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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.

Infotainment. . . in the 1800s? Early Canadiana Online brings you back!


Did you think “infotainment” started with The Daily Show?  Hardly . . . Canadians were enjoying similar news services 150 years ago, although obviously not via Internet streaming.  Satirical magazines like The Grumbler, Grinchuckle, and The Satirist delivered news tinged with more than a bit of sarcasm in the 1800s.   You can see just how little has changed over the years by perusing a few of the digital issues on the online resource Early Canadiana Online

 Early Canadiana Online brings the Canada of yesterday to your computer, with full-text digitized periodicals, government documents, and books from the 17th to the 20th century.    Genealogists will find family and local histories, voters’ lists, Parliamentary papers, and other official publications.  Students will find primary source material on any aspect of Canadian history.  And the curious will find all kinds of things!




This appears to be unavailable online through the OPL, but rather requires a private, paid subscription - is this the case? or can it be accessed only in the library?

Hi, thanks for your comment. Early Canadiana Online is available through the library, and can be accessed from home. You need to have a library card and to be logged in to the OPL website before accessing it, though. Log in when you first open the library website - click on the Log In/ My OPL link in the upper right-hand corner of the page. Once you have logged in, click on Online Resources and then choose Early Canadiana Online. You should see the ECO search page. In the black bar at the top of the page you should see "Welcome, Ottawa Public Library". You can now start your search. Do not click the "Log in" link on this page.
Please let us know if this doesn't work or if you have any other problems with this online resource.