Step 1: Contactless services inside most open branches

17/06/2021

There are contactless services inside most of our 31 open branches, with strict capacity limits in place, as of June 14, 2021, except at Metcalfe Village, Orléans and Rosemount. This means:

  • Pick up holds and check them out at self-checkout stations.
  • Return borrowed items to book drops anytime.
  • Access to PCs, Chromebooks, and printing, where these are available.
  • No other services: no browsing, no washroom access.
  • Mask-wearing remains mandatory inside, and outside in line.

For details, go to Current Branch Services.

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Online Resources

Use our free online resources for consumer research, online classes, language learning newspaper reading and more.

Online Resources

  • Britannica Library for Kids
    Access thousands of articles that cover subjects for school and fun, from nations of the world to animals and sports.
  • Homepage for Canadian Encyclopedia
    This encyclopedia includes over 40,000 articles and 60,000 photographs, as well as maps, graphs, games, quizzes and videos. Updated regularly, it contains The Encylopedia of Canada, The Youth Encyclopedia of Canada. (in English only) The Encyclopedia of Music in Canada,...
  • edumedia
    Short animations in English, French, Arabic, Spanish, and Russian, amongst other languages, with complementary texts to learn about scientific concepts.
  • Homepage of Encyclopædia Universalis Junior
    Encyclopédie en ligne entièrement en français spécialement conçue pour les enfants et pour les jeunes adolescents.
  • Homepage of Encyclopédie Découverte
    Articles include maps, photos, illustrations, diagrams, audio clips, statistics, links to related information and citation information. Icons also direct users to a dictionary, photo gallery, list of activities and web links. Subject areas include people, plants and animals, places, history...
  • Homepage for Just for Kids
    Over 8,092 fun and informative video and audio titles featuring Berenstain Bears, Franklin the Turtle, Wild Kratts and many more. Subject areas include arts, music, animals, sports, hobbies, math, science and reading. More than 430 educational interactives are also available.
  • Homepage for Naxos MusicBox
    Naxos MusicBox is a brand new carefully produced and beautifully presented music resource for children. Naxos MusicBox is an educational tool. It offers friendly, informative written texts, colourful and clear design, and tailored playlists of over 4,000 audio tracks. Selections...
    Teacher or Parents access :
    Username: OttawaPLadmin
    Password: OttawaPLadmin
    Teachers or Parents can access everything on the site, including a section of ‘With a teacher’ class activities and accompanying PDF resources, giving clear guidance on what to do.
    Student access :
    Username: OttawaPLmem
    Password: OttawaPLmem
    Students can access everything on screen, but no PDFs – so no resources or information sheets.
  • Homepage of NoveList K-8 Plus
    NoveList K-8 Plus is a trusted source of read-alike recommendations specifically for younger readers. It helps kids find books that are just right for their reading level and interests. Parents, teachers, and librarians can also find tools to teach with books and engage young readers.
  • Solaro homepage
    SOLARO is an online study resource. It takes a proactive approach to student’s education by continuing the learning process outside of school hours to supplement what students learn at school. Students can access full sets of lessons covering core concepts,...
    Customers will need to enter a library card the first time to request a SOLARO Account
    You can then use this information to log in to the website www.solaro.com or to log in through the SOLARO app on your mobile devices.
  • Homepage for TumbleBook Library
    Collection of online books created by adding animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books from major children's book publishers and designed to develop a love of reading in children. The books can be read by parents to their children or read by a child. Games, quizzes and other activities are included to help develop reading skills. TumbleBookLibrary can be used in English, French and Spanish.
  • Homepage for TumbleBookCloud Jr.
    Tumble Book Cloud Junior includes over 600 titles, including ebooks, read-along chapter books, graphic novels, educational videos from National Geographic, and audiobooks. This collection is designed for readers in grades 3 - 6.
  • Homepage for TumbleMath
    TumbleMath is a comprehensive collection of online math, story and picture books that includes full narration and animation. Lesson plans and quizzes are available and specifically written to address math standards.