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Alberta Research Portal

The Alberta Research Portal is your gateway to a world-class collection of primary sources. This outstanding resource provides all Albertans with perpetual access to the Gale Primary Sources database, with 69 unique primary source collections, including extensive resources related to First Nations and Indigenous peoples, the Archives of Human Sexuality and Gender, Associated Press Collections, Smithsonian Collection Online, Sabin Americana, 25 titles from Gale Virtual Reference Library, to name but a few. This includes monographs, photographs, newspapers, poetry, original documents, records, and more.



YRL is a cooperative library system founded in 1971 to provide quality library service to both urban and rural residents through the sharing of material, resources and expertise.

The YRL Board, comprised of members appointed by each participating jurisdiction, frames policy, develops goals and objectives, sets priorities, and employs qualified staff to administer the library.

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Indigenous Collections

Our curated collection of resources integrates indigenous knowledge and
perspectives while supporting a range of learning outcomes throughout
the Alberta Education Programs of Study.

Alberta and Canada (Grades K-6) 

This kit's materials help children appreciate Alberta and Canada's history and cultural heritage by recognizing the presence and influence of FNMI peoples and becoming familiar with oral traditions, narratives and stories.

Art and Music

A diverse range of books and music CDs showcase traditional Aboriginal and Inuit art, artists and traditions that will give students visual, cultural and creative experiences.

Cree Syllabics Kit

1 x bin of assorted 3D printed Cree Syllabics, 16 laminated flash cards, 1 book of Cree words in syllabics. 

Community (Grades K-6) 

The materials in this kit incorporate FNMI content into the focus on community, family and traditions that is part of the Alberta Education Social Studies curriculum.

English Language Arts (Grades K-6)

Storybook, folktales and novels integrate FNMI content into elementary English Language Arts curriculum through comprehending texts and exploring ideas, feelings and experiences.

English Language Arts (Grades 7-12)

Age-appropriate materials, including oral stories, novels and poetry, give students an opportunity to recognize and appreciate how literature conveys the Aboriginal experience.

General Interest for Adults

A variety of non-fiction and fiction titles supplemented with audio-visual materials create a browsing collection that is suitable for use in public libraries.

General Interest for All Ages

This collection contains a diverse range of books and music for children, teens and adults. It is ideal for supplementing a public library collection or temporary display.

Health and Physical Education

A range of fiction and non-fiction books for children and teenagers infuses FNMI content into the topics of nutrition, personal health and physical activity.


There are a number of Cree language learning materials in this kit, including bilingual storybooks, workbooks and phrase books.

Social Studies (Grades 7-12)

Resources have been compiled to explore and assess the origins, histories, and social and political changes of Aboriginal societies in pre-and post-Confederation Canada.

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A to Z World Food

Create your own personal recipe book from more than 6,000 traditional recipes from 174 countries in all course categories: appetizers, soups, salads, breads, main courses, side dishes, desserts, and beverages. Explore food culture information, including dining etiquette, food trivia, ingredient articles, and world beer reviews. Please note: you will be required to enter your library barcode number in the "Library Code" field when redirected to this site.


A to Z Food America

Create a culinary masterpiece with this eResource offering more than 2,000 state, regional and ethnic easy-to-follow food and beverage recipes. This is the largest food database of its kind, perfect for students, world travelers and cooking clubs. You will find historical cookbooks, food culture articles and more. Please note: you will be required to choose "Sign In" and use your library barcode and PIN when you are redirected to this site.


A to Z World Travel

A to Z World Travel offers free and exclusive tourist and culture information on more than 200 of the top travel destinations in North America and around the globe. From Aberdeen to Zurich, this resource will help you navigate some of the world's most popular cities. Note: After clicking the link, choose Sign In at the top right of the page, then select Library Card Log In and enter your library barcode number.



Provides instant online access to magazines and current newspapers from around the world in full-color, full-page format. Please note: Access to The Globe and Mail is restricted to use within the library due to licensing restrictions by the publisher.


Grant Connect

In-library access only. An innovative and comprehensive tool that connects charities with funders who share their cause. Search more than 3,000 Canadian grant-making foundations as well as corporations and government funded programs.



Downloadable movies, music, television shows, audiobooks, eBooks and comic books. Patrons can download up to four titles per month.


LinkedIn Learning

Formerly, choose from thousands of online courses to learn in-demand skills from real-world industry experts. When logging in via the app, use code 'yrl' to access the resource.

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