Website Maintenance: Saturday, July 31


We will be performing maintenance to our systems. Access to your OPL account and search functions will be unavailable from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm Saturday, July 31. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Colonel By Day: August 2


All Ottawa Public Library branches will be closed on Monday, August 2. Virtual services and loans can be accessed on our website. 

Temporary closure: Alta Vista


Due to upgrades to the front entrance, the Alta Vista branch will be closed from July 26 to August 8. There will be no returns or holds pick-up during that time. Alta Vista branch will reopen August 9 at 10 am.   

Step 3: More services inside most open branches


Browsing, public computers, newspapers and magazines are available inside most of our 31 open branches, with capacity limits for two-metre distancing. Up to 200 items can also be put on hold.

Starting July 26:

Mask-wearing remains mandatory inside, and outside in line. For more details, go to Current Branch Services.

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La Bibliothèque des Amériques

Woman reading E Book


La Bibliothèque des Amériques (BA) is a unique library. It was created by le Centre de la francophonie des Amériques (CFA) and sponsored by Dany Lafferière. It gives free access to thousands of French books by Franco American authors (authors from Quebec, Ontario, Haiti, French West Indies, Louisiana and New England) in ePub or PDF format.  It includes fiction and historical books, biographies, well being and personal growth books, essays, cookbooks, travel accounts, poetry books, children fiction, educational books, university publications, etc.  La Bibliothèque des Amériques also includes a selection of audio books, the library has a partnership with Radio-Canada, who produces audio books.


To access it, you need to become a member of the Centre de la francophonie des Amériques, it’s free! Then visit the BA website and browse their collection. You can borrow no more than four books at a time, the loan is for three weeks, if the book is borrowed you can reserve it and there is no annual borrowing limit.  There is online guide that demonstrates how to start borrowing BA books.


Blog post contributed by Alfonsina from our Cumberland branch.