Regular hours resumed Sept. 7, 2021

15/10/2021

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

18/10/2021

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

12/10/2021

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

18/10/2021

The elevator at Carlingwood branch is currently out of service. 

Alta Vista branch: Reopening October 22

21/10/2021

Alta Vista branch will return to regular service and hours on Friday, October 22, 2021.

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Accessible collections

OPL’s accessible collections can be requested and delivered to any branch.  They include the following material:

Large print books: Adults and Children

Languages: English

Unabridged texts with clear type in at least 13-point font.

Availability: All branches, Bookmobile stops and via Homebound Services

Children’s braille books

Languages: English and French

Picture books with braille overlay.

Availability: Beaverbrook, Elmvale Acres, Main & Nepean Centrepointe branches

Audiobooks

Language varies by item

MP3 CD, CD and downloadable audiobooks.

Availability: All branches, bookmobile stops and via Homebound Services

DAISY audiobooks (adult)

Languages: English and French

DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) audiobook on CD for customers with print disabilities. Can contain up to 30 hours of material on one CD.

Availability: Beaverbrook, Carlingwood, Cumberland, Elmvale Acres, Greenboro, Main, Nepean Centrepointe, North Gloucester, Orleans, St- Laurent, Stittsville and via Homebound Services

DAISY audiobooks (children and teen)

Languages: English and French

DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) audiobook on CD for customers with print disabilities. Can contain up to 30 hours of material on one CD.Avai

Availability: Elmvale Acres

eBooks

Language varies by item

eBooks available in PDF, EPUB and OverDrive READ formats (accessibility features vary by item).

Access: Online

DVDs with subtitles

Language varies by item

Video recordings for the hearing impaired.

Availability: All branches, Bookmobile stops and via Homebound Services

Audio Described DVDS

Varies by item

Video recordings for the visually impaired. Includes narration of visual elements.

All branches, Bookmobile stops and via Homebound Services

RAPP packs

English and French

Literacy packs for children aged 0-8. Created in collaboration with ALSO (Alternative Learning Styles and Outlooks)

Beaverbrook, Carlingwood, Cumberland, Greenboro, St-Laurent, and Sunnyside

Assistive Listening Devices

Portable device used to amplify sound for people who are hard of hearing. Customers can borrow these devices for events, meetings and programs that take place at OPL.

Availability: All branches

iCanada iPods

Languages: English and French

Red iPod shuffle preloaded with a selection of Canadian content, including: including music, audiobooks and OPL Canada 150 audio programs. Each iCanada iPod is unique, allowing you to discover new content with every checkout.

Availability: All branches, Bookmobile stops and via Homebound Services

Victor Reader Classic (DAISY player)

Language: English

Victor Readers have self-voicing controls and allow the listener to jump from page to page in an audiobook and bookmark specific pages. DAISY players can play audiobooks (CD, MP3 CD and DAISY CD) and music CDs.

Availability: place a hold via the catalogue to pick up at any branch.

Victor Reader Stratus (DAISY player)

Languages: English and French

Victor Readers have self-voicing controls and allow the listener to jump from page to page in an audiobook and bookmark specific pages. DAISY players can play audiobooks (CD, MP3 and DAISYs) and music CDs.

Availability: place a hold via the catalogue to pick up at any branch.

Victor Reader Stream (DAISY player)

English

Victor Readers have self-voicing controls and allow the listener to jump from page to page in an audiobook and bookmark specific pages. Plays downloadable digital files.

Place a hold via the catalogue to pick up at any branch.

Eligible customers with print disabilities have access to additional accessible collections through OPL’s partnership with the Centre for Equitable Library Access