Website Maintenance: Saturday, July 31


We will be performing maintenance to our systems. Access to your OPL account and search functions will be unavailable from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm Saturday, July 31. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Colonel By Day: August 2


All Ottawa Public Library branches will be closed on Monday, August 2. Virtual services and loans can be accessed on our website. 

Temporary closure: Alta Vista


Due to upgrades to the front entrance, the Alta Vista branch will be closed from July 26 to August 8. There will be no returns or holds pick-up during that time. Alta Vista branch will reopen August 9 at 10 am.   

Step 3: More services inside most open branches


Browsing, public computers, newspapers and magazines are available inside most of our 31 open branches, with capacity limits for two-metre distancing. Up to 200 items can also be put on hold.

Starting July 26:

Mask-wearing remains mandatory inside, and outside in line. For more details, go to Current Branch Services.

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The Art of Natural Living

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Natural living is about being mindful of where your products come from, how they are made, and what they leave behind in terms of waste.  This includes various practices such as zero-waste, organic, living sustainably and many others. We have pulled together our favourite eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, and streaming videos which will give you smart advice and recipes for living a cleaner, healthier lifestyle.


Natural Living on Food

The Family Garden Plan: Grow A Year's Worth of Sustainable and Healthy Food (ebook)

Vert couleur persil : mes recettes simples et gourmandes (livre numérique)


Go Zero Waste

Zéro Déchet (livre numérique)

Zero Waste:Simple Life Hacks to Drastically Reduce your Trash (ebook)


Natural Living on Health and Fitness

Eight Weeks to Optimum Health: A Proven Program for Taking Full Advantage of your Body's Natural Healing Power (downloadable audiobook)

La beauté naturelle: 50 soins à faire chez soi pour le visage, le corps et les cheveux (livre numérique)

Wits Guts Grit: All-natural Biohacks for Raising Smart, Resilient Kids (downloadable audiobook)


Natural Living and the Environment

Going to Green: Volume 1, Towards a More Sustainable Community (streaming video)

Going to Green: Volume 2, Elements of Sustainability (streaming video)


Natural Living at Home

Simply Living Well: A Guide to Creating A Natural, Low-waste Home (ebook)

Go Green Around Your Home (Streaming Video)


Blog post contributed by Wendy from our Hazeldean branch.


The Art of Natural Livingby Wendy_library

Perfect for those interested in sustainability, natural products and mindfulness.