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  • UPDATE – Provincial announcement regarding public libraries and pickups

    15/05/2020

    We greatly appreciate the Province’s announcement that as part of the first phase of reopening libraries can begin to offer pick-up or delivery of materials. 

    There is a lot of work to do be able to offer these services while ensuring the safety of our employees and our customers. Our plan to resume our physical services needs to account for physical distancing requirements, provision of personal protective equipment, enhanced sanitary controls, and new protocols for employees and customers. We are working on offering holds pick-ups as soon as we can safely do so.  

    We will be communicating all new developments in our service offering to you on all our platforms, as soon as we have updates. 

    Thank you for your patience as we move through this rapidly evolving situation. 

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    OPL branches, Bookmobile stops and Homebound delivery services are closed until June 30, 2020. The closure is in response to advice from Ottawa Public Health (OPH) with regards to COVID-19 (coronavirus) for the health and safety of our community. We will continue to monitor the situation and reassess as the situation evolves. Currently, please note:  

    • Due dates for all currently checked out materials have been extended and late fees suspended.
    • Book drops are not available since branches are closed. Hold on to OPL items and return them when branches reopen. 
    • Holds are suspended, and pick up expiry dates extended. This includes interlibrary loans (ILL).
    • Meeting room rentals are cancelled, and fees are being refunded; and
    • Computer bookings, programs, events and outreach activities are cancelled.
    • Expired cards, or those about to expire, have been extended. 

    You can use the Library online:

    We thank you for your patience and support, and we look forward to seeing you online and in person again soon.

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.