Markham Public Library has many resources to help you feel at home! Check out our free programs, community services, and online resources.


10 Useful Library Resources for Newcomers

A public library can help newcomers improve their language skills, prepare for employment, and provide lifelong learning opportunities.

Newcomer Events


Discover Newcomer Services in Markham

If you are looking for help with settlement, employment, language assessment and more, check out the free services offered by these organizations.

Meet Canoo: Offering Newcomers the Best of Canada for Free!

New to Canada? We have partnered with Canoo to thank newcomers for choosing Canada and welcome them with VIP benefits to 1400+ attractions and experiences around the country. If you received your permanent residency within the last five years or your citizenship within the last year, download the Canoo App for free here and activate your one-year membership. Canoo gives eligible newcomers, and up to four of their children (under 18), free access to hundreds of attractions, experiences, and discounts with leading Canadian brands. Download the app, and start exploring today!

English Language Learning Support in Markham & York Region

Are you looking for English language learning support in Markham or York Region? There are many organizations that provide free classes to help you improve your English skills. Classes are available for all levels, including specialized training for internationally-trained professionals. Find out more about English Language Learning Resources [PDF]., opens a new window

Online Resources

Whether you are looking to learn English, prepare for your Canadian citizenship test, or read about what’s happening back home, we have it all! Checkout our online library resources to get started.

Learn Languages

Mango Languages

An online language-learning system teaching actual conversation skills for a wide variety of languages.

Toefl Course

Practice test for TOEFL iBT®

Little Pim (Grades Pre-K-1)

An online resource to teach your child a foreign language(Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, etc)

Learn Skills

Brainfuse Teen


Get in that back-to-school mindset with Brainfuse’s vast array of resources to support students of all grade levels.
Teen learning

LearningExpress Library Canada

For primary grade to adult learners, each Learning Center offers specialized practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses...


Udemy is a learning platform that offers a wide range of courses in the fields of business and technology, language learning, as well as ...


PressReader newspapers and magazines


Catch up on local, national and international news in the comfort of your home. Your library card gives you FREE access to PressReader.


Kanopy is a video streaming service that provides instant access to 30,000+ critically acclaimed movies, documentaries and ...

Qikan Chinese eMagazine

Access 1,500 full-text popular magazines published in mainland China. You can choose to read in traditional or simple characters.


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The Centre for Immigrant and Community Services’ Immigrant Youth Centre is fully funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. We provide services to newcomer youth, ages 13 to 24, at no cost. Services include academic support, recreational programs, volunteer opportunities and pre-employment support.

Helpful Books

We have a book for each of your settlement questions! Learn about Canadian culture and history, set up your resume, or grab an ESL workbook. Check out our staffcurated list!

Helpful Books

Newcomer Resources

There are many services available to help you settle in Canada. Check out these websites to get started.

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