Regular hours resumed Sept. 7, 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.   


Extended curbside service at Alta Vista branch October 16 from 10 am to 5 pm


The Alta Vista branch will extend curbside services at the rear door and parking lot on Saturday October 16, 2021 from 10 am to 5 pm .The branch will resume regular service on Monday, October 18 at 10 am.  .  

Overdrive: Issues with older Apple devices or browsers


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.

Notice: Carlingwood Branch


The elevator at Carlingwood branch is currently out of service. 

Closure: Centennial Branch


Centennial Branch will be open from  2 pm  to 5 pm only Saturday October 16,  due to a planned Hydro Ottawa Power outage.


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Learn to Sing in French with 1,2,3 on chante!


Apr 15, 2020


If you are like many of the parents I know, you are probably counting the days until the library opens it doors again, just to be able to attend those wonderful Storytimes every week. Even though you may join our live Storytimes on Zoom some weekday mornings, you and your kids just can’t get enough of it. And since bilingual Storytimes and French Storytimes are less common, you may be looking for options to expose your children to French while quarantined. Fear not, we got you covered!

The Ottawa Public Library Youtube channel, 1,2,3, on chante, is exactly what you are looking for. The channel was created in 2016 as an educational resource for librarians, teachers and educators that wanted to add some French content to their Storytimes and reading circles or build up their French repertoire of lullabies and rhymes.

If you’re not familiar with the resource, the channel has more than 115 videos of librarians and children programmers from the Ottawa Public Library presenting French children songs (classics lullabies, thematic nursery rhymes and seasonal modifications). Videos are uploaded to Youtube frequently, averaging a new video every two weeks. The most recent video is only a few days old! If you have not been visiting the channel for a while, you probably missed a lot of hidden gems.

Even though the site has been put in place for the teachers and librarians of this world, the resource is also great for parents who needs to diversify their bedtime French lullabies, for Anglophones who wish to bring a little bit of French in their household to expose their children to that language, or even for the kids who wants to sing nursery rhymes on repeat all day long with their favorite librarians.

And the best in all of this? You can play the videos all day and all night long and it won’t lose its voice! It will give you parents a well-deserved break and will make your little one smile, sing and dance. I hope you enjoy!


Blog post contributed by Ariane from our Nepean Centrepointe branch.   

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