Norwood Branch 705-639-2228 / Westwood Branch 705-768-2548


Everyone is welcome to search the Library’s Online Catalogue.

Registered patrons can perform the following additional functions:

  • RENEW items you have on loan
  • Place a RESERVE/HOLD on an item your interested in
  • View current and past transaction history

Books Online

Along with our in-library print and audio collections, there are several online resources for e-books and e-audio books. For most of these resources, you will need your library card number. We have also included some great free online links. If you have any questions about these resources, visit the library, call, or e-mail us for more information.

Project Gutenberg

There are two websites for this great free resource. All books are in the public domain and are available free of charge. Project Gutenberg offers over 40,000 titles to read online or download and Gutenberg Canada specializes in Canadian content.

Other Resources

Fantastic Fiction is one of our favourite websites for finding out the order of series, what else an author has written, and when new books are being published by our popular authors. You can sign up for a free account to follow authors and get notifications when new books are coming.

GoodReads is a great place to get recommendations of what to read next. Sign up for a free account and you can access online book discussions, make and receive recommendations, and keep track of what you’ve read and would like to read.

LitLovers has ideas for starting an in-person book club, including theme ideas, menu suggestions, discussion questions and more. There are also “courses” you can take online for free that challenge the way you read books.

Quick Reference

Need a dictionary, quote, or fast fact? These links are can help! Although we also have print resources in the library, these reference links are updated regularly so you always have the most recent information you are looking for.


  • The Canadian Encyclopedia – the full text of The Canadian Encyclopedia and its related resources has been made available online by the Historica Foundation as a public service since 1999.
  • Encyclopedia Britannica – although this is a subscription encyclopedia, there is a lot of content that can be accessed for free.
  • WorldBook Online – offers an encyclopedia, dictionary, atlas, homework help, study aids, and curriculum guides. Designed for students, but accessible for anyone with a library card.

Dictionary, Thesaurus, Almanac, Quotations

Frequently the websites that offer one of these, offer more.

  • – licensed content from over 15 trusted and established sources including Random House and Harper Collins. also includes a thesaurus, encyclopedia references, quotations, and a translator, as well as other useful tools.
  • – searches over 1,000 dictionaries from a single search box.
  • is a great source of quotations, books and reference answers.
  • Infoplease is a one-stop resource centre for dictionary, thesaurus, encyclopedia, altas, and almanac questions.
  • CIA World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.


Canadian atlases can be found at the following sites:

World atlases can be found at these websites:

General Research and Interests


  • Peterborough Employment Resource Centre  is a self-help centre which provides current resource materials, equipment and professional assistance from qualified staff to individuals conducting a self-directed job search, or working on health, housing, school, or training activities. All of these services are provided at no cost to any member of the community.
  • Employment Planning & Counselling Peterborough offers a wealth of programs and services to assist both individuals and employers with their employment and training goals. It is a community-based, community-focused provider of programs, services, and resources.
  • has listings for jobs across Canada, as well as articles to assist with resumes, interviews, and job searching.
  • Job Bank is a service provided through Service Canada which lists jobs available as well as help for finding employment.
  • Indeed is a Canadian job search database. There is also a link to Indeed for the United States if you are looking for international work.
  • WowJobs provides one of Canada’s most comprehensive online job searches by aggregating job postings from over 6000 job boards throughout the country.
  • Neuvoo is an international job search database. Search for jobs in Canada and abroad.


Legal Assistance

  • Since 1974, CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario / Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario) has developed clear, accurate, and practical legal rights education and information to help people understand and exercise their legal rights. Our work focuses on providing information to people who face barriers to accessing the justice system, including income, disability, literacy, and language. As a community legal clinic and part of Ontario’s legal aid system, we work in partnership with other legal clinics and community organizations across the province.
  • Steps to Justice is a first-of-its-kind initiative that empowers people in Ontario to understand and take action to deal with their legal problems. It gives comprehensive online information on common legal problems that people experience in family, housing, employment and other areas of law.
  • PCLC (Peterborough Community Legal Centre) is a community legal clinic dedicated to providing free legal services to low income residents of Peterborough City and County.”


  • Public Health Agency of Canada provides an abundance of information on infectious and chronic diseases, as well as information to promote health and safety.
  • Health Canada is a government website that provides information on consumer health and safety.
  • Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care provides information on health and health care options for Ontario residents.
  • Healthy Canadians is another government of Canada website that provides health and safety information, including product recalls and government health initiative programs.
  • Peterborough County Health Unit Teen Resources provides teens with information and resources to help them stay safe and healthy. Topics include alcohol and drugs, dental health,  eating well, mental health, physical activity, and more.



  • Driver’s Ed is a company dedicated to driver safety and education, to offer free G1 practice tests to library patrons. The new service includes free tests, written specifically based on the official ON driver’s handbook materials. This partnership allows the Asphodel-Norwood Public Library to harness the power of’s specialized practice exams to turn new drivers into safer drivers. The new program will work as an outreach for several valued groups of patrons, such as teens, those with disabilities, those who participate in the library’s programs for seniors and need to take a renewal exam, and patrons at every other stage of life.
  • Auto Repair Help is an auto repair information site that offers their readers a variety of helpful tutorials, articles, and diagnostic information to get their auto repair problems solved fast.
  • Popular Mechanics Car Section has vehicle-related news, car reviews and DIY help


  • Ontario Parks shows all the provincial parks in Ontario with information about each park including fees, accessible activities and how to reserve your camping spot.
  • Peterborough County Recreation and Leisure offers a list of recreation activities such as trail locations, museums, seniors programs, and sports in Peterborough County.
  • Parks Canada shows information on National Parks, National Historic Sites, and National Marine Conservation Areas

General Interests

  • Windows 10 – an online guide to using and troubleshooting Windows 10.
Government Services

The following links provide local, provincial, and federal government information. We have also included Canadian reference sites such as Canada411, Canada Post and Canada Revenue.

Local Government Information

  • Township of Asphodel-Norwood
    The Township website provides information about the Town Council, by-laws, taxes, business and community events, to name a few.
  • Peterborough County
    This website provides information about the entire county, including government departments, services, and facilities with links to townships, communities, business, lodging, sights and attractions in the County of Peterborough.
  • City of Peterborough
    The seat of Peterborough County, this website provides information and services that encompass the entire county.

Provincial and Federal Government Information

  • Canada and Government of Ontario
    This is a comprehensive list of services provided by the federal and provincial governments.
  • Government of Ontario
    For all government services, forms, and information, this is the place to go.
  • Service Ontario                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Provides information to renew your driver’s license, get a health card, or find a government job, as well as many other services provided to residents of our province.
  • Government of Canada
    For all things Canadian, this website provides the information you need.
  • Service Canada
    Like Service Ontario, this website provides information and assistance to access programs and services on the federal level.
  • Canada Benefits
    No matter what province you live in, this website can help you find what benefit programs are available to you from both provincial and federal agencies.
  • Canada Revenue
    For all things tax related, this website has the information you need.

Other Important Information

  • Canada411
    This website provides access to phone numbers and address for people and business in Canada.
  • Canada Post
    This website provides information and services for postal codes, mail rates and parcel tracking, as well as many other services offered by Canada Post.

Are you interested in finding out more about homeschooling options? We have some resources to help you.

Do you homeschool? Asphodel-Norwood Public Library can help! Along with books we have on varied subjects at several grade levels, we can use Inter-Library Loan to get you items on subject matter we don’t currently carry. We can extend due dates for projects (just let us know when you borrow the item how long you need it for).

Library Resources

  • Asphodel-Norwood Public Library Catalogue: check our catalogue for items on subjects you are covering. If you need a specific title and it is not in our collection, ask us about Inter-Library Loan.
  • Connect with other homeschoolers – Asphodel-Norwood Public Library is a great place to meet and connect with group seating areas, free wifi, public access computers, books, and much more.

Online Resources

Books about Homeschooling

These books are in our catalogue and available for circulation.

  • The Everything Homeschooling Book – all you need to create the best curriculum and learning environment for your child, 2nd edition
  • Free Range Learning – how homeschooling changes everything
  • Homeschooling for the rest of us – how your one-of-a-kind family can make homeschooling and real life work
  • Homeschooling your kids (without losing your sanity) – how to balance your home, your family, and your child’s education
  • Homeschooling FAQs – 101 questions every homeschooling parent should ask
  • Project-based homeschooling – mentoring self-directed learners

If you have any suggestions how Asphodel-Norwood Public Library can better serve our homeschooling community, please contact us.

Where do you go to grow? Try your public library. A visit will get you thinking!