Step 1: Contactless services inside most open branches

17/06/2021

There are contactless services inside most of our 31 open branches, with strict capacity limits in place, as of June 14, 2021, except at Metcalfe Village, Orléans and Rosemount. This means:

  • Pick up holds and check them out at self-checkout stations.
  • Return borrowed items to book drops anytime.
  • Access to PCs, Chromebooks, and printing, where these are available.
  • No other services: no browsing, no washroom access.
  • Mask-wearing remains mandatory inside, and outside in line.

For details, go to Current Branch Services.

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Tech Café: Assistive Settings and Features on Your Device

Before you go looking for and purchasing a device or application to make accessing your technology easier, it’s worth making sure you don’t already have what you need on your own computer or mobile device. We will look at settings and features already present in the operating systems (windows, android, and Apple IOS) of most computers and mobile devices that can address some of the challenges faced by people with disabilities. The features that will be reviewed include the following: 

Settings to Improve screen visibility and readability on Windows, Android and IOS devices:

  • Screen readers and magnifiers
  • Settings to customize your mouse pointer for greater visibility 
  • Settings to change the size and contrast of text and icons 

Settings to make your windows mouse and keyboard easier to use:

  • Sticky Keys: Keyboard shortcuts one key at a time. 
  • The Windows Onscreen Keyboard 
  • Settings to make double-clicking easier or avoid it altogether. 
  • Click lock: Drag without holding down the mouse button 

Settings to make your touchscreen devices easier to interact with:

  • Assistive Touch (IOS) 
  • Action Blocks (Android) 
  • Switch Access (IOS and Android) 

Ottawa Public Library is partnering with Ottawa Foyers Partage to offer these programs.