Provincial State of Emergency: Impact to OPL Services


OPL services have not been impacted by the provincial announcement on Tuesday, January 12. Curbside returns and holds pickup services will continue at open branches.

Hours of operation will remain the same for most branches. Greely, North Gower, and Richmond branches will shift their hours to close by 8 p.m., and all Bookmobile stops will close by 8 p.m.

For details about current services, please visit this page.

HOLDS: If you cannot pick up your hold on time, please cancel it in your online account or contact Infoservice before the pickup date. 

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Free access to Infobase until July 7!

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Looking for learning resources? No worries, this new portal is the right tool for you! 

Good news!  The Ottawa Public Library is now providing access to Infobase’s Home Study Resources.  This portal includes 15 subject-specific online databases and non-fiction eBooks covering a wide range of grades and subjects.

These portals include an incredible wealth of resources on various subjects, each one more exciting than the last: Today’s Science aims to bridges the gap between the science taught in class and real-world discoveries by leading scientists—giving comprehensive and in-depth explanations of some of the most important advances in biology, chemistry, environmental science, space, physics, and technology. Each article includes vivid images and groundbreaking videos that help make difficult concepts understandable. Ancient and Medieval History, for its part, provides thorough coverage of world history from prehistory through the mid-1500s. Consult detailed maps, read the full, original texts of ancient codes of law, famous speeches first told hundreds of years ago, trade routes, and so much more.

World Religions explores religion and spirituality in an objective manner, from the ceremonies of the first practitioners to the elaborate rituals of today. Discover how different religions pray and celebrate, and even listen to some sacred music from around the world. Issues & Controversies helps students and researchers understand today’s crucial issues by exploring hundreds of hot topics in politics, government, business, society, education, and popular culture.

Finally, three separate ebook collections offer you thousands of nonfiction volumes to consult directly in your browser, including the full Bloom’s Literature collection, which includes thousands of critical essays and discussion questions, plus author biographies and character analyses, full-length poems, the full text of hundreds of reference books, full-length videos of classic plays and films, and more.


This database will be helpful to students studying at home during the COVID-19 school closures.  Free access will be valid until July 7, 2020


Here is the login information:

  • Username: OttawaPL
  • Password: digital