Regular hours resume on September 7 2021

03/09/2021

Ottawa Public Library will return to regular pre-pandemic hours at most branches starting Tuesday, September 7, 2021 — including Sunday hours at 10 branches and InfoService as of Sunday, September 12.  

Hours are posted at branch entrances and on the Hours and location page of the OPL website.   

Fitzroy Harbour and Vernon branches are reopening after being closed since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020.  

Notice - Carlingwood branch

17/09/2021

The elevator at the Carlingwood branch is currently unavailable.

Rideau branch-Elevator out of service

15/09/2021

The elevator at Rideau is currently out of service for maintenance and repairs. Service will be restored on Monday, September 27th.

Holiday Closure: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

20/09/2021

All Ottawa Public Library branches will be closed on Thursday, September 30. Access our online services 24/7 on the Ottawa Public Library website.

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Kids: Take a Virtual Trip

closeup of toy VW van on slidewalk

Expand your world and take a trip! Explore places in Britannica Library for Kids or search "Travel" documentaries in Video On Demand-Just For Kids. We have also combed through the internet and put together a list of some great external websites which we recommend.

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Homepage of AtoZ World Food
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
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 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 of Encyclopædia Universalis Junior
Encyclopédie en ligne entièrement en français spécialement conçue pour les enfants et pour les jeunes adolescents.
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.

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Take a virtual trip (Kids) | Fais un voyage virtuel (Enfants)by ProgramDevelopment

Here’s some of the best resources from the web for virtual travel. 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 faire un voyage virtuel. Veuillez noter que ce sont des liens externes, en cliquant sur ces liens vous sortirez du site Web de la Bibliothèque publique d'Ottawa.

  • Canada's Wonderland

    Take a virtual ride on the coasters and attractions at Canada’s Wonderland.
  • Zoo de Granby

    Capsules éducatives en direct du zoo de Granby les lundis, mercredis et vendredis à 11h sur Facebook et Instagram!
  • Cincinnati Zoo

    Join the Cincinnati Zoo each day at 3pm EDT as they highlight different animals that call the zoo home.
  • All About Shoes - The Bata Shoe Museum / Musée Bata de la chaussure

    Virtual museum exhibitions that fall into the themes of Canadian Aboriginal cultures, Footwear of Canada's Multi-cultural Groups, Fashion Footwear and Special Purpose Footwear. / Expositions muséales virtuelles portant sur les thèmes des cultures autochtones du Canada, des chaussures représentatives de groupes multicuturels au Canada, des chaussures de mode et des chaussures aux fonctions spécifiques.
  • Access Mars

    A 360-degree view of the surface of Mars, recorded by NASA’s Curiosity rover. Not only does the interactive experience provide historical context and understanding about the science behind Mars operations but you can coast through some of the Red Planet’s most famous sights, including Marias Pass, Murray Buttes, and the original rover landing site.
  • Google Earth – National Parks of the United States

    Virtually visit at least 30 US national parks on Google Earth.
  • Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada’s Shark Tank

    Get in the tank with the sharks at Ripley’s Aquarium.
  • National Aquarium in Washington, DC Virtual Tour

    "Self-guided” virtual tour of the National Aquarium in Washington, DC
  • Georgia Aquarium

    Webcams of aquariums
  • San Diego Zoo

    Webcams of zoo animals & activities to download