Regular hours resumed Sept. 7, 2021

15/10/2021

Ottawa Public Library has returned to regular pre-pandemic hours at most branches as of September 7, 2021 — including Sunday hours at 10 branches and InfoService. Hours are posted at branch entrances and on the Hours and location page of the OPL website.   

 

Alta Vista branch: Return to regular hours and service

27/10/2021

Alta Vista branch has returned to regular service and hours on October 22, 2021.

Carp Branch

18/10/2021

Carp branch will be closed on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 for operational use by the City of Ottawa. Regular service will resume Wednesday,  October 27, 2021 at 10 am. 

Overdrive: Issues with older Apple devices or browsers

12/10/2021

Recent changes by Overdrive and Libby have impacted compatibility with older versions of Apple's mobile and desktop operating systems. Those who use older Apple devices (Mac computers running lower than macOS 10.12.1 and iPhones/iPads running iOS 9) may have trouble using the OverDrive desktop or mobile apps, while Libby is no longer supported on iPhones and iPads running iOS 9.

Carlingwood branch: Elevator out of service

18/10/2021

The elevator at Carlingwood branch is currently out of service. 

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Assistive technology and equipment

Assistive technology stations provide a range of equipment and features that are helpful to customers with different types of disabilities. Each of OPL’s 33 branches has at least one assistive workstation. OPL offers many different assistive technologies and equipment that are helpful to users with different types of disabilities.

Windows 10 assistive software, including such features as:

  • a built-in narrator
  • magnifier
  • high contrast options,
  • close captioning,
  • reading and writing software for people with learning disabilities or reading difficulties. It allows users to scan a text document and have it read aloud.

Book two hours of computer time;

  1. Bring a flash drive on which to save this information; and
  2. Bring headphones with a microphone attachment

Presto!PageManager

Software that scans and organizes documents and allows users to save documents in PDF and other formats. Features an Optical Character Recognition (OCR) function.

StickyKeys

Closeup image of Shift, Ctrl, Windows and Alt keyboard keys

A computer feature designed for people who have difficulty holding down two or more keys at a time. When a shortcut requires a key combination, such as CTRL+P, StickyKeys will enable the user to press one key at a time instead of pressing them simultaneously. This feature is available on all public computer stations as well as the assistive technology workstations by hitting the shift key 5 times consecutively.

Trackball mouse

InfoGrip Trackball Mouse image

Large 3 inch trackball which requires less fine motor control and allows for more accurate movements. Large buttons make clicking easier.

Accessible keyboard

ZoomText Keyboard image

Large character keyboard with black typeface on yellow keys.

23” touchscreen monitors with new privacy screens:

Image of a widescreen monitor

Allows for better zoom capability.

Height adjustable table

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Table is adjustable and can even accommodate a standing position.

Scanner

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Can be used with the assistive software

Headphones and saving materials

The Library does not provide headphones for public use. Please bring your own headphones for use with these programs. To save your material, please bring a CD (ensure it is a CD-RW) or a flash drive (USB).

Getting started

If you are interested in using these workstations or need assistance, please contact one of the branches to make an appointment for an introductory tutorial.

How to book an assistive technology workstation:

Please select “ZoomText + Assistive” as the PC type through our online booking system at the available branches.

Other accessible equipment

Video magnifier

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Designed to be used by people with visual impairments who have difficulty reading ordinary printed materials. Customers can place written material on the reading tray and adjust the zoom level, as well as the background colour. * Available at the Main Library only

DAISY players (Victor Readers)

Victor reader image

Plays DAISY and MP3 books and music on CDs.  These devices can only be borrowed by customers with print disabilities who are registered with for the DAISY collection. Please note that there may be a waiting list to borrow a DAISY player.