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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Kids: Read a Book

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Have you already read all the books you have at home? Lucky for you we have tons of books online for you to discover! Read along to a book with TumbleBooks or pick one to read yourself on Overdrive. You can also check out some great external websites which are librarian approved. Your next adventure awaits!

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Homepage for Cantook Station
Popular and classic French-language eBooks. Compatible with most devices.
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.
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.

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Read a Book (Kids) | Lis un livre (enfants)by ProgramDevelopment

Here’s some of the best resources from the web to read books online. Please note that these are external links which will take you away from the Ottawa Public Library website. // Voici quelques-unes des meilleures ressources du Web pour lire des livres en ligne. Veuillez noter que ce sont des liens externes, en cliquant sur ces liens vous sortirez du site Web de la Bibliothèque publique d'Ottawa.

  • The Fable Cottage

    Read along to these beautifully illustrated fables and fairytales. Translated into French, Spanish, Italian and German. / Lis des légendes et contes de fées magnifiquement illustrés. Traduit en français, espagnol, italien et allemand.
  • ICDL - International Children's Digital Library / Bibliothèque Numérique Internationale

    So many free books to enjoy and interact with here! / Beaucoup de livres gratuits à lire et explorer ici !
  • Storyline Online

    Celebrities read picture books. (Enlgish Only)
  • KidLitTV

    Watch authors talk about their books here! You can also enjoy TV shows, podcasts, crafts, activities, and live coverage of special literary events. Winner of the Parents’ Choice Gold Award, the Norton Juster Award for Devotion to Literacy, and one of the American Library Association’s Great Websites For Kids.