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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.

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.