Research and Learning

Let the Brantford Public Library help you reach your goals with these research, learning and personal enrichment tools.

Online Learning is a free driver education program where you can access G1 practice tests for cars, M1 practice tests for motorcycles as well as car and motorcycle test simulators. Also get access to a FAQ section with detailed answers to over 100 MTO related questions. from LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning's service offers thousands of on-demand video tutorials that can be accessed anywhere, using your library card. People can watch short tutorials that are a few minutes long or can watch collections of tutorials that make up courses and certificates. Completed courses can be posted to your LinkedIn profile to let peers, colleagues and potential employers know of your achievement. app for iPhones and iPads app for Android devices

Transparent Language

Transparent Language is one of the world's leading language programs with more than 100 languages and clear learning paths. The program is also available as an app, so you can learn on the go.

Transparent Language app for iPhones and iPads
Transparent Language app for Android devices

Universal Class

Universal Class offers over 500 online continuing education training courses for those interested in professional or personal growth. Learn on your own time at your own pace with expert instructors giving continual feedback.


Online Research is the world's largest online family history resource - including historical records, photos, stories, family trees and a collaborative community of millions.
While is usually only available while in the Library, you can access it at home during the Library's limited service. Log in to your account and navigate to the messages to get the link. Follow these instructions to access from home.

Visit our Your History page for more online genealogy and local history resources.

Community Information Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk

Community Information Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk is a community information database that includes information regarding social and human services available in the Brantford/Brant area.

Grant Connect

Grant Connect is an all-in-one solution for fundraising research. It includes searchable details on thousands of funders along, with relationship management tools to track your data.

Access to Grant Connect is available in the library or at home using login information. Contact the library to get this log in information.

EBSCOhost Research Databases

EBSCOhost offers a wide variety of full text general research and subject databases geared to adults, teens and children, including:

  • Explora and Explora Primary
  • Canadian Points of View
  • MasterFile Premier & Canadian Reference Centre
  • Consumer Health Complete & Healthwatch
  • Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center
  • Novelist & Novelist K-8  - for reading recommendations

Note: Your valid Library Card number is your Patron ID to access the resources.

GaleCengage Learning Research Databases

GaleCengage Learning collection of general research tools offer a broad range of information on topics such as the arts, science, history, business, health and technology.

Proquest Historical Toronto Star Database

Proquest is a database that provides access to scholarly journals, books, historical newspapers and more.