Step 1: Contactless services inside most open branches


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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Read a Book

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Didn't get a chance to pick up books before we closed? Don't worry, we have extensive collections for you to browse online. Explore our many eBook and eAudiobook platforms, download the book onto your device and escape into a new world with your next great read. We have also combed through the internet and put together a list of some great external websites which we recommend.

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Read a book online | Lire un livre en ligneby ProgramDevelopment

Here’s some of the best resources from the web for free online books. 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 des livres numériques gratuits. Veuillez noter que ce sont des liens externes, en cliquant sur ces liens vous sortirez du site Web de la Bibliothèque publique d'Ottawa.

  • Project Gutenberg

    Project Gutenberg (PG) is a volunteer effort to digitize and archive cultural works, and includes many full texts of public domain books such as classics. / Le projet Gutenberg (PG) est un effort volontaire pour numériser et archiver des œuvres culturelles et comprend le texte integrale pour de nombreux livres du domaine public tels que des classiques.
  • LibriVox | Free public domain audiobooks

    LibriVox audiobooks are read by volunteers from all over the world.
  • Litterature

    Recensement des livres audio disponibles gratuitement sur internet.
  • Open Library

    Open Library provides online access to many public domain and out-of-print books.