Regular hours resumed Sept. 7, 2021


Ottawa Public Library has returned to regular pre-pandemic hours at most branches as of September 7, 2021 — including Sunday hours at 10 branches and InfoService. Hours are posted at branch entrances and on the Hours and location page of the OPL website.   


Carp Branch


Carp branch will be closed on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 for operational use by the City of Ottawa. Regular service will resume Wednesday,  October 27, 2021 at 10 am. 

Overdrive: Issues with older Apple devices or browsers


Recent changes by Overdrive and Libby have impacted compatibility with older versions of Apple's mobile and desktop operating systems. Those who use older Apple devices (Mac computers running lower than macOS 10.12.1 and iPhones/iPads running iOS 9) may have trouble using the OverDrive desktop or mobile apps, while Libby is no longer supported on iPhones and iPads running iOS 9.

Carlingwood branch: Elevator out of service


The elevator at Carlingwood branch is currently out of service. 

Alta Vista branch: Extended curbside service


Curbisde holds and pick-up service will continue at the back door and parking lot from 10 am to 6 pm until further notice. 

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Take a break and browse our online magazine and newspaper collections. Stay up to date on world news with the newspapers in Press Reader or escape the world and browse popular titles like Canadian Living, Elle and Men's Health on RBdigital Magazines. Need a new bed or dish washer? Consumer Reports does unbiased product testing and can tell you which brands rate best for a range of products. We have also combed through the internet and put together a list of some great websites for you to browse.

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Online resources

  • Homepage for Flipster
    If you are experiencing difficulty accessing magazines, please check "Tips on how to access magazines from Flipster" under our Help Guide
    Four new eMagazines had be added to the Flipster platform. They are:
    Canadian House & Home
    Bloomberg Businessweek
    The Atlantic
    Teen Black Girls Magazine and Black Girls Magazine will be available on June 1, 2021
    New issues of Ebony and Family circle are no longer available from Flipster platform.
  • Homepage for Overdrive magazines
    Hundreds of the most recent magazines available to read on your computer, tablet or mobile device.
    For PC & Mac computer offers all the same great features as the app except the ability to download loans for offline use. You'll still be able to read and listen to your loans as long as you're connected to the internet.
    For Android & iOS device
    You can access titles offline through the Libby app on an Android or iOS device if you'd like
  • Homepage for PressReader
    Read today’s 7,000+ newspapers and magazines from around the world.
    You don’t need to create a separate PressReader account, without a PressReader account, you can still access any of the titles offered by Ottawa Public Library on PressReader.
    . All you need is a library card and pin to sign in via a login page on the OPL website or PressReader App. That’s it!
    Access to The Globe and Mail is limited to customers using PressReader in a library branch due to restrictions imposed by the publisher. The Washington Post is no longer available from the PressReader platform as per the publisher's request.
    However, full text access for The Washington Post is available from our other two databases: Academic OneFile and Gale OneFile: Business.(delayed 1 day).
    Full text remote access for Globe & Mail is available from Canadian Major Dailies_ProQuest. It doesn't include the pictures, charts or graphs, but it is searchable.
    The Wall Street Journal is now available from PressReader.
    Customers logged in through App need to re-authenticate after 30 days while Customers logged in through EzProxy (via library website) need to re-authenticate after 2 days.
    For the downloads storage, customers have the option to choose how long they wanted to keep the downloaded back issues.
  • Homepage for Consumer Reports provides unbiased ratings and reviews, recommendations and buying advice from expert Consumer Reports’ testers for thousands of products and services such as cars, electronics, appliances, and more. Frequently updated articles, blogs and video content allow consumers to find the...
    For the optimal experience of using Consumer Reports, we recommend you use Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Safari or Firefox. Since CR has ended its support for IE in favor of Microsoft Edge.
  • Homepage for iPolitics
    iPolitics is Canada’s only digital-native news service covering politics, policy and the business of government. Learn how politicians make decisions that affect your life and our country. From daily news to deep analysis - we’ve got you covered.
    This product is limited to 20 simultaneous users. If you have trouble logging on you may wish to try again later.
  • Homepage for Maclean's
    Canada's national current affairs magazine. Coverage includes news, social issues, politics, business, sports, health, education, arts and entertainment.
  • Homepage of Ottawa Citizen
    A searchable archive of 30 days which is part of the database Library PressDisplay. Articles can be translated into German, Greek, Spanish or French. The viewer can also listen to individual articles in any of these languages. To access articles...

Featured web content

Read a magazine | Lisez une revueby ProgramDevelopment

OPL gives free access to platforms for reading magazines through PressReader and RBDigital. Below are a few websites for reading the digital content of magazines. Please note that these are external links which will take you away from the Ottawa Public Library website. || La BPO donne accès gratuit aux revues en français dans la ressource Eureka. Voici d'autres ressources du Web pour libre du contenu numérique des revues. Veuillez noter que ce sont des liens externes, en cliquant sur ces liens vous sortirez du site Web de la Bibliothèque publique d'Ottawa.

  • - Free Online Magazines

    Free online magazine directory. Just click on any magazine for free and current news, articles, columns and blogs.
  • Go World Travel

    Virtual travel is a good escape for these shut-in times.
  • Womens' Health

    As we all think about health issues, Women's Health Magazine offers great reading through its website.
  • Better Homes and Gardens | Home Decorating, Remodeling and Design Ideas, Gardening, Recipes

    Daily ideas and inspiration. Get decorating ideas and DIY projects for your home, easy recipes, entertaining ideas, and information about plants from the Better Homes and Gardens' Plant Encyclopedia.
  • Macleans

    Macleans newsmagazine's website allows you to explore articles on many topic areas.
  • Archaeology Magazine

    One of many specialty magazines with a website and articles online, Archaeology allows you to dive into history.
  • JEU Revue de théâtre

    JEU est la seule revue francophone en Amérique du Nord qui ne se consacre qu'au théâtre et aux arts vivants. L'équipe de JEU se concentre beaucoup sur les recherches théâtrales et veut dynamiser la pratique de cet art, ainsi que celui de la critique.
  • Savourer par Geneviève O'Gleman

    Vous y trouverez des recettes gourmandes, simples à préparer et rigoureusement testées, des trucs, des dossiers spéciaux et plus.
  • Nouveau projet

    Un magazine culture et société qui a pour raison d’être la publication de textes nouveaux, soignés et susceptibles de nous permettre de mieux comprendre les enjeux de notre époque et de mener une vie plus équilibrée, satisfaisante et signifiante.
  • Nuit blanche

    Nuit blanche est le magazine de toutes les littératures écrites ou traduites en français, au carrefour desquelles la littérature québécoise occupe une place centrale. Entrevues, grands dossiers, rubriques originales, textes de création… font de Nuit blanche un magazine pluriel et curieux de tous les genres littéraires, des écrivains de toutes origines.