There are lots of ways to do research at the Library. We offer many electronic research tools that you use at your computer and we have a great reference collection in the Library. Staff can help point the way. Just ask us.
It’s like having a HUGE library right here in Powell River! Armed with only your Library card, you have access to a whole array of computer research databases. Most you may use from home; a few may only be used in the Library. Some require you to enter your Library card number and a password.
Start your research by selecting one of the links below:
Need more help? Contact the Library.
Visit us to browse our fine collection of up-to-date reference books. Look up information on any topic and get expert help from our staff, too. We also have a special computer in our Reference area which is dedicated for research purposes. To learn more about how we make decisions about which reference books we buy see our Collection Development Policy for the Reference Collection.
There are several other libraries around Powell River. Check with them to determine whether they are available to you.
Vancouver Island University – Powell River Campus
A very important part of the Library’s Vision is to preserve the history and culture of Powell River. One way we do this is by building a collection of materials that relate to our local history and culture. This collection includes materials that are mostly about Powell River and the Sunshine Coast as well as some titles about Vancouver Island and British Columbia. We also collect published materials by local authors. You may use this collection by permission within the Library, but often a second copy is available for you to borrow from our circulating collection. Ask at our Service Desk in the Library for more information.
Check out these links to websites with lots to keep you informed about what’s happening in the world of books and publishing.
BC Bookworld is a free monthly news publication covering everything about BC publishing and more. Pick up your free copy in the Library.
The Globe and Mail Book Section (Canada)
The Guardian Book Section (U.K.)
The New York Times Book Section (U.S.A.)