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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Online Newspapers


For health and safety reasons, physical newspapers are not currently available in branches. But don’t worry – you can still access many newspapers through our online resources! We know that access to current news is more important than ever, so here is a guide to some of our most popular newspaper databases.

PressReader provides access to today’s newspapers and magazines from all over the world, including the Ottawa Citizen, Le Devoir, the Toronto Star, and the Guardian. For more information on using PressReader, visit this blog.

Canadian Major Dailies_ProQuest includes the complete available electronic backfiles for major national and regional newspapers from 1985 to current, providing full access to the articles, columns, editorials, and features. Through this platform, you can access newspapers such as Globe and Mail, National Post, Montreal Gazette, Ottawa Citizen, Toronto Star, Regina Leader Post, Edmonton Journal, Vancouver Sun and the Victoria Times Colonist. allows searchable access to full articles, columns, and features from the major French-Canadian newspapers. This database provides access to French-Canadian newspapers like Le Droit, Le Devoir, La Presse, Le Soleil, and SRC radio and television.

You can check out all of our online newspapers through our Online Resources. This page also includes direct links to some individual publications, including the New York Times. Or, if you’re looking for political news, look no further than iPolitics, Canada’s only digital-native news service covering politics, policy, and the business of government. Finally, if you want to know which database includes your favourite magazines and newspapers, try searching it in our A-Z list-Full Text Finder.