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  • UPDATE – Provincial announcement regarding public libraries and pickups


    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. 


    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.

BrowseAloud Plus

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You may have noticed a new icon has recently appeared in the header of the OPL website. BrowseAloud Plus is now enabled on the OPL website, which allows users to have website content read aloud to them while the text is highlighted on the screen.  It will also read out PDF documents from the website.  This tool is useful for people with print disabilities, such as dyslexia, or mild visual impairments. Please note that BrowseAloud only works on OPL web pages and doesn’t work in BiblioCommons or OverDrive.

After selecting the BrowseAloud icon in the header of the page, the BrowseAloud toolbar appears.The first green button is the “hover to speak” mode. Simply move your mouse over the text to have it read aloud. The second button is an alternative to the hover highlighting and allows you to select specific text for it to read.

Other neat features of BrowseAloud plus:

• A translator which translates text into 74 different languages.
• MP3 maker which allows you to select the text you want read and convert it to an MP3 file to be saved and read later.
• Text magnification which magnifies the text at the top of the page as it is being read aloud.
• Screen mask: features a semi-opaque black mask across the screen to block out distractions on the page and focus on one small section. 
• Simplifier: this feature removes clutter from the page and presents a simple layout. Once this option is chosen, users can also choose to increase text size and change colour contrast on the page.

For more information on BrowseAloud Plus see the BrowseAloud support page.