• The following branches are closed due to the power outage:

    Carlingwood

    Emerald Plaza

    Nepean Centrepointe

    Richmond

    Ruth E. Dickinson

    Sunnyside

    We will be updating this list as power returns to the affected areas.

    Bookmobile service and Homebound deliveries are cancelled on Monday.

  • Please note: branches that are open might experience issues with WiFi access and public computers might be down.

    Thank you for your patience.

  • Hold extension

    We recognize that many residents were impacted by the power outages. We have extended all HOLDS until Tuesday for all customers.

Accessibility resources

The following links include a variety of information useful for people with, or who support, individuals with disabilities.

General

Canadian Council of the Blind Accessible Book Club Handbook:  Takes you through the steps to set up and run book clubs using books in accessible formats.

CNIB Library

Independent Living Canada: An organization that supports people with disabilities across Canada.

OC Transpo Community Bus Pass: Information about the discounted Community Pass, including OPL locations where the pass can be purchased.

Software and Technology

AMIS : A free software program that you can use to read DAISY format audiobooks on your computer.

Humanware : A company that sells accessibility technology and equipment, including Victor Readers (DAISY players).

WordTalk: A free plug-in to be used with Microsoft Word that can help individuals with difficulty reading. Can speak and highlight text in a Word document.

Training and Help Guides

Dragon NaturallySpeaking instructional videos: Videos that provide instructions on how to do various functions with this speech recognition software (available on the Library’s assistive workstations).

JAWS screen reading software webinars: Free webinars from Freedom Scientific on how to use JAWS, a screen reading software for people with vision loss (available on the Library’s assistive workstations).

Kurzweil 3000 software webinars: Free webinars from Kurzweil Educational Systems on how to use Kurzweil 3000, a scanning, reading and writing software for people with learning disabilities or reading difficulties (available on the Library’s assistive workstations).

Ontario Network for Education – Assistive Technology Support: various resources and training materials to enhance the academic success of students. Resources are available for K-12 as well as post-secondary students.

Funding and Support

ALSO Alternative Learning Styles & Outlooks: Adult and family literacy services, including university/college preparation for English reading and writing for students who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Alternative Education Resources for Ontario (AERO – Ministry of Education): Provides educational materials in accessible formats to students with perceptual disabilities who attend publicly funded educational institutions in Ontario, including K-12 and post-secondary students.

Learning Disabilities Association of Ottawa-Carleton: Provides information and programs for people who have, or support those, with learning disabilities and ADHD.

Ontario Assistive Devices Program : Offers support and funding to qualified Ontario residents with long-term disabilities to get equipment and supplies, including DAISY players.

Parent Resource Centre – Incredible Directory:  Includes parenting resources for children with special needs in the Ottawa-Carleton region.