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  • UPDATE – Provincial announcement regarding public libraries and pickups

    15/05/2020

    We greatly appreciate the Province’s announcement that as part of the first phase of reopening libraries can begin to offer pick-up or delivery of materials. 

    There is a lot of work to do be able to offer these services while ensuring the safety of our employees and our customers. Our plan to resume our physical services needs to account for physical distancing requirements, provision of personal protective equipment, enhanced sanitary controls, and new protocols for employees and customers. We are working on offering holds pick-ups as soon as we can safely do so.  

    We will be communicating all new developments in our service offering to you on all our platforms, as soon as we have updates. 

    Thank you for your patience as we move through this rapidly evolving situation. 

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    OPL branches, Bookmobile stops and Homebound delivery services are closed until June 30, 2020. The closure is in response to advice from Ottawa Public Health (OPH) with regards to COVID-19 (coronavirus) for the health and safety of our community. We will continue to monitor the situation and reassess as the situation evolves. Currently, please note:  

    • Due dates for all currently checked out materials have been extended and late fees suspended.
    • Book drops are not available since branches are closed. Hold on to OPL items and return them when branches reopen. 
    • Holds are suspended, and pick up expiry dates extended. This includes interlibrary loans (ILL).
    • Meeting room rentals are cancelled, and fees are being refunded; and
    • Computer bookings, programs, events and outreach activities are cancelled.
    • Expired cards, or those about to expire, have been extended. 

    You can use the Library online:

    We thank you for your patience and support, and we look forward to seeing you online and in person again soon.

Accessible collection launched in branches across the Ottawa Public Library

07/11/2018

Talking book customers can now browse OPL’s DAISY audio book collection at the Elmvale Acres branch, Greenboro branch and the Main branch of the Ottawa Public Library.

Who can qualify to be a DAISY audiobook Talking Book customer? You are eligible for this service if you have a print disability (permanent or temporary) due to blindness, visual impairment, physical disability and/or learning disability in accordance with the definition provided for "perceptual disability" in Section 32. (1) of the Canadian Copyright Act. You must also have a valid OPL card registered in your name.

What are DAISY audiobooks? An audiobook in DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) format in English and French.  A DAISY audiobook can contain up to 30 hours of material on one CD. DAISY audiobooks must be played on digital readers, also known as DAISY players.

Browse the Ottawa Public Library DAISY audio book collection online, which has over 4,500 titles!

To learn more about the collection or how to become a Talking Book customer please call (T): 613-580-2424, ext 28321 or email Accessibility.office@BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca