!

Borrowing Limits and Fines:

If you fail to return library material by the due date fines will apply.
For borrowing limits and fines, please see:
Loan Periods, Limits, Fines, and Charges
Please Note: There will be a replacement charge for lost or damaged materials, including a processing charge.

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French Services:

The French language department as an extensive collection of over 24,000 volumes in both the Adult and Children's sections. In addition, the library receives over 30 French language newspapers and periodicals.

Also located on the Mezzanine level is the Joan Duquette Room, the Library of the Nipissing District Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. More than 1,000 items, both print and microform, are available for research by members and non-members.

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Specialized Services:

Shut-In Service: The library provides a shut-in service to those who are housebound due to age, illness, infirmity, or accident. We will deliver books and talking books tailored to your individual tastes, to your home at no charge. Please call 474-4830 for more information.

Programmes: The Children's, French, Reference/AV and Adult Departments offer programmes throughout the year. Please check the bulletin boards and the local newspaper or phone for details.

Services to the Physically Challenged: The Library has a large collection of large print books and CNIB talking books. There are audio-cassette tape players which can be borrowed, thanks to a donation from the North Bay Rotary Club. There is also an elevator available for disabled persons as well as wheelchair access at both entrances. The library is a partner with CNIB and has access to all CNIB services on behalf of library patrons. The Justice Lunney Special Needs Room provides computer access to people with a print handicap or visual impairment. Please call 474-3332 for more information.

Bookdrop and Videodrop: You may return books and magazines in the Bookdrop. Videos, DVDs, audio-cassettes and CDs can be returned through the Videodrop (beside the Bookdrop) at the Worthington Street entrance when the library is closed.

All audio-visual equipment i.e., overhead projectors must be returned in person to the Audio-Visual Department.

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Dionne Quintuplets Digital Collection:

The archival web site dedicated to the Dionne Quintuplets was launched Tuesday October 28, 1997 at the North Bay and District Chamber of Commerce Dionne Quints Museum. Included on the web site are digital copies of: Original Quints artifacts, Magazine articles, Photographs, Newspaper clippings from museum collections in the Nipissing area. The site contains over 3000 images. The digitized images are displayed under broad subject headings, in a browsable format. Phase two involved cataloguing and indexing each digitized image using metatags, and translation into French.

To view this fun and informative archival site through the North Bay Public Library's web site, click here.

Please note, the site is not being updated, so more recent news articles about the surviving Dionne sisters (after 1997) will not be found here.

Web site partners are: The Callander Bay Heritage Museum, The Callander Public Library, The City of North Bay, The North Bay Area Museum, The North Bay and District Chamber of Commerce (owners of the Dionne Quints Museum), The North Bay Public Library.

This digitization project was funded by the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Culture, and Recreation, Cultural Partnerships Branch, through a Digital Content Creation grant. Additional support for a summer student was received from the Industry Canada SchoolNet Digitization fund.

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Library members can access fulltext databases for magazine and newspaper articles, research findings, public domain e-books and government reports through our web site. The library has acquired the user licences for these products on the users' behalf, for the personal use of library patrons. Please be advised that all copyright restrictions are in effect.

Ancestry - Library Edition

Ancestry Library Edition (ALE) provides unprecedented access to family history via documents that record the lineage of over 5 billion individuals.  Access records from Canada, the United States, parts of Europe and around the world, including census records, military documents, parish records, immigration documents, newspaper and other published sources, wills, and other family trees.



AtoZ Maps Online

AtoZ Maps: is the worlds largest subscription-based database of proprietary, royalty-free world, continent, country, and state maps. Included in the 4,000+ maps are: political maps, physical maps, outline maps, population maps, precipitation maps, climate maps, and other thematic maps. New maps are added to the collection every month

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AtoZ Maps

Audiobook Cloud

AudioBookCloud is a collection of online audio books for all ages. There are over 300 books in categories such as classics, fiction, non-fiction, children?s books, read-along and audio books in Spanish. AudioBook allows patrons to listen to their favourite audio books with just a click of a button.

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Audiobook Cloud

Britannica Online

Britannica Online offers more than 72,000 encyclopedia articles and year-in-review articles from recent yearbooks. The Index is a searchable database that contains more than 400,000 references.

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Britannica Online (home)

Britannica Online (in library)

Canadian Almanac

The Canadian Almanac & Directory is the only resource you will need when you require facts and figures about Canada.  This robust database gives you access to statistics, images and over 45,000 names and addresses for everything from Airlines to Zoos - updated every year.  Each category is a gold-mine of information, providing robust information on business and finance, communications, government, associations, arts and culture (museums, zoos, libraries, etc.), health, transportation, law, education, and more.  Government information includes federal, provincial and territorial - and includes an easy-to-use quick index to find key information. A separate Municipal Government section includes every municipality in Canada, with full profiles of Canada's largest urban centres.  A complete legal directory lists judges and judicial officials, court locations and law firms across the country.  A wealth of general information, the Canadian Almanac & Directory also includes national statistics on population, employment, imports and exports, and more.  National awards and honours are presented, along with forms of address, Commonwealth information and full colour photos of Canadian symbols.  The Canadian Almanac and Directory online is cross-searchable with Grey House Publishing Canada's other best-selling directories.

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Canadian Almanac

Canadian Business and Current Affairs

Canadian Business and Current Affairs (CBCA) provides in-depth access to a wide diversity of Canadian periodicals, ranging from academic titles to special interest publications to general magazines. The academic titles include the most prominent journals from the humanities, social sciences, sciences, and professions. Other magazines focus on opinion, public policy, children/youth, lifestyles, arts and culture, health, and regional concerns.

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Canadian Encyclopedia

The Canadian Encyclopedia and its related resources present the most comprehensive and authoritative general Canadian reference work available for students and teachers simply looking for verification of facts, or seeking broader descriptions, interpretations and ideas of all things Canadian. Millions of facts can be searched through the powerful search engine or browsed through the Subject Indexes. The many quizzes, games, links to other resources or the vast storehouse of multimedia are all appropriate for use in the classroom. Owing to its support by Canadian Heritage and by the Historica Foundation, The Canadian Encyclopedia will continue to be made available free of charge.

Canadian Encyclopedia

Canadian Parliamentary Guide

Canadian Parliamentary Guide provides the most complete and comprehensive informatin on elected and appointed memebers in federal and provincial government.  This comprehensive guide provides descriptions of each institution, including brief historical information, significant facts and covers the results of all general federal elections and by-elections from Confederation to today, and the results of the most recent provincial elections.

Canadian Parliamentary Guide

Career Cruising

This is a fully bilingual database which has been designed to help students and others plan their future. Users are able to access hundreds of detailed occupation profiles - everything from Actuary to Zookeeper. Also features a job search tool, resume builder, skills and learning styles assessment tools, and information on educational programs and schools of interest.

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Career Cruising

Children's Magazine Guide Online

Children's Magazine Guide Online provides fast access to a wealth of carefully annotated citations of recent articles (fiction and nonfiction) from more than 65 children's magazines, plus Web sites:

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Children's Magazine Guide Online


Access to EbscoHost includes the following databases: Auto Repair, Canadian Points of View, Consumer Health, Literary Reference Centre Plus, Multilingual Health (French), NoveList, NoveList Complete and NoveList K-8, and Science Reference Center

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Gale - Academic OneFile

Academic OneFile is the premier source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources. With extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects, Academic OneFile is both authoritative and comprehensive. With millions of articles available in both PDF and HTML full-text with no restrictions, researchers are able to find accurate information quickly. Includes full-text coverage of the New York Times back to 1995. Updated daily.

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Academic OneFile

Gale - ChiltonLibrary

ChiltonLibrary provides exclusive photographs, diagnostics designed by instructors, step-by-step repair procedures, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) maintenance schedules, wiring diagrams, recalls and Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) for automobiles and light trucks in one easy-to-use web site. Since this library subscribes to ChiltonLibrary, you are now equipped with decades of data to maintain your vehicle. Just begin by choosing a vehicle at the left and a subject above.

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Gale - CPI.Q

Find millions of articles from a comprehensive list of Canadian and International journals, magazines and reference content from Gale, all with a Canadian focus. Includes Canada's national newspaper, The Globe and Mail; Maclean's weekly magazine; Canadian News Facts; and reference materials, such as the Canadian Parliamentary Guide and Canadian Newsmakers.

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Gale - General OneFile (w/InfoTrack Collections)

A one-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social science, sports, technology, and many general interest topics. Millions of full-text articles, many with images. Updated daily.

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General OneFile

InfoTrack Collections

Gale - Kids InfoBits

Kids InfoBits is a database developed especially for beginning researchers in Kindergarten through Grade 5. Featuring a developmentally appropriate, visually graphic interface, the most popular search method is moving from a broad subject to a narrower topic using the subject-based topic tree. The curriculum-related, age appropriate, full-text content is from the best elementary reference sources and magazines. This database covers geography, current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more.

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Kids InfoBits

Gale - Literature Resource Centre

The world?s most current, comprehensive and reliable online literature database,Literature Resource Center is uniquely relevant to today?s researcher. Its rich critical, biographical and contextual content supports interdisciplinary approaches, information literacy and the development of critical-thinking skills.  Full-text articles from scholarly journals and literary magazines are combined with critical essays, work and topic overviews, full-text works, biographies, and more to provide a wealth of information on authors, their works, and literary movements.  Researchers at all levels will find the information they need, with content covering all genres and disciplines, all time periods and all parts of the world.

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Literature Resources Center

Geology Ontario

GeologyOntario provides access to all Ontario Geological Survey maps, reports and datasets and over 75,000 private sector Assessment Files, as well as data on mineral occurrences, surface and underground drilling, lithogeochemical results and abandoned mines information for the province of Ontario.

Geology Ontario


PebbleGo, the award winning K-3 database for reading and research provided by Eduref and Capstone Publishing, features two distinct databases for Kindergarden to Grade 3 students: PebbleGo Animals and PebbleGo Earth and Space

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Teen Health and Wellness

Created for teens with their unique concerns and perspective, Teen Health & Wellness presents information with a sensitive, respectful, and age-appropriate approach. Student-friendly articles make complex topics understandable. They also give insight into the teen experiencecrucial for parents, caregivers, teachers, librarians, guidance counsellors, school administrators, health care workers, and other trusted adults who are part of teens lives and who support teens.

Teen Health and Wellness

Service Ontario

ServiceOntario is your connection to Ontario government services. Visit to find more about your online service options.

Service Ontario


TumbleBookCloud is an online collection of read-along chapter books for students in late elementary to high school (approximately). Text size/colour is adjustable and sentences are highlighted as they are narrated aloud. There are approximately 300 books including middle school readers (with high interest/low level books), young adult/teen titles, Shakespeare plays, and classics


Tumblebooks Library

TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of ebooks for children in grades K-6 (approximately). Existing children's books are licnesed for use then animated using the existing illustrations and adding audio narration. The collection includes old time favorites such as The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch, Diary of a Worm, How I Became a Pirate, Miss Malarkey Doesn't Live in Room 10, One Duck Stuck, as well as favourite fairy tales such as Jack and the Beanstalk and Old Mother Hubbard

TumbleBooks Library

World Book Advanced Reference Suite

World Book Online enhances the print version with articles from newspapers and periodicals, web sites, videos and audio clips, maps and tables, 3-dimensional views, citation help, and many special features

World Book

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Public Internet Access:

The library has offered internet access to the public since 1996, with assistance from a variety of community partners including the Rotary Club, IBM, Ontelcom, Redpath McIntosh Engineering Ltd., and the City of North Bay. There are currently 12 terminals available in the library, which can be booked in advance by calling 474-3332.

In addition, the library is an Urban CAP (Community Access Program) demonstration site. Through this program, free public internet access is offered at 7 popular sites around the city. Anyone can use the sites for one hour a day, at no charge, except for printing, which costs 25 cents per page.

For more information about internet sites around town, see the Blue Sky Region Portal. Here you will find over 9000 records about businesses, government services, clubs, associations, social services and educational facilities in the Blue Sky Region.

Partners include: Industry Canada, HRDC, Ontario Ministry of Northern Development & Mines, City of North Bay, District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board, Near North Community Care Access Centre (NNCCAC), Blue Sky Region Community Network, Community Research Institute, community groups and agencies.

The sites are: Best Western Hotel, Cassellholme Home for the Aged, North Bay and District Association for Community Living, North Bay and District Chamber of Commerce, YMCA, and Yes! Employment Services, plus 12 terminals at the North Bay Public Library.

Additional sites in the Blue Sky Region are located at all libraries and some schools. Please see the Blue Sky Region Community Network website for more information.

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Virtual City Hall:

The Library in conjunction with the City of North Bay and the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Culture, and Recreation has recently launched a Virtual City Hall.

This website includes City of North Bay by-laws dating back to the late 1890s, as well as forms for applications and permits, an online customer service centre, and an interactive cyber-democracy forum called the Virtual Democracy Pilot Project

To view this site click here.

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Blue Sky Region Portal:

Check out our community portal at Blue Sky Region Portal. Here you will find over 9000 records about businesses, government services, clubs, associations, social services and educational facilities in the Blue Sky Region.

Partners include: Industry Canada, HRDC, Ontario Ministry of Northern Development & Mines, City of North Bay, District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board, FedNOR, Near North Community Care Access Centre (NNCCAC), Blue Sky Region Community Network, Community Research Institute, community groups and agencies.

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