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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Community Resources

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Parenting in Ottawa

Parenting in Ottawa is a resource for parents created by Ottawa Public Health and its community partners. It was designed to make parenting in Ottawa a little bit easier. Browse our website to find information written by local health experts.

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First Words

First Words is Ottawa’s Preschool Speech and Language program, which focuses on prevention, early identification and treatment of speech and language problems. Consult their website to find learning tools and to use their online screening tool, the Communication Checkup.

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Ottawa Parent Resources Centre

The Parent Resource Centre (PRC) is a leader in family support programs and comprehensive training for professionals. By engaging with children, parents and caregivers, supporting early learning and development, and connecting families with resources, PRC facilitates lifelong learning and transformation. PRC staff use relevant, relatable approaches and proven best practices to increase the quality of life for children and their families.

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Family Services Ottawa

Family Services Ottawa offers counselling and support services to anybody in Ottawa who needs it. Highly trained counsellors present programs geared to help through challenging situations.

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Family and Social Services

The City of Ottawa’s Family and Social Services connect Ottawa residents with information about care and services for young children and teens. It also includes information about housing, employment and financial assistance.