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Automobile and Small Engine Repair

Books and Literature

Building Codes

  • BC Publications - including the Building Code, Fire Code, and Plumbing Code, which are now offered online to the general public free of charge. (These free of charge publications are under the "Public Library" heading, but they can now be accessed anywhere.)
  • Codes Canada publications (available free in electronic format, requires registration - to register, click "Log On", then under "I am a new customer", click "Registration")



Driver Education

  • Practice Driving Test by Richmond Public Library - This can help prepare learners for the written part of the BC Learners license application for any class, as well as for the air brake and house trailer endorsements.



  • Ancestry (In Library Use Only)

    NOTE: Access to the above resource has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry. To request access, send e-mail to info@princerupertlibrary.ca or use our Reference Question form and specify that you would like access to Ancestry. Once you have your access credentials, please click here.

General Reference



  • Canadiana Online - 19 million pages (95,000 titles) of digitized historical publications, including monographs, serials, and government publications. Largely composed of materials published prior to 1921. (Canadian Research Knowledge Network)
  • Héritage - Project to digitize and make available some of Canada’s most popular archival collections encompassing approximately 60 million pages of primary-source documents. Material from the 1600s to the mid-1900s, much is handwritten. (Canadian Research Knowledge Network)
  • Turning the Pages: The Prince Rupert Newspaper Archives - Archive of the Prince Rupert Daily News, maintained and hosted by the Prince Rupert Library.
  • BC Historical Newspapers - Features digitized versions of historical papers from around the province. Titles range from the Abbotsford Post to the Ymir Mirror, dating from 1859 to 1995. (UBC Library Open Collections)
  • Points to the Past - Searchable gateway to collections of UBC, UVic, and SFU, accessible from anywhere in BC. (Gale / Cengage)

Homework Help

Image Search

Legal Information

  • Legal Services Society | Legal Aid BC - Non-profit organization created to provide legal information, advice, and representation services.
  • Family Law in BC - Information on family law provided by the Legal Services Society.
  • MyLawBC - Website designed to generate action plans for legal issues by choosing pathways and answering questions. (Legal Services Society)
  • Aboriginal Legal Aid in BC - Information on legal aid for aboriginal people in B.C (Legal Services Society)
  • Clicklaw - This site provides legal information, education and help for British Columbians. (Courthouse Libraries BC)
  • Beginner's Guide to Finding Legal Information - This is a wiki that explains how to find legal information in British Columbia.
  • BC Laws - BC Laws is published by the Queen's Printer for British Columbia in partnership with the Ministry of Justice and the Legislative Assembly.
  • BC Law Matters Blog - Many links for new online legal information and resources.
  • Dial-A-Law - A service of People's Law School, a non-profit society based in Vancouver that provides public legal education. The telephone version is at 1-800-565-5297.
  • Justice Laws - The online source of the consolidated Acts and regulations of Canada, and is useful for federal statutes.

Travel, Foreign Languages & Culture

World Trade Press is offering free online access to their travel and cultural databases until September 15th 2020. These include:

  • Global Road Warrior - Cultural database for 175 countries, resources for student projects
  • AtoZ World Food - Food and traditional recipes database for 174 countries.
  • AtoZ Food America - Regional cookbooks to an exploration of ethnic culinary influences, from fun collections of historic cookbooks and television commercials to “how to” food preparation videos.
  • AtoZ World Travel - Includes 202 city travel guides.
  • AtoZ World Business - Foundational knowledge needed to conduct business successfully in 100 different countries.
  • AtoZ Maps Online - Includes approximately 145,000 maps.
  • LingoLITE - Images, text, and native speaker videos to help you learn vocabulary efficiently