Welcome to your community! The Ottawa Public Library offers a variety of resources and programs for Newcomers. Explore this section to learn how to obtain and use a library card, participate in free library programs, access material in your language or find resources and programs to help improve your English or French language skills. For further information, please visit your nearest library branch or contact us at

العربية - Arabic

中文-简体 - Chinese simplified

Español - Spanish

Soomaali - Somali

русский - Russian

اردو - Urdu

فارسی - Persian

हिंदी - Hindi

中國傳統 - Chinese traditional


Our Canada 150: My Story/ Canada 150: Mon histoire branch project is underway at...
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In celebration of Canada's 150 birthday, the Stittsville branch extends an invitation to all...
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Il peut être difficile de discuter de sujets sérieux avec les enfants; la mort,...
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OPL celebrates Canada’s Citizenship Week from October 10-16, 2016. This week is intended to...
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Online resources

Active Reading
A self-paced program designed to develop reading skills. The program has six levels from Elementary to Advanced, with 10 units at each level. Each unit focuses on a specific reading skill such as skimming texts, reading critically or vocabulary building,...
Canadian Encyclopedia
This encyclopedia includes over 40,000 articles and 60,000 photographs, as well as maps, graphs, games, quizzes and videos. Updated regularly, it contains The Encylopedia of Canada, The Youth Encyclopedia of Canada. (in English only) The Encyclopedia of Music in Canada,...
The database allows searchable access to full articles, columns and features from the major French-Canadian newspapers and certain magazines such as Protégez-vous and L`Actualité. News sources include full-text articles from Le Droit, Le Devoir, La Presse, Le Soleil and SRC...
Learning Express Library 3.0
A database designed to help improve writing, vocabulary, spelling, grammar, reading comprehension and math skills at the elementary (grade 4), secondary, college and university level.  Practice and prepare for exams like the TOEFL, GED, SAT, LSAT, MCAT, GRE and GMAT.  ...
L’amour des temps
Online courses to improve your French grammar.
Mango Languages
Mango Languages offers 40 online language learning courses for English speakers and 15 English courses for non-English speakers. Each course has 100 lessons. In each lesson, the students see text and hear dialog that they are invited to repeat.
My Canada
Lessons and exercises on Canadian history, geography, government and culture, divided into modules. Students, ESL language learners, new Canadians preparing for their Citizenship exam and people wanting to improve and refine their writing skills will find the core skills lessons...
Tense Buster
ESL program that helps students improve their reading, writing, listening, speaking, vocabulary and grammar skills in five levels.