Current In-Person Services


OPEN BRANCHES: 22 of our branches and the Bookmobile are currently open for modified services at this time.

Additional branches will reopen for contactless returns and holds pickup in the fall and early winter. Details:

HOURS AND LOCATIONS: for current branch hours.

BOOKMOBILE: for the current Bookmobile stops schedule.

MANDATORY: Masks are required to be worn inside Ottawa Public Library branches, as per theTemporary Mandatory Mask By-law. Customers who are not wearing masks will not be allowed inside branches. Exceptions apply for people with medical exemptions.

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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.