• Current In-Person Services


    22 of our branches and the Bookmobile are open for modified services at this time. For details on our current in-person services, visit: https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/current-branch-services.

    Visit our Hours and Locations page for our current branch hours and our Bookmobile page for the current Bookmobile schedule.

    MANDATORY:  Masks are required to be worn inside Ottawa Public Library branches, as per theTemporary Mandatory Mask By-law. Customers who are not wearing masks will not be allowed inside branches. Exceptions apply for people with medical exemptions.

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Learn Something New

Do you find yourself with lots of free time on your hands? Keep your mind occupied by learning something new! Watch a How-To video on Video On Demand, freshen up your computer skills with Lynda.com, learn how to sing or play an instrument with ArtistWorks and so much more. We have also combed through the internet and put together a list of some great external websites which we recommend

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Is your child enrolled in a French immersion class? Do you want them to keep practicing over the summer without...
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Online resources

Homepage of Access Video on Demand
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...
Homepage of Ancestry Library
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...
Remote Access will be valid temporarily until December 31, 2020. Previously Ancestry Library was only available for in-library use.
Homepage of ArtistWorks
Access to beginner to advanced lessons for instruments, voice and art.
Homepage for Lynda.com
With over 4,000 video courses from top experts, Lynda.com is the place to go for learning technology, creative and business skills you can use today.
Homepage for L’amour des temps
Online courses to improve your French grammar.
Homepage for Mango Languages
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.
Homepage for Toutapprendre
Free and unlimited online courses in French. Learn languages, sewing, singing, coding for kids, and more!

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Now is a time to learn something for fun, something you’ve always been interested in. | Voici le bon moment d'acquérir une compétence qui vous intéresse!