Regular hours resumed Sept. 7, 2021

15/10/2021

Ottawa Public Library has returned to regular pre-pandemic hours at most branches as of September 7, 2021 — including Sunday hours at 10 branches and InfoService. Hours are posted at branch entrances and on the Hours and location page of the OPL website.   

 

Alta Vista branch: Return to regular hours and service

27/10/2021

Alta Vista branch has returned to regular service and hours on October 22, 2021.

Overdrive: Issues with older Apple devices or browsers

12/10/2021

Recent changes by Overdrive and Libby have impacted compatibility with older versions of Apple's mobile and desktop operating systems. Those who use older Apple devices (Mac computers running lower than macOS 10.12.1 and iPhones/iPads running iOS 9) may have trouble using the OverDrive desktop or mobile apps, while Libby is no longer supported on iPhones and iPads running iOS 9.

Carlingwood branch: Elevator out of service

18/10/2021

The elevator at Carlingwood branch is currently out of service. 

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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.

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

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

Ontario Network for Education : 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.

Computer Wise:  Provides meaningful computer-based employment readiness and skills development opportunities for adults with multiple disabilities.   Our program offers an innovative and fun workspace where participants use adaptive technologies in an effort to break down barriers to independence.

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: Includes parenting resources for children with special needs in the Ottawa-Carleton region.