More Digital Resources Than Ever!

With our branches currently closed, we've been working with many of our online resource partners to increase access to online library items for you. Last year, more than 11 million digital items were checked out. This year with the unprecedented situation of COVID-19, access to online resources is more important than ever! We're working to provide greater access whether it be in the form of extended borrowing limits, more copies available or more title selection in our collection to borrow.

With one of the largest collections of eBooks and eAudiobooks in Canada, take a peek at just a few of our recent enhancements (such as extended access, increased checkout limits) to our online resources, and new resources being ordered for you to enjoy from the comfort of your home. All you need to get started is an Internet connection and your EPL card.

Ancestry Library

Provides access to hundreds of millions of fully searchable individual records contained in thousands of databases. The collection of databases includes Canadian, English and U.S. Census Records, Ireland Vital Records, German Immigration Records, select passenger lists and numerous databases dedicated to specific ethnic origins and regions.

Extended Access: Ancestry Library has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry.

eXpress Titles (CloudLibrary)

Fast access to our most popular fiction and non-fiction titles. eXpress Titles are available on a first-come, first served basis. Holds are not available, so check back often to see what they have. Only eBooks and eAudiobooks may be checked out for a one week loan.

Increased Checkout Limits: Borrowing limits have been increased to two eBooks and two eAudiobooks at a time.

Extended Content: More content is being ordered and more lists are being created and curated.


Instantly borrow digital movies, music, audiobooks, eBooks and more, 24/7 with your library card.

Extended Content: When you borrow titles specifically from the Hoopla Bonus Borrows collection now through April 30, 2020, they will not count towards your monthly Hoopla checkouts. This collection, which has over 1,000 top titles, includes eBooks, eAudiobooks, comics, movies, music and TV shows.


Kanopy is a video streaming platform for libraries with a large and unique collection of documentaries, feature films, shorts, and television series featuring over 30,000 films from hundreds of producers including the Great Courses, PBS and thousands of independent filmmakers.

Increased Checkout Limits: Have been increased from five checkouts per month to 10 checkouts per month.

Extended Content: Kanopy is providing a collection of films that are credit-free for the next 30 days. From now until Sunday, April 12, Kanopy is offering a collection of films that will not deduct credits from your account! 

Kanopy Kids

A video streaming platform for libraries featuring hundreds of educational and entertaining children's videos available to stream whenever you want.

Extended Content: Similarly, Kanopy Kids is now also credit-free for 30 days.


Over 2,700 videos of classical music performances, opera, ballet, live concerts and documentaries available as streaming video. Subtitles are available in five languages.

Extended Access: Access Naxos Music Jazz, Naxos Music Library World, Naxos Music Library, Naxos Spoken Word, and Naxos Video Library concurrently.


Borrow and enjoy free eBooks, audiobooks and more. This collection includes popular fiction, non-fiction, and technical titles.

Extended Content: More list creation and curation is being shared, and more copies are being ordered to reduce your wait times.


Read more than 2,000 newspapers and 1,000 magazines from around the world. Enjoy titles from 100 countries in 60 languages, with 50 Canadian newspapers including the Edmonton Journal and the Edmonton Sun.

Extended Access: PressReader has extended remote access to 60 days. Before you were required to sign in to your EPL account and access PressReader every two days to extend your remote access on mobile devices. Now, this access is extended to 60 days, meaning fewer logins and more convenience for you to access PressReader content!

The New York Times

Access the latest multimedia journalism and storytelling from The New York Times newspaper. Articles are available in English, Chinese and Spanish. Access includes articles from 1851 to 1922 and 1981 to present. Access to NYTimes Cooking and the crossword are not available. 

Extended Access: The New York Times has extended our daily number of passes by 33%, allowing more customers access on a daily basis.

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Extended Access

Increased Checkout Limits

Extended Content




New and Exciting Resources


Enjoy educational videos focused on Arts and Crafts! You'll learn from artists and creative experts who have a lifetime of practice and proven teaching techniques. There are over 5,000 class offerings, which include everything from paper and sewing to holiday décor. One new class is added each week and all classes come with downloadable patterns, templates and recipes all for free!

Birds of the World (formerly Birds of North America)

Birds of the World is a powerful research database and digital encyclopedia that brings together content from Birds of North America, The Handbook of Birds of the World, Neotropical Birds and Bird Families of the World. Containing 10,721 species accounts, 21,000 colour illustrations and tens of thousands of photos, videos and sound recordings, Birds of the World is a perfect resource for ornithologists and bird-lovers.

Coming Soon

AV2 World Languages

AV2 World Languages is a language learning resource for children. It consists of eBooks, with each title featuring clean, easy-to-read layouts and vivid full-screen images. Each title includes access to 10 eBooks in 10 different languages. Available in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin, Russian, German, Hindi, Tagalog and Korean. Available early April 2020.

Canada In Context (Gale)

Canada In Context features authoritative reference material that is focused on the Canadian perspective. It contains full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites. It can be used to support the grades 6-7 and grades 9-12 Social Studies Curriculum. In addition, there is content related to the science curriculum as well (Alberta Oil Sands). Available early April 2020.

ProQuest US Major Dailies

US Major Dailies provides access to the five most respected U.S. national and regional newspapers: The New York TimesWashington PostLos Angeles TimesChicago Tribune and the Wall Street Journal. With print and online editions, the titles offer researchers thorough and timely coverage of local, regional and global events with journalistic balance and perspective. The content is available by 8 a.m. U.S. Eastern time each day and provides archives stretching as far back as 1980. Available early April 2020.

Public Library Video Online

This resource provides unlimited access to almost 50,000 streaming videos. Topics include science, history, engineering, health, performing arts, religion, film and many others. Video producers include Universal Pictures, MGM, BBC Worldwide, NBC, National Film Board of Canada, Inuit Broadcasting Corporation and many more. Available early April 2020.

We’re adding new online resources to our digital collection every day so check back often!

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