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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Help migrating birds as they pass through Ottawa this spring

Des points ont été ajoutés sur les fenêtres de la section pour enfants de la succursale de Beaverbrook pour que les oiseaux évitent ces parois en verre

Mar 26, 2021

Blog post contributed by Sarah Kirkpatrick-Wahl from our Beaverbrook Branch.

 

The days are getting longer, the snow is melting, and the trees are budding. It’s spring! And that means the return of migrating birds.

 Every spring our summer birds return from their warmer winter home in the south. These birds make the incredible journey across a continent to raise their families.  Ottawa is a special stop for birds on their way to the Northern Boreal forest. In fact, the Ottawa River is an internationally recognized migration route, particularly for water birds who use the river in the same way we would use a major highway when navigating.

Travelling so far has many natural dangers. Birds can become more vulnerable to predators, go hungry if they are not able to find enough food and can become exhausted. Passing through cities offers new dangers that birds have not evolved to cope with. One of the biggest dangers are the buildings themselves. Birds do not understand glass and cannot see it as a solid, dangerous object. It is even more dangerous when the glass is reflective and the bird thinks it sees a beautiful tree to fly to. When birds collide with glass they can have the same injuries as an athlete with a serious concussion. It is incredibly dangerous.

Luckily there are simple ways that we can make our city safer for migrating birds. The City of Ottawa approved the Bird-Safe Design Guidelines in November 2020 so that new construction  will keep bird safety in mind. The best way to make glass visible to birds is to cover the glass in dots, which alerts the birds to the presence of glass and prevents collisions. The Beaverbrook branch of the Ottawa Public Library has taken this important step.

Above photo: The windows in the Children’s department of the Beaverbrook Public Library have been treated with small dots to make the glass safe for local birds.

What can you do to help birds?

  1. Put up a bird feeder and learn about the birds in your neighborhood

Get to know the birds in your area by putting up a birdfeeder. You can use these interactive tools to learn the common bird calls  or to generate a list of what birds you are most likely to see in Ottawa at different times of the year.

  1. Make your home safe for birds

There are lots of simple ways to treat the windows at home, work or even the cottage to keep birds safe from window collisions. If you want to learn more about what you can do to keep birds safe, attend the Wildlife speaker series event Windows of Opportunity presented by Safe Wings Ottawa.

  1. Get involved in citizen science projects.

Citizen Science projects are fun for the entire family and really do help scientists collect important information about local wildlife trends. Find a project happening near you or report your bird sightings anytime on eBird .

 

Check out the library booklists to learn more about birds, citizen science, and how you can make a difference for the natural world

 

Beginners guide to being a Jr. Bird Nerdby Sarah_library

Check out these titles to get excited about birds and be inspired by the amazing conservation actions of kids around the world.

Beginners guide to being a Bird Nerdby Sarah_library

Not yet a bird enthusiast? Check out these titles and in no time you will be wowed by our feathered friends.

Les oiseauxby Collection_Development