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 would like to pause, cancel, or manage your holds, you can do so in your online account.

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Highlighted Online Resources


With your library card from the Ottawa Public Library, you can access amazing (and totally free!) online resources whenever and wherever you like!

  1. Read  an eBook

With OverDrive, Express eBooks CloudLibrary, and MaBiblio,users of all ages can borrow from and enjoy our digital collection, which includes popular titles as well as hidden gems in English, French, and Chinese.

  1. Listen to an eAudiobook

Stream or download an eAudiobook from Overdrive Audiobooks, French audiobooks: CloudLibrary, and RBdigital eAudiobooks to your device and listen anytime, anywhere.

  1. Watch movies

You can stream or temporarily download movies and television shows from Hoopla, or watch thought-provoking series such as the Great Courses and other unique documentaries from Kanopy. There are numerous educational videos available from Access Video on Demand and  too.

  1. Listen to music

You can download and access hundreds of thousands of songs from Freegal and get streaming access to over one million tracks from classical, contemporary, and jazz, to world music from several Naxos databases. You can listen to complete music albums from Hoopla too.

  1. Flip through an eMagazine or newspapers 

Access a complete scanned version of today’s edition of popular newspapers and magazines just as they appear in print. These include the Ottawa Citizen, the Toronto Star, Canadian Living , Macleans, the Economist, and more. Available from PressReader,  Flipster, RBdigital Magazines (Zinio), New York Times , and Eureka. - major French-Canadian newspapers and certain magazines.

  1. Learn new skills

Over 3,000 video tutorial courses taught by experts to help anyone learn business, computer science, photography or creative skills from Learn a new language or improve your English from Mango Languages. ArtistWorks provides you with world-class instruction through self-paced video lessons for the most popular string and band instruments. Art and voice classes are also included.

  1. Get inspiration from an online readers’ resource

Find reviews and recommendations for fiction, non-fiction, and theme-oriented book lists from NoveList Plus, NoveList K-8 Plus and get inspiration from What do I Read Next?

  1. Enhance your business and career

Learn business writing skills from Business Writing; search for a job from the largest single job posting site: CareerAim; and access big data and financial information on over 6,000 stocks and other financial products from Value Line

  1. Access TumbleBook databases for kids

Animated picture books, read-along chapter books, and a comprehensive collection of online math exercises will be sure to help kids improve their literacy and math skills.

  1. Access Consumer Reports provides a one-stop buying guide for almost everything. Individual articles from recent issues are also available on Canadian Reference Centre with full text PDF (Scanned with color images).


The OPL has subscribed to a wide range of more than 50 online resources. The above-mentioned databases are just a starting point for your exploration. Here is the link to the complete list of OPL Online Resources.