You are here

eBooks and audiobooks

Need help with your eReader? Visit our support page.

All catalogue features are available via OPL's free apps:

  • Search for items and use geo-locator to find the closest location
  • Manage your account, renew items, place holds and view what you have checked out
  • Browse recent arrivals and read what others are saying

Learn more about food in history and culture while discovering thousands of traditional recipes from 174 countries.

AtoZ World Food features:

  • 6,500 + Recipes
  • 750 + World Beer Reviews
  • 13,000 + High Quality photos
  • 500 + Ingredient Articles
  • 850 + Future Culture Articles
  • 6 Food Glossaries
  • Personal Recipe Book

Naxos Works Database is your online catalogue of classical music works, with a wealth of detail like duration, instrumentation, publisher and work introductions. With more than 26,000 works and new works being added every day, it is your gateway to the world of classical music.

This product is limited to one user. If you have trouble logging on you may wish to try again later.

In order to properly end a session and free up a user count, please click on the red Log-Out button.

Listen to the world's literature! Access the complete catalogue of critically acclaimed Naxos audiobooks, with transcriptions available for English language learning. Categories for Children's Classics, Classic Fiction, and Shakespeare's plays. New titles are added monthly. 

This product is limited to 5 simultaneous users. If you have trouble logging on you may wish to try again later.

In order to properly end a session and free up a user count, please click on the red Log-Out button. 

Mobile App activation code is: OttawaPLSWpd05MWF, 1. Download App 2. Select "Connect with your institution. 3. Type in the above activation code., 4. Click "SUBMIT" 5. Create account. 6. Check your email to activate Naxos Spoken Word Library personal playlist account.

...read more usage notes about Naxos Spoken Word Library

Watch the world's greatest opera houses, ballet companies, orchestras and artists perform on demand. Featuring performances from legendary artists including Placido Domingo, Claudio Abbado, Luciano Pavarotti, Martha Argerich and Herbert von Karajan. Over 2,500 full-length videos.

This product is limited to 5 simultaneous users. If you have trouble logging on you may wish to try again later.

In order to properly end a session and free up a user count, please click on the red Log-Out button. 

Naxos Music Library World offers a wide range of music, from legendary historical musical performances to contemporary world music. Recordings of over 32,000 artists are represented, over 1.500 cultural groups represented, and music from over 150 countries. Enjoy the complete Smithsonian Folkways catalogue as well as many other renonwed labels.

This product is limited to 5 simultaneous users. If you have trouble logging on you may wish to try again later.

In order to properly end a session and free up a user count, please click on the Log-Out button. 

Mobile App activation code is: OttawaPLnmlwPD5TCK, 1. Download App 2. Select "Connect with your institution. 3. Type in the above activation code., 4. Click "SUBMIT" 5. Create account. 6. Check your email to activate Naxos Music Library World personal playlist account.

...read more usage notes about Naxos Music Library World

Learn how to paint, knit, sew, and much more. Creativebug offers thousands of award-winning arts & crafts free video classes and workshops. They are all taught by recognized design experts and artists.

Categories include Knitting, Crochet, Art & Design, Paper, Sewing, Quilting, Jewelry, Kids, Food & Home, Holiday & Party, and include beginner and advanced classes.

Videos are completely ad-free. All have public performance rights and can be used by library programs to broadcast virtual Craft-A-Longs via Zoom, Facebook Live, YouTube, etc. Creativebug adds a minimum of 35 pieces of new content a month.

You can create an account using your email address.

Pronunciator is unique in offering personalized courses in any of 163 languages, and instruction in any of 144 home languages, ESL courses, audio lessons, American and Mexican Sign Languages. Pronunciator also includes ProCitizen, comprehensive preparation for the Canadian citizenship test. Users have unlimited, simultaneous, remote access.

Go Mobile The Pronunciator app is written in responsive HTML5, and can be used in any browser — even the browser in your mobile device.

LinkedIn Learning for Library is an upgrade to the previous Lynda Library product, providing continued lifelong learning opportunities for all of you. 

Customers will now have access to the following:

  1. Engaging content for every customer, with over 16,000 courses in 7 different languages
  2. A simple, time-saving login flow for customers that only requires a library card number and PIN, without the need for a LinkedIn profile
  3. An updated, easy-to-use, intuitive interface
  4. Your previous course history from Lynda.com

The Hilltimes.com – Canada’s political and government news service

Customers can access PDF versions of Ottawa's own twice-weekly newspaper, as well as previous, achieved issues back to 2004, or download and print a copy.  They can also search articles dating back to 1989, and access PDF versions of the Embassy Archives from 2004 to 2016. The Hill Times absorbed Embassy magazine and doubled its print edition to be twice-a-week starting from April 2016.

In addition to the digital edition of the Hill Times, there will be full access to HillTimes.com for daily updated breaking exclusive stories and in-depth articles about the people, the policies, and the politics that make the news. Enjoy a diversity of opinions and points of view, from various political angles.

Both In-library and unlimited simultaneous remote access from home are available.

The Hill Times is independently owned and based in Ottawa. Their website states that they are independent and non-partisan. Articles are written by well-respected journalists.

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 are presented in logical and engaging ways with lessons and examples. This is not merely a streaming platform; it is intended to enhance the music education of children aged 4–12. 

The website is based predominantly on classical music and there are numerous interactive activities included (e.g. multiple-choice listening questions that children can answer online). There are also specific activities for teachers to work through in a classroom. The site will be continually updated and expanded. 

Unlimited simultaneous access is available. Instead of using your own library card and PIN to log in, please use the user name and PIN provided below to login to Naxos Musicbox.

  • Teacher or Parents access : Username: OttawaPLnmbTR , Password:  C%h8S!Y#, Teachers or Parents can access everything on the site, including a section of ‘With a teacher’ class activities and accompan...read more usage notes about Naxos MusicBox

Canada’s Information Resource Centre now provides online access to five titles that we currently have in our collection:

  • Canadian Almanac and Directory

The Almanac section has its own pages and is searchable along with the directory.

  • Associations Canada

Introductory material is only available in PDF, the other content is searchable from the search fields.

  • Canadian Parliamentary Guide

Introductory material is only available in PDF, the other content can be searched by various fields.

  • Canadian Who’s Who

It has its own search screen. Please just click on the title and it will take you to the search screen.

  • FP Survey Predecessor & Defunct

It is not searchable through the search fields, but you can view the PDF version of this book

Since all those five printed titles are for in-library use only, this online remote access will provide a convenient option to access a diverse array of virtual who’s who and what’s where in Canada

This online access is for a single user license. If you have trouble logging on you may wish to try again later

Le Centre de documentation du Canada offre désormais accès en ligne à cinq ouvrages que nous avons actuellement dans notre collection imprimée : 

  • Répertoire et almanach canadien

La section de l’almanach en ligne comporte ses propres pages et est consultable, tout comme le répertoire.

  • Associations du Canada

L’introduction n’est disponible qu’en format PDF; le reste du contenu peut être trouvé à partir du champ de recherche.

  • Guide parlementaire canadien

L’introduction n’est disponible qu’en format PDF; le reste du contenu peut être trouvé à partir de divers onglets.

  • Canadian Who’s Who

L’accès en ligne comprend sa propre fenêtre de recherche. Il suffit de cliquer sur le titre pour y être dirigé :

  • FP Survey Predecessor & Defunct

Il ne peut pas être consulté à partir du champ de recherche, mais une version PDF du livre est disponible.

Cet accès en ligne n’est valable que pour une licence d’utilisation. Si vous n’arrivez pas à ouvrir une session, veuillez réessayer plus tard.

600,000 words … 3.5 million quotations … over 1000 years of English

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is widely acknowledged to be the most authoritative and comprehensive record of the English language in the world. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words— past and present—from across the English-speaking world.

As a historical dictionary, the OED is very different from dictionaries of current English, in which the focus is on present-day meanings. You’ll not only find present-day meanings in the OED, but also you’ll find the history of individual words, and of the language—traced through 3.5 million quotations, over 100 years of English.

Every three months the OED Online database is updated.

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, use building tools such as study notes and flash cards. Practice with quizzes and tests to identify strengths and weaknesses and review detailed solutions to every completed practice question.

All learning content and subjects (English, Mathematics, Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics) from Grade 3 to Grade 12 are aligned to the Ontario Curriculum.

Students have unlimited simultaneous access to this resource anytime, anywhere, and on all digital devices.

  • 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.

The world's premier resource for classical music videos, it gives you unlimited and simultaneous access to stunning live events streamed every year from the world’s most prestigious venues. Plus, it offers thousands of concerts, operas, ballets, documentaries, master classes, and many more films from the 1940s through to the present day. Available on all digital devices anytime, anywhere.

You can change the language setting to be English, French, Spanish and Russian

This digitized full-images archives of the Ottawa Citizen provides genealogists, researchers and general public with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time. 

This will allow Ottawans to digitally travel back through the centuries to become eyewitnesses to our local history.

Coverage is from 1845 to 2010, but you can access more recent full text content from September 1985 until now from Canadian Major Dailies ProQuest (Formerly Canadian Newsstand).

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.

Kanopy offers a large collection of high quality films and documentaries from art-house classics to world cinema, all available to play on your PC, phone, tablet and digital media player.  You can stream up to 4 films per month.  At the top right-hand side of page, you will see a “play credit tracker” that will alert you of how many play credits you have remaining.  

  • You can watch up to 4 films per month per card.
  • You can check out 1 series from The Great Courses per month per card with 30 days of access
  • Unlimited plays for any video in Kanopy Kids and any trailer.
  • ...read more usage notes about Kanopy

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.

NFB Campus streams almost 1,500 more films than the free NFB site. (Those 1,500 extra films  are only available for streaming in library through OPL NFB Campus subscription; The other 4,500 films are available free from NFB site www.nfb.ca).

These 6,000 films are 99% Canadian content in English and in French. They provide a focus on Canadian content and ready-made curated channels and playlists on a variety of topics, including children’s movies, Indigenous cinema, Indigenous voices, and reconciliation.

Campus User Guide

The Road to IELTS - Academic module provides an introduction, advice and tutorials, as well as interactive practices and simulated mock tests. These will help people prepare for the IELTS academic exam for higher education or professional registration in an English-speaking environment.   

See the IELTS Academic syllabus for detailed information.

The OPL also offers the IELTS General Training Module.

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular English language test for higher education and global migration. 

There are two types of IELTS test: the IELTS Academic and the IELTS General Training.

Both tests provide an assessment of four language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking.

The IELTS Academic measures whether your level of English language proficiency is suitable for an academic environment or professional registration. It reflects aspects of academic language and assesses whether you’re ready to begin studying or training.

The Road to IELTS- General Training module provides an introduction, advice and tutorial, as well as interactive practices and simulated mock tests. These will help people prepare General Training test for immigration, secondary education, work experience or training programs in English speaking countries.

You can run the program on mobile as well as tablet, desktop and laptop. 

See the IELTS General Training syllabus for detailed information.

OPL also offers the Academic Module.

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular English language test for higher education and global migration purposes. 

There are two types of IELTS test: the IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training.

Both tests provide an assessment of four language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking.

The IELTS General Training measures English language proficiency in a practical, everyday context. The test focuses on basic survival skills in broad social and workplace contexts.

The IELTS is also a requirement for migration to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. 

iPolitics is Canada’s only digital-native news service covering politics, policy and the business of government. Learn how politicians make decisions that affect your life and our country. From daily news to deep analysis - we’ve got you covered.

This product is limited to 20 simultaneous users. If you have trouble logging on you may wish to try again later.

Short animations in English, French, Arabic, Spanish, and Russian, amongst other languages, with complementary texts to learn about scientific concepts. 

Free and unlimited online courses in French. Learn languages, sewing, singing, coding for kids, and more! 

Worxica, a curated job vacancy archive, is Canada's first free big data job market research tool. It's built specifically for job seekers and recruiters. The tools is a curated, online archive of two million Canadian job vacancies advertised over the past year. It includes salaries, skills, and certification requirements and current job search data. 

Note: Once you’ve accessed the content, there is a limit of five to six searches for unregistered users. You will need to create a free account or login via social media and agree to Worxica’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policy to continue browsing beyond the first five or six searches.

MyHeritage Library Edition™ contains billions of historical documents from more than 48 countries, millions of historical photos, public records, indexes and additional resources. Available in 40 languages, it is the largest, most internationally diverse family history research database in the world. 

Users can access MyHeritage Library Edition either at the library or from the comfort of home via built-in remote access

Please note:

MyHeritage Library Edition, differs from the consumer version of My Heritage

...read more usage notes about MyHeritage Library Edition

A collection of thousands of individual genealogy databases from many different institutions. It includes American, Canadian and U.K. sources as well as some for Australia, New Zealand and Europe. Canadian coverage includes major sources such as the censuses from 1851 to 1916, Ontario civil registration of births, marriages and deaths, and the Quebec Drouin Collection (courthouse copies of parish registers). German records include passenger lists for many people leaving Eastern Europe. New databases are constantly being added.  Many of the sources are digitized.  Bring a USB flash drive to download your records.

Important Notice: You can access Ancestry Library Edition in our library branches through desktop computers provided by our library or your own personal laptop, tablet, or mobile phone. (Remote access is not supported.) 

Looking for your next book? Want to find more authors like your favorites? NoveList Plus has all your reading answers. Find books that match your interests, read-alikes for your favorite titles and authors, or ready-made book lists on your favorite genres. With NoveList Plus you'll fill up your to-read list in no time!

Analyze industry events and trends, company performance and activity, as well as the latest in management, economics and politics. Publications include broker research reports, trade publications, newspapers, journals and company directory listings, investment reports, market overviews, country snapshots, and industry forecasting.  Company directory listings are full-text from Ward’s Business Directory and from Graham and Whiteside’s Major Companies of the World.

Access from home will require that you re-enter your library card number.

Full text remote access for Globe & Mail is available here:

...read more usage notes about Gale OneFile: Business

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 published more than 30 days ago, search the Canadian Newsstand database.

A directory of 2.1 million Canadian company profiles compiled from telephone directories, annual reports, government data, chamber of commerce information, business magazines, newspapers, specialty directories, and postal services information. Enables entrepreneurs, job-hunters, and consumers to find businesses in any industry. Useful for Business Planning and Market Research to identify potential industry competitors and/or potential companies with which to do business. Specify results based on employee size, sales volume, type of business and location and download results to an Excel file.

A collection of Graphic Novels, eBooks, classic literature, National Geographic videos, educator resources and audiobooks, perfect for middle school and high school students. It features adjustable online text and complete audio narration. Sentences are highlighted as they are being read and the pages turn automatically. These read along books are great for reluctant readers and also help ESL students develop language skills.All of our students and customers will have unlimited access to this fantastic collection.

TumbleBookCloud Jr is no longer active. Any k-6 titles from this resource are available on TumbleBook Library. There were some titles in TumbleBookCloud Jr. (TBC JR) that were created to the upper middle schoolers, those are available on Teen Book Cloud.

A self-paced program designed to develop reading skills. The program has six levels from Elementary to Advanced, with 10 units at each level. Each unit focuses on a specific reading skill such as skimming texts, reading critically or vocabulary building, which are organized around one or more texts such as articles, advertisements, emails, poems, etc. The program also works on other skills such as listening practice, essay writing and discussion activities.  Exercises are marked and scored and readers can track their progress.

ConsumerReports.org provides unbiased ratings and reviews, recommendations and buying advice from expert Consumer Reports’ testers for thousands of products and services such as cars, electronics, appliances, and more. Frequently updated articles, blogs and video content allow consumers to find the latest consumer news — such as product recalls.

ESL program that helps students improve their reading, writing, listening, speaking, vocabulary and grammar skills in five levels.

An online encyclopedia in French created for children and young adults.

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 radio and television. About 20 small Ontario dailies are also included among other French and English language newspapers from across Canada.

Articles include maps, photos, illustrations, diagrams, audio clips, statistics, links to related information and citation information. Icons also direct users to a photo gallery, list of activities and web links. Subject areas include people, plants and animals, places, history and government, science and mathematics, arts, world religions, and sports and hobbies.

Indexes periodicals, books, research reports and proceedings in the field of librarianship.

Riche de quelque 800 000 références, ChoixMédia recense chaque année de 40 000 titres en langue française, dans tous les domaines et pour tous les publics, sur de multiples supports (livres, DVD, disques compacts, logiciels, etc). ChoixMédia se démarque par l’analyse qualitative qu’il fait de chaque ouvrage : un résumé en détaille le contenu et un indice d’évaluation établit son public cible et sa valeur ou utilité.

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 Mail, National Post, Montreal Gazette, Ottawa Citizen, Toronto Star, Regina Leader Post, Edmonton Journal, Vancouver Sun and the Victoria Times Colonist.  The Globe and Mail backfile coverage starts in 1977.

Full text remote access for Globe & Mail is available here.

...read more usage notes about Canadian Major Dailies_ProQuest (Formerly Canadian Newsstand)

Use the Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online to review the lives and achievements of individuals who played important roles in the formation of Canada.  This major research and publishing project was launched by the University of Toronto and the Université Laval in 1959, and currently covers persons who died between the years 1000 and 1930, or whose last known date of significant activity falls within these years.

This collection of reference eBooks -- the kind of reliable, in-depth material once in a printed reference collection -- gives full-text access to thousands of articles on a wide variety of topics. Users can search topics within a single reference book or within the entire collection of books.  Some sample titles are: Schirmer Encyclopedia of Film, Encyclopedia of World Biography, Business Plans Handbooks (44 volumes of full-text business plans), World Encyclopedia of Police Forces and Correctional Systems, Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations, Encyclopaedia Judaica, and Encyclopedia of Drugs, Alcohol, & Addictive Behavior.

Access from home will prompt you to re-enter your library card number.

Ideal for business schools and entrepreneurs, Gale OneFile: Entrepreneurship is updated daily and provides insights, tips, strategies, and success stories. Users find more than 500 subject-appropriate, active, full-text periodicals on general topics and  specific business & Economics and  Small Business topics, including: Beverage Industry, Black Enterprise, Economist, Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, HR Magazine, Real Estate Weekly, Restaurant Business, Tea & Coffee Trade Journal, and more.  

Access from home will require you to re-enter your library card number.

Grant Connect is a fundraising platform that connects charities with funders who share their cause. Find new prospects by searching comprehensive data managed by the expert research team.With Grant Connect, you have access to:

  • Over 11,000 Canadian foundations, 560 corporate giving programs, 370 government grant programs, 120 American foundations, and 200 other kinds of grant opportunities.
  • Funder profiles that offer insights on specific grant programs, application preferences, financial summaries, and key decision-makers, and more.
  • Data on billions of dollars in past donations, categorized by size, cause, population, and region.
  • Targeted search filters that help you quickly find the right funder for your charity by gift size, deadline, type of support, and more.”

Grant Connect is available for in-library use only.

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, Feature articles on different subjects, MacLean’s Magazine articles and The Timeline of Canadian History.

With more than 30,000 articles and 17,000 interactive medias, Universalis covers all domains of knowledge and is the most important general encyclopedia in French. There is also an integrated dictionary with 120,000 definitions. Also offered are weekly exclusive articles, monthly updates, and an atlas with more than 400 maps. Content is enriched with hundreds of animations, videos, musical extracts, and interviews.

This digitized version of The Globe and Mail includes all of the newspapers' sections, images, classifieds, advertisements, births, deaths, political cartoons and more for the dates covered.   Users can browse by date or perform a keyword search.

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.

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.

TumbleBookCloud Jr is no longer active. Any k-6 titles from this resource are available on TumbleBook Library. There were some titles in TumbleBookCloud Jr. (TBC JR) that were created to the upper middle schoolers, those are available on TeenBookCloud.

Mango Languages offers 40 online language learning courses for English speakers and 15 English courses for non-English speakers. Each course has 100 lessons. In each lesson, the students see text and hear dialog that they are invited to repeat.

Nearly 15,000 journals with full-text and indexed articles on a wide range of academic subjects with strengths in the physical sciences, technology, social sciences, the arts, business, literature and more.  A wide range of limiters provide options for peer-reviewed, full-text articles, many as far back as 1980.

Access from home will prompt you to re-enter your library card number.

Full text remote access for Globe & Mail is available here:

...read more usage notes about Gale Academic OneFile (Formerly Academic OneFile)

Offers streaming access to over 1 million tracks of classical music. Can be accessed from any computer, anywhere, anytime with your library card.  Also features an app that can be used on iPhones, iPads and Android devices.

This product is limited to 20 simultaneous users. If you have trouble logging on you may wish to try again later. 

 In order to properly end a session and free up a user count, please click on the Log-Out button. 

  • Mobile App activation code is : OttawaPLpd10AXM  1. Download App 2. Select "Connect with your institution. 3. Type in the above activation code, 4. Click "SUBMIT" 5. Create account. 6. Check your email to activate Naxos Music Library personal playlist account.
  • ...read more usage notes about Naxos Music Library

A large assortment of streaming audiobooks that are always available.  Includes fiction and nonfiction material for both adults and children.

The Value Line Investment Survey and Small & Midcap Survey offers access to over 3,500 stocks across 100 industries.  This includes analysts’ reports, statistics and forecasts of stock performance.

Notice: This product is limited to 6 simultaneous users. If you have trouble logging on you may wish to try again later.

...read more usage notes about Value Line

Browse our collecton of fiction and non-fiction.

Browse our collection of Newspaper in print. 

eBooks and downloadable audiobooks. Compatible with most devices.

Browse our catalogue for Music on CD. 

This bilingual online resource offers historical content about Canada from the first European settlers to the early 20th century. This includes digitized books, magazines and government documents and spans 21 languages.

Understand the world. Navigate life. Access The New York Times here.

Whether you’re managing finances, tackling tough parenting problems, or simply looking to make sense of this moment, rely on our original, quality journalism to lead the way.

Enjoy access to The New York Times, compliments of Ottawa Public Library.

It’s an essential source for fearless reporting, varied perspectives, and practical advice on nearly every topic — from the vital issues shaping our world to the simple pleasures that make everyday life better.

Start Exploring Today

Please note:

  • You must create a New York Times account to access. 
  • An email address is required
  • There is a daily limit on how many remote passes are available.
  • Access does not include the New York Times crossword puzzle and e-reader editions. 
  • If you get a subscription notice while browsing the site, please ignore. 

*Please ignore the subscription notices while browsing the site. 

Help Guide(s)

Curio.ca offers access to thousands of commercial-free educational video and audio streams from CBC and Radio-Canada.  Categories include Canadian history, health, business, children's programming, Indigenous studies and many others. 

If you would like to create playlists and use other personalized features of Curio.ca, you'll need to create an account by using access code: LWB9-RCBE

Canada's national current affairs magazine.  Coverage includes news, social issues, politics, business, sports, health, education, arts and entertainment.  

Access today's edition of popular magazine titles including Maclean's, Scientific American, Time, People, and others.

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, Le Journal de Montréal, and Toronto Star. Internationally you can read USA Today, The Wall Street Journal (USA), The Guardian (United Kingdom), Le Figaro (France), Izvestia (Russia) and Der Tagesspiegel (Germany).  Popular magazines include Canadian Geographic, Maximum PC and Canada’s Style at Home.

  • You don’t need to create a separate PressReader account, without a PressReader account, you can still access any of the titles offered by Ottawa Public Library on PressReader.
  • ...read more usage notes about PressReader

Provides access to over 42,000,000 images and files from the origins of New France to today, drawn from the search tools of the Drouin Genealogical Institute. Includes baptism and death certificates (1621-1849), the Fond Drouin registries from 1621 to 1967, and marriage and death certificates (1926-1997). Many digital documents are also available, such as notarized contracts, post cards, censuses, etc.


This product is limited to 10 simultaneous users.

Database containing a directory of civil status records (baptisms, marriages and burials) in Quebec (1621-1799), a genealogical dictionary of families (1621-1765) and a directory of couples and descendants. 

A package of over 3,000 popular titles (including The Economist, Canadian Living, National Geographic, The New Yorker, and many more) with varieties of languages and up to three years of back issues are now available for unlimited simultaneous access with no circulation caps.

For PC & Mac computers Libbyapp.com offers all the same great features as the app except the ability to download loans for offline use....read more usage notes about Overdrive Magazines (Formerly RBDigital Unlimited Magazines -Zinio)

This includes a mix of jazz legends and contemporary jazz and can be accessed from any computer, anywhere, anytime.  You can also listen to this resource through the Naxos Music Library app for iPhones, iPads and Android devices.  Please note that Naxos Music Library Jazz is limited to 20 concurrent users.

In order to properly end a session and free up a user count, please click on the Log-Out button. 

This product is limited to 20 simultaneous users. If you have trouble logging on you may wish to try again later.

Mobile App activation code is: OttawaPLjazPD09RFG,

...read more usage notes about Naxos Music Library Jazz

Offers access to Encyclopaedia Britannica, Merriam-Webster dictionary & thesaurus and an interactive atlas. Many articles feature images, audio files, videos, and a list of recommended websites.

Access thousands of articles that cover subjects for school and fun, from nations of the world to animals and sports.

Want to know which database includes your favourite magazines and newspapers? 

Search our collection of Journals, Periodicals, and Newspapers by title or browse by discipline. Download articles in PDF format for offline access. 

Popular and classic French-language eBooks and Canadian audiobooks. Compatible with most devices. The app Aldiko Next requires iOS 14 or higher.

A database designed to help improve writing, vocabulary, spelling, grammar, reading comprehension and math skills at the elementary (grade 4), secondary, college and university level.  Practice and prepare for exams like the TOEFL, GED, SAT, LSAT, MCAT, GRE and GMAT.   Contains tools and resources for career development; including job search and networking, resume writing, cover letters and interview techniques and tips. Over 150 e-books to assist in the learning experience.

This digital media service provides customers access to motion picture films, television shows and complete music albums. There are more than 320,000 titles in this collection, which includes current and past hits, as well as classics. There is a variety of genres to choose from, with something for all ages.

  • The collection is not permanent – titles get pulled and new content is added all the time.
  • Customers can stream or temporarily download up to 6 titles per month. The download feature is available exclusively on mobile devices, through the app.
  • The borrowing period for movie and TV content is between 48-72 hours (2-3 days) and music albums (considered as one item) are borrowed for 7 days.
  • Titles are available instantly with no holds, waitlists, or late fees.
  • Borrowed titles are automatically returned following the borrowing period.
  • Hoopla is accessible from your computer, laptop or wireless device.
  • Customers must register for an account with an email address and a valid OPL card number, in order to access the service.
  • The data used to stream Hoopla from the Internet at home or from your mobile device will count towards your Internet service provider’s monthly bandwidth cap. Watching a regular-length movie uses about 1GB of data for each stream of standard definition video. Streaming an album uses about 35 MB of data.

OPL has extended your Hoopla play credit from 4 to 6 per month. It is a special gift for you to celebrate October Library month. Let's be connected, inspired and entertained together every day!

You can stream or temporarily download up to 6 titles per month per card from now on.

...read more usage notes about Hoopla

Access Video on Demand is a streaming video platform with a focus on educational films. The collection includes 41,213 videos,  331,668 video segments and 1,094 subject categories. The topics range from Arts and Humanities, Business and Economics, Science, Mathematics and Technology, Social Sciences, Careers and Trades, Health and Wellness, Home and Family, and Archival films and newsreels. Many popular documentaries originally produced for National Geographic, HBO, PBS, BBC, TED Talks, Nova, Rick Steves’ Europe, Scientific American, and more are included. Closed-captioning and interactive transcripts are available on many titles. Customers need a valid OPL card in order to access the service.  Engage, inform, and entertain with its vivid and appealing new design of Access Video On Demand! Includes unlimited, simultaneous usage; in-library use and remote access.

Offers access to full-text content from several major publications including Consumer Reports, Canadian Geographic, Maclean's, Time and many more.  It also includes full text biographies and a collection of photos, maps and flags.