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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Community Connections

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The COVID-19 pandemic has touched our communities profoundly. The Ottawa Public Library is here to provide you with reliable information on where and how to find help in your community. Find local news as well as information about the community supports et services available in your neighbourhood.

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Connect with your Community

City of Ottawa: Mayors and City Councillors

Your City Councillor’s website has links to resources in the community that you can access during the pandemic. If you don’t know who your Councillor is, there is an online tool available to find your ward and Councillor. The contact information for the Mayor and each Councilor is available if further assistance is required.

Viral Kindness

We can all make a difference in our community by helping those who are having trouble due to physical isolation requirements. If you want to lend a hand, use this form to offer assistance to your neighbours!

The Good Companions: Seniors Centre Without Walls

The Good Companions, Seniors Centre without Walls provides the opportunity for participants to join in on health and wellness seminars, educational lectures, brain-stimulating activities, listen to live musical entertainment, join in on general conversations, and make new and meaningful friendships – all from the comfort of home! It works just the same as attending a class or a lecture at the centre, but instead it is facilitated over the telephone.

Community Resource Centres in Ottawa

Community resource centres provide community access to a wide variety of health and social services to people of all ages. Here is a list of community resource centres in Ottawa:

Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre (EORC)

Nepean Rideau Osgoode Community Resource Centre (NROCRC)

Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre (CRC)

Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre

Rural Ottawa South Support Services (ROSSS)

Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre (WOCRC)


Stay Connected with Local Newspapers

Looking for the latest news in your community? These local newspapers have many resources and information that can help you stay connected with your community during the pandemic:

Barhaven Independent

Capital Current 

Centretown Buzz

Glebe Report

Hometown News Carleton Place

Kitchissippi Times


Manotick Messenger

Millstone News (Almonte, Pakenham, Mississippi Mills and Carleton Place) 

Muslim Link

New Edinburgh News

The Orléans Star


OSCAR (Ottawa South Community Association Review) 

Ottawa Jewish Bulletin

Richmond Hub

Riverview Park Review 

Sandy Hill Community News 

Stittsville Central 

VISTAS News (Alta Vista) 

To discover more community newspapers near the Ottawa Region, elsewhere in Ontario, or to stay current with major newspapers from Canada and around the world, check out Press Reader. Access newspapers online or on your device for free with your library card using Press Reader. Don't have a library card? Get a Card today!

Online resources

  • Homepage of Ottawa Citizen
    A searchable archive of 30 days which is part of the database Library PressDisplay. Articles can be translated into German, Greek, Spanish or French. The viewer can also listen to individual articles in any of these languages. To access articles...
  • Homepage for PressReader
    Provides access to today’s newspapers and magazines from all over the world. Advanced features allow automated translation as well the ability to listen to articles. Canadian newspaper titles include the Ottawa Citizen, the Globe and Mail, National Post, Le Devoir...
    Access to The Globe and Mail is limited to customers using PressReader in a library branch due to restrictions imposed by the publisher. The Washington Post is no longer available from the PressReader platform as per the publisher's request.
    However, full text access for The Washington Post is available from our other two databases: Academic OneFile and Gale OneFile: Business.(delayed 1 day).
    Full text remote access for Globe & Mail is available from Canadian Major Dailies_ProQuest. It doesn't include the pictures, charts or graphs, but it is searchable.
  • Homepage for Eureka.cc
    The database allows searchable access to full articles, columns and features from the major French-Canadian newspapers and certain magazines such as Protégez-vous and L`Actualité. News sources include full-text articles from Le Droit, Le Devoir, La Presse, Le Soleil and SRC...
  • Homepage for Canadian Major Dailies
    This full-text database 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. Content is updated daily. Among the titles are The Globe and...
    Full text remote access for Globe & Mail is available here.
    • Login to Canadian Major Dailies_ProQuest
    • Click on Publications located on the top bar of the page
    • Type Globe and Mail in the search box
    • Click on the search results for The Globe and Mail (Jan. 1, 2020 – present)
    • Browse specific issues
  • Homepage of New York Times
    Enjoy high quality journalism and rich multimedia storytelling from the New York Times online. Access includes articles from 1851-1922 and 1981 to present. Please note: You must create a New York Times account to access. An email address is required...
    *Please ignore the subscription notices while browsing the site. We recommend that you use Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge to access content from the NYT database.