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  • UPDATE – Provincial announcement regarding public libraries and pickups

    28/05/2020

    We greatly appreciate the Province’s announcement that as part of the first phase of reopening libraries can begin to offer pick-up or delivery of materials. 

    There is a lot of work to do be able to offer these services while ensuring the safety of our employees and our customers. Our plan to resume our physical services needs to account for physical distancing requirements, provision of personal protective equipment, enhanced sanitary controls, and new protocols for employees and customers. We are working on offering holds pick-ups as soon as we can safely do so.  

    We will be communicating all new developments in our service offering to you on all our platforms, as soon as we have updates. 

    Thank you for your patience as we move through this rapidly evolving situation. 

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    OPL branches, Bookmobile stops and Homebound delivery services are closed until June 30, 2020. The closure is in response to advice from Ottawa Public Health (OPH) with regards to COVID-19 (coronavirus) for the health and safety of our community. We will continue to monitor the situation and reassess as the situation evolves. Currently, please note:  

    • Due dates for all currently checked out materials have been extended and late fees suspended.
    • Book drops are not available since branches are closed. Hold on to OPL items and return them when branches reopen. 
    • Holds are suspended, and pick up expiry dates extended. This includes interlibrary loans (ILL).
    • Meeting room rentals are cancelled, and fees are being refunded; and
    • Computer bookings, programs, events and outreach activities are cancelled.
    • Expired cards, or those about to expire, have been extended. 

    You can use the Library online:

    We thank you for your patience and support, and we look forward to seeing you online and in person again soon.

Lynda.com - Guide

Getting started

What you will need:

  • A valid Ottawa Public Library (OPL) card
  • PC running Windows 7 SP1 or later, Mac OS 10.8 or later
  • Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer 9 or later
  • Mobile requires Android 2.3+ or later or iOS 7.0+ and can be accessed through your mobile browser.  Please note that the Lynda.com app is not compatible with library subscriptions. 
  • Videos require 1 Mbps Internet connection or greater
  • The data used to stream Lynda.com videos from the Internet at home or from your mobile device will count towards your Internet service provider’s monthly bandwidth cap.
     

Creating an Account

  • Go to our website and click on Lynda.com
  • If accessing from outside the library, enter your library card and pin
  • Click on 'Create a profile'
  • Fill in the required boxes and click on log in

What kind of content does Lynda.com have?

Computers and Technology

Lynda.com is great for teaching yourself computer software and technology including tutorials on Windows 10, Office 2016, Android, iOS, Facebook and WordPress.  For more advanced users, it also includes courses on computer programming and scripting languages for those interested in learning to code.  

Makerspace

Tutorials include 3D printing, audio/video editing, using a green screen and many others.

Photography

Lynda.com offers close to 600 photography courses for all skill levels and all aspects including Photoshop, iPhoto and Lightroom as well as courses on how to fine tune your camera or taking pictures in low light. 

Business

You’ll find several tutorials on improving business skills, productivity, leadership, project management and presentations. 

Access limitations

Our license allows for unlimited access to Lynda.com.  Please note that a limit of 100 customers can access the resource at any given time.  Sessions will timeout after 30 minutes of inactivity.  

Please use the link on our website to access Lynda.com.  If you are on a mobile device, please note that the Lynda.com app is currently unavailable to library users.

What if I have questions?

Support:

http://www.lynda.com/support/

 

Use OPL's Technical Help form to contact OPL for assistance.