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  • UPDATE – Provincial announcement regarding public libraries and pickups


    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. 


    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.

Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA)

The Ottawa Public Library (OPL), in partnership with the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA), provides accessible collections to any customer who cannot read or access regular print material due to a print disability. Eligible customers have access to OPL’s DAISY audiobook collection, as well as the resources of the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA).

What is a DAISY audiobook (Digital Accessible Information System)?

DAISY format audiobooks can contain up to 30 hours of material on one CD, and are easier to navigate for customers with a print disability than other books on CD. DAISY audiobooks must be played on specific players or with free downloadable software (i.e AMIS). Customers with a print disability may also borrow a DAISY player from the Library, for a specific period of time. Consult the Accessible Collections page for more information. 

Who is eligible to access this collection?

You are eligible to access the DAISY audiobook collection if you have a print disability (permanent or temporary) due to a visual impairment, physical disability and/or learning disability in accordance with the definition provided for "perceptual disability" in Section 32. (1) of the Canadian Copyright Act. You must also have a valid OPL card (resident or non-resident) registered in your name. Please speak to a Library staff member to change your library card status to allow borrowing of DAISY audiobooks. 
The loan period for customers with this status is 6 weeks. Standard loan periods for EXPRESS, eBooks and eAudiobooks still apply (these items will not benefit from the 6-week loan period). Customers with this status are also exempt from late fees (except for EXPRESS collections).  

Where can I find DAISY audiobooks?

Customers can browse the DAISY audiobook collection in person at the following branches: Main, Beaverbrook, St. Laurent, Elmvale Acres, Nepean Centrepointe, Orleans, Carlingwood, Greenboro, and Stittsville. 
To search the DAISY audiobook collection in the catalogue and place a hold:
   o  Go to the advanced search in the catalogue
   o  Under Format select DAISY. 
   o  When you find an item you would like, click on Place a Hold to sign in, choose your pickup location, and complete the hold request.

Customers who are confined to their home for more than 3 months because of age, illness or disability and cannot visit a Library branch or Bookmobile stop can request to have their Library materials delivered. Contact Homebound Services for more information. 

Additional resources from CELA
CELA provides additional resources for OPL customers who have a print disability. This includes braille & printbraille books, online newspapers and magazines, braille music scores and titles for adults, kids and teens. Please consult the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) website for more information or to self-register.