Regular hours resume on September 7 2021


Ottawa Public Library will return to regular pre-pandemic hours at most branches starting Tuesday, September 7, 2021 — including Sunday hours at 10 branches and InfoService as of Sunday, September 12.  

Hours are posted at branch entrances and on the Hours and location page of the OPL website.   

Fitzroy Harbour and Vernon branches are reopening after being closed since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020.  

Notice - Carlingwood branch


The elevator at the Carlingwood branch is currently unavailable.

Rideau branch-Elevator out of service


The elevator at Rideau is currently out of service for maintenance and repairs. Service will be restored on Monday, September 27th.

Holiday Closure: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation


All Ottawa Public Library branches will be closed on Thursday, September 30. Access our online services 24/7 on the Ottawa Public Library website.

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PressReader App. Getting Started Guide

The below instructions are only for reading newspapers and magazines offline using the PressReader app. In addition, if you are visiting one of our library branches, you do not need to create a PressReader Account to download to the app. This is only if you wish to download for offline use from outside the library. If accessing PressReader through a web browser, simply click on the link on our website, choose a magazine or newspaper and start reading.

Account Set Up for Offline Reading

Setting up a PressReader Account is completely optional and allows you to save your personalized experience including bookmarking articles, setting up email alerts and downloading newspapers / magazines for offline use through the app.

  • Log into PressReader from our website using your library card
  • Close the PressReader HotSpot pop up
  • Click on "Sign In" in the upper right hand corner
  • Click on "New User?  Sign up now"
  • Enter your email address, password and name
  • Please read the terms of use and privacy policy before continuing then click Done.

Downloading for Offline Use

Please note that once the PressReader app is authorized, it gives you full access for a limited amount of time.  Once this expires, you must do the following:

  • Open your web browser, return to our website and click on the PressReader link.  
  • Once on PressReader, check that you are still logged in with your PressReader account.
  •  Open the app.  You should now have another window of unlimited access.

For further information, the Help Center has several videos on how to use PressReader:


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