Step 1: Contactless services inside most open branches


There are contactless services inside most of our 31 open branches, with strict capacity limits in place, as of June 14, 2021, except at Metcalfe Village, Orléans and Rosemount. This means:

  • Pick up holds and check them out at self-checkout stations.
  • Return borrowed items to book drops anytime.
  • Access to PCs, Chromebooks, and printing, where these are available.
  • No other services: no browsing, no washroom access.
  • Mask-wearing remains mandatory inside, and outside in line.

For details, go to Current Branch Services.

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Reading and Parents Program (RAPP) Packs

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Learning to read is fun with a Reading and Parents Program (RAPP) packs’ gamesactivitiespoemssongs and crafts. Each pack contain a book and interactive activities that that support language and literacy development. The packs are geared towards children aged 6 months to 6 years old, and include helpful literacy tips for parents.

There are three types of RAPP packs:

  • The ASL (American Sign Language) pack focuses on support for the language and literacy development, and support for those learning sign language. This pack features an activity booklet, a book and an ASL DVD with an interpreter signing a discussion of themes of the book. 
  • The Voices pack includes a book and CD, which includes songs and discussion of the themes of the book. 
  • The French packs (Trousse PLF) support development of French language and literacy skills. This pack features an activity booklet and beginner French book.

To see the full list of RAPP packs click here! All packs include activity sheets. We encourage you to make photocopies of the activity pages for your child to enjoy and keep.

The RAPP packs are a creation of the Ottawa Public Library Alternative Services in partnership with Alternative Learning Styles and Outlooks (ALSO), a community group that focuses on Adult and Family Literacy, to offer new literacy material for children.