Website Maintenance: Saturday, July 31

29/07/2021

We will be performing maintenance to our systems. Access to your OPL account and search functions will be unavailable from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm Saturday, July 31. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Colonel By Day: August 2

29/07/2021

All Ottawa Public Library branches will be closed on Monday, August 2. Virtual services and loans can be accessed on our website. 

Temporary closure: Alta Vista

23/07/2021

Due to upgrades to the front entrance, the Alta Vista branch will be closed from July 26 to August 8. There will be no returns or holds pick-up during that time. Alta Vista branch will reopen August 9 at 10 am.   

Step 3: More services inside most open branches

29/07/2021

Browsing, public computers, newspapers and magazines are available inside most of our 31 open branches, with capacity limits for two-metre distancing. Up to 200 items can also be put on hold.

Starting July 26:

Mask-wearing remains mandatory inside, and outside in line. For more details, go to Current Branch Services.

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eBooks

1. How do I return an eBook before it's due date?

Ottawa Public Library eBooks get returned automatically once the loan period is finished so there will never be any late fees. However, if you wish to return you OPL eBook early, doing so will depend on which software/device you've used to download the eBook*. The most popular are as follows:

Adobe Digital Editions

OverDrive app for Apple iOS

OverDrive app for Android

*Note: Open PDF format eBooks cannot be returned early.

 

2. Instead of downloading my eBook, I've downloaded an .acsm file. How do get the eBook?

In this case, you'll need to ensure you're computer automatically opens library eBooks with the proper software. This can done as follows:

If you have a PC computer

If you have a Mac computer

Once you've followed the steps outlined in the links above, download your library eBook a second time and it should then open up automatically in Adobe Digital Editions.

 

3. How do I find library eBooks that can be downloaded immediately?

From the library catalogue:

  • Search for an eBook by title, author, subject or keyword.
  • Use the Format facet on the left-hand side to limit your search results to eBooks.
  • Indiviually check each item on the list by clicking the 'Check Availability' link.
  • If available, click the item's 'Available for Checkout' link.

From the Digital Media Catalogue:

  • Search for an eBook by title, author, subject or keywork.
  • Use the filters on the left-hand side to limit the results to both eBooks as well as what's available.
  • Mouseover the cover of the eBook and click the 'Borrow' button.

 

4. What devices are compatible with the eBooks in your collection?

For a comprehensive list, please click here. Please note that Kindle Fire tablets are considered Android devices. Other Kindle devices however, are not compatible with the eBooks in our collection.

 

5. How do I transfer a library eBook to my eReader?

For this, you'll need to download the eBook using Adobe Digital Editions and then use that software for the transfer.

 

6. Is there a limit to the number of eBooks I can borrow at the same time?

Yes. Ottawa Public Library customers are limited to borrowing 10 digital items (combination of eBooks and eAudiobooks) at the same time.