Web maintenance: Aug. 5 to 6


Bibliocommons, our catalogue provider, will be performing system maintenance and will be inaccessible from Aug. 5 to 6 from 10 pm to 4 am. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Temporary closure: Alta Vista


Due to upgrades to the front entrance, the Alta Vista branch will be closed from July 26 to August 17. There will be no returns or holds pick-up during that time. Alta Vista branch will reopen August 18 at 10 am.   

Step 3: More services inside most open branches


Browsing, public computers, newspapers and magazines are available inside most of our 31 open branches, with capacity limits for two-metre distancing. Up to 200 items can also be put on hold.

Starting July 26:

Mask-wearing remains mandatory inside, and outside in line. For more details, go to Current Branch Services.

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Reading and Parents Program (RAPP) Packs

A busy children's library

Learning to read is fun with a Reading and Parents Program (RAPP) packs’ gamesactivitiespoemssongs and crafts. Each pack contain a book and interactive activities that that support language and literacy development. The packs are geared towards children aged 6 months to 6 years old, and include helpful literacy tips for parents.

There are three types of RAPP packs:

  • The ASL (American Sign Language) pack focuses on support for the language and literacy development, and support for those learning sign language. This pack features an activity booklet, a book and an ASL DVD with an interpreter signing a discussion of themes of the book. 
  • The Voices pack includes a book and CD, which includes songs and discussion of the themes of the book. 
  • The French packs (Trousse PLF) support development of French language and literacy skills. This pack features an activity booklet and beginner French book.

To see the full list of RAPP packs click here! All packs include activity sheets. We encourage you to make photocopies of the activity pages for your child to enjoy and keep.

The RAPP packs are a creation of the Ottawa Public Library Alternative Services in partnership with Alternative Learning Styles and Outlooks (ALSO), a community group that focuses on Adult and Family Literacy, to offer new literacy material for children.