Erin with tablet. (Contributed)

Erin with tablet. (Contributed)

GOOD READS: Library card can get some online freebies

Or, download a free e-book at Maple Ridge location

Many people don’t know about all the digital things you can use and borrow once you have a library card.

At Fraser Valley Regional Library, we have recently added access to some new and improved products that anyone with a library card can use.

Are you in the market for a new vacuum or a used car? We have added a user-friendly update to our online databases.

Consumer Reports magazine is available 24-7 with its own heading in our list of databases. Find product ratings and reviews for cars and household items, as well as consumer protection information. So, when you can’t sleep and want to fantasize about your next food processor or bike in the middle of the night, access all the reviews from your phone.

Once you have that new or used car, something will inevitably go wrong and need to be fixed. If you are a do-it-yourselfer or just want background information on your vehicle, we have an online database called AutoMate.

AutoMate offers a user-friendly search experience and access to a wealth of information to help users diagnose, repair and maintain today’s complex vehicles. is another resource that people without a library card must pay to use.

With a library card, though, you can access an online learning library featuring thousands of engaging video courses taught by industry experts.

This dynamic resource supports career skills training and can help anyone learn business, software, technology, creative skills, and more. You can brush up on Excel, take a time-management course, or learn how to design video games. For free.

Finally, downloadable ebooks and audiobooks are available from the library.

With a library card, a smartphone or tablet, and some free apps, you can download your choice of audiobooks, ebooks and digital magazines from our growing selection.

Commuting and travelling are a breeze when you have an interesting selection of reading material on your phone.

Jessica Armstrong is a librarian at Maple Ridge Public Library.