Legislative Library of British Columbia

E-Resources for MLAs and Assembly Staff

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​These databases and e-resources can be used to search for journal, news, and magazine articles as well as documents, reports, and ebooks. There are also tools to assist with language learning, grant requests, and legislative research. 

The Legislative Library provides access to these e-resources for their primary clients. Remote users will be asked to log in with their Assembly ID. ​

Need help with choosing or using a database? Contact the reference desk at 250-387-6510 or email llbc.ref@leg.bc.ca



Access Canadian national and leading regional papers. Includes the Vancouver Sun, Province, Times Colonist and Globe and Mail.​

Multidisciplinary database. Find articles on politics, business, economics, health, science, education, technology, social sciences and law. Also includes access to Canadian, U.S., and international newspapers, dissertations and Hoover's Company Records​


Comprehensive bibliographic full-text reference and current events database. CBCA is updated daily with full-text content (1985 to present) and bibliographic content (1971 to present). Fully searchable abstracts are available for all full-text articles. Subject coverage is comprehensive and information is available from a broad range of Canadian sources.

Digitized, full-image PDF archive of the Globe and Mail back to 1844. Includes every news story, photograph, map, advertisement, classified ad, political cartoon, birth and death notice, and more.​


Read current newspapers and magazines from all over the world. Contains more than 7000 publications, all available in original format and look just like the print version. There are no borrowing limits, you can read as much as you like. Includes the Globe & Mail, National Post, Canadian Living and BC Business.



Access ebooks from major Canadian publishers. You can also keyword search thousands of publications from Canadian public policy institutes, think tanks, and government agencies.

Language Learning

Mango teaches conversation skills for over 50 languages. Contact the Library to set up an account.



Grant Connect provides searchable, detailed information on Canadian grantmaking foundations, hundreds of corporate community investment programs, as well as government funding programs and American foundations that will fund Canadian charities.

A comprehensive reference for the province. Access The Encyclopedia of British Columbia, The Encyclopedia of Raincoast Place Names, Far West: The Story of British Columbia, Where Mountains Meet the Sea: The History of Coastal British Columbia and other reference books about BC. 

Canadian Oxford Dictionary​
Access the 2nd ed​ition of the Canadian Oxford Dictionary.​​ 


The BC Building Code applies to the construction of buildings; including extensions, substantial alterations, buildings undergoing a change for occupancy, "green" building specifications, and upgrading of buildings to remove an unacceptable hazard. It applies the core concepts of the National Building Code, combined with elements specific to BC's unique needs.

Please note that access is limited to 5 concurrent users.

BC Fire Code

The BC Fire Code contains technical requirements designed to provide an acceptable level of fire safety within a community. It applies the core concepts of the National Fire Code, combined with elements specific to BC's unique needs.

Please note that access is limited to 5 concurrent users.  


​Legislation and Parliamentary Materials​​​

​​Search BC statutes and regulations, key federal legislation, bills, and Orders in Council​.