UPDATE: Additional Services at OPL Branches – Starting Feb. 22


Starting Monday, February 22:

  • 25 of our 28 open branches will offer returns and holds pick up inside the branches, as well as browsing, and use of public computers.
  • Rosemount, Orléans, and Metcalfe branches will offer contactless returns and holds pick up inside the branches.
  • The Bookmobile will offer browsing of a small collection at all stops.
  • Hours of operation will remain the same.
  • Mask wearing inside the branches, and outside in line, remain mandatory.

For more details, go to the OPL blog.

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Let’s talk about Open Access, Open Data and Open Education


“Open access enables researchers to make their publications freely available to the domestic and international research community and to the public at large, thereby enhancing the use, application and impact of research results” (Government of Canada, 2016, para. 2).

(Best of all, these resources are free!)

Open access works to increase access to, and availability of information, and can work to promote transparency. The open movement is participatory; it promotes free access, collaboration, development, and sharing of knowledge (Open Data Handbook, n.d.).  There are minimal (if any) copyrights attached, and many have Creative Commons licences, geared toward promoting re-use and distribution.

The open movement encompasses many areas including open access publications, courses, textbooks and data portals. Below are some example of open areas that you may find of interest:

Open Access Literature

Project Gutenberg (free e-books)

Open Data Portals

City of Ottawa’s Open Data Catalogue

Government of Canada’s Open Information

Open Access Journals

DOAJ- Directory of Open Access Journals

Open Access Textbooks

University of Minnesota, Open Textbook Library

Open Library, E-Campus Library

Open Access Courses

MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Open Courseware

University of Alberta, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC)

Open Educational Resources

OER Commons

Merlot II (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching)

Want to learn more about Open Educational Resources (OER)?  Check out this video on YouTube from Professor Michael McNally (a Professor at the University of Alberta) called

Democratizing Access to Knowledge: Find Out What Open Educational Resources (OER) Have to Offer

Democratizing Access to Knowledge: Find Out What Open Educational Resources (OER) Have to Offer