Online Research

Browse Databases

The Library is pleased to provide access to these information databases for your use in the Library*, from home or anywhere you access the Internet. To access these databases, you may need to enter the 14 digit barcode found on your library card and your 4 digit PIN.

NEW! Creativebug for Crafters & Creatives

Find inspiration and instruction with Creativebug video classes, by clicking here. Creativebug has more than 1,000 award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists, and is a top resource for DIY, crafters and makers.

All you need is your library card and a valid email address.

  • Learn easy ways to practice your craft every day,
  • Nurture your creative soul by learning new skills,
  • Enjoy guilt-free inspirational screen time with unlimited access!
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Ancestry Online

Ancestry Online

Genealogy research tool gives access to over 1 billion names, 3000 databases and primary resources. Covers Canada, the US, UK, and some European countries. English and French content.

Access Online Here. *Must be inside library to access online.

Driver Education Program

Free G1 Practice Tests

The online Driver Education program contains information on:
– 6 G1 practice tests for cars, 1 M1 practice test for motorcycles
– 1 G1 test simulator (cars), 1 M1 test simulator (motorcycle)
–  FAQ section with detailed answers to 100+ MTO-related questions

Choose Your G1 Practice Test Now Access Online Here

The Official Ministry of Transportation (MTO) Driver’s Handbook

Mango Languages

Learn a new language for free. Mango is available until June 1, 2020

Challenge yourself to learn a new language To help libraries in their mission to serve patrons electronically during a time when their physical locations are closed. Mango Languages is offering free trial until June 1, 2020.  Access Online Here

NoveList Plus

NoveList Plus

Find your next read, fiction and nonfiction, by author, title, subject, genre.  Access Online Here.

NoveList K-8 Plus

NoveList K-8 Plus

Find your just-right read for children and young adults.

Access Online Here.

Our Ontario History, Heritage & Culture (Archived Collections)

Our Ontario

Find digital images, text, audio and videos about Ontario history, heritage and culture. Search the collections of libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, heritage and community groups, government agencies, and private collections in Ontario and across Canada via a single search portal. English and French content.

Access Online Here. | Toronto Public Library: Digital Archive Ontario

Basic Reference Sources

Service Ontario

Service Ontario and nearly 400 libraries across the province are making it easier for people to access Ontario government information and services online. You can expect faster and easier access to a range of government services at a location near to you.

Service Ontario Help at the Library

Rideau Lakes Public Library staff have received specialized training in Service Ontario information and services. We can offer the following assistance to our patrons:

  • Help accessing the site for information on programs, services or staff
  • Referrals to government staff who can provide you with specialized help
  • Answers to questions about government services
  • Downloading and printing of government forms

Service Ontario Online

By logging on to the ServiceOntario website you can:

  • Apply for a birth, marriage or death certificate
  • Register for a campsite at a provincial park
  • Get an application for a health card
  • Register a newborn baby
  • Renew a car license plate sticker online
  • Change the address for your health card, driver’s license and outdoors card – all in one step
  • Book a road test
  • Renew your outdoors card
  • Register a business name – and much more