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Welcoming Syrian Refugees to Ottawa


On behalf of all of us at the Ottawa Public Library, we would like to extend a very warm welcome to the newest Ottawa residents.  We are looking forward to meeting you and your family soon! 

Over the years, the Ottawa Public Library has been deeply involved in welcoming and integrating newcomers to the Ottawa Community.  The Ottawa Public Library offers a variety of resources and programs, all for FREE.

Explore the section below to learn how the library and other City of Ottawa services are helping Syrian refugees settle into the community.

  • Get a library card, it’s free! (Instructions available in English and Arabic).  You will need to bring photo identification and proof of address, such as a utility bill or bank statement.
  • Visit the Newcomer Services webpage of the Ottawa Public Library to learn about newcomer programs that include, English and French conversation groups, children and adult homework help, settlement seminars, citizenship information, and book lists for the whole family. 
  • Borrow Books, DVDs, and music CDs in Arabic.
  • Need access to a computer? The library provides computer workstations at all 33 branches. Free WiFi is also available at all OPL branches. Use our printers (10 cents a page), scanners, word processing software, games and much more.
  • Bring your family and friends and enjoy a guided library tour at your local library branch. Meet your friendly library staff and see what services, programs and resources the library can offer you and your family.
  • Community groups and concerned citizens recently launched Refugee 613, a short-term project in response to the global refugee crisis. is intended to be the first point of reference for anyone interested in sponsoring refugees, volunteering their time or learning where to donate.
  • Hear stories from local refugees and the settlement efforts that are taking place in Ottawa by visiting CBC online.
  • For information on the Syrian Refugee crisis, visit the Catholic Centre for Immigrants (non-profit organization whose mandate is to provide assistance to immigrants and refugees). 


For more information, please visit your nearest library branch or contact InfoService at 613-580-2940 or