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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Travel from home


As we all practice self-isolation, it’s hard to imagine a journey beyond our front door. As an avid traveller, I can’t help but wonder when I will be able to take my next trip. So, in the meantime, how about “travelling” from home? Pick a country you’ve always wanted to visit. Then, spend a day there. For example, we’ve all been thinking of Italy lately. OPL has many online resources to take you there…


Through ebooks and audiobooks:

The enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim

Call me by your name by André Aciman

Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon

The dance of the seagull by Andrea Camilleri (audiobook)

Women in sunlight by Frances Mayes (audiobook)


And movies:

La Sapienza

Journey to Italy


Bicycle thieves


And while you’re at it, why not learn a few key phrases with Mango Languages:

Mango Languages offers 40 online language learning courses for English speakers and 15 English courses for non-English speakers. Each course has 100 lessons. In each lesson, the students see text and hear dialog that they are invited to repeat.

Mango Languages


And finally, learn about food in Italian history and culture and try a new recipe (because who doesn’t love Italian food??) with A to Z World Food:


A to Z World Food


Many museums have virtual tours

Try the Vatican:


Travel vicariously through travel blogs

If you want to plan your next trip, even if you don’t know when it will be these two have lots of good info and tips:




If you’re looking for great photos and personal stories peruse these:




Have another country in mind?

Play around with different destinations. Maybe a recipe in A to Z World Foods will inspire you to find books and movies that take place in that country. Or maybe a favourite movie will inspire you to explore more about that country. Have fun and happy travels!


Blog post contributed by Elizabeth from the Rockcliffe Park Branch