Step 1: Contactless services inside most open branches


There are contactless services inside most of our 31 open branches, with strict capacity limits in place, as of June 14, 2021, except at Metcalfe Village, Orléans and Rosemount. This means:

  • Pick up holds and check them out at self-checkout stations.
  • Return borrowed items to book drops anytime.
  • Access to PCs, Chromebooks, and printing, where these are available.
  • No other services: no browsing, no washroom access.
  • Mask-wearing remains mandatory inside, and outside in line.

For details, go to Current Branch Services.

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An interactive online resource for newspapers and magazines: PressReader!

Preview of the PressReader app.


You can read literally thousands of newspapers and magazines around Canada and the world with PressReader. Publications include the Ottawa Citizen, Le Devoir, Canadian Geographic, Sélection/Reader’s Digest, Elle Québec, Kayak, Style at Home, Our Canada, Géo Plein Air and Hockey News.  The Globe and Mail is only available for in-library use only.

You are not restricted to the default interface.  A drop-down menu on the upper right of the web page allows you to change the language, the order of the publications seen and how you want to see the display of publications.  Signing in to the PressReader website through the Ottawa Public Library and your library card will allow you to select your favourite publications so you do not need to browse the menu every time.  It also allows you to keep the language settings.

Once an article or page is selected, the menu at the top right changes. There are options to select the Interface language (as before), a translation of the article, the choice to have the article read to you, and alter the size of the text for easier reading.

Other options include printing a selected page, sharing it through social media or email, printing the page or selection of a page, or save it to a collection.

PressReader has an app for most operating systems: iOS, Android, Windows (mobile and desktop), Amazon Fire and Blackberry.  Click here for a guide on how to set up PressReader.

All the news at home. No home delivery subscription required!


Blog post contributed by Greg from the Manotick Branch.