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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Digital Ottawa


Local history titles that have been digitized. Read them on your desktop! Or come to the library to see the original.

Link to list: Digital Ottawa History

Community newspapers

Digital versions of community newspapers, current and past.

Find OPL’s print copies of these and many other community newspapers here: Ottawa Newspapers

Digitized Ottawa community newspapers

Banar (Blackburn Hamlet Community Association)

2014 -

Carlington Summit


Centretown Buzz

2012 -

Centretown News

1997 -

Glebe Report

2016 -

Heron Park Herald

2010 -

IMAGE - Sandy Hill Community News

2011 -

Kanata Kourier-Standard

2011 -

Kitchissippi Times

2013 –


2014 -

New Edinburgh News

2013 -

Orleans News


OSCAR: Ottawa South Community Association Review

1974 -

Queenswood Newsliner


VISTAS: Alta Vista – Canterbury Community Newspaper

2010 -

West Carleton Review

2011 -

Ottawa Digital Archive

via Virtual Reference Library

Browse over 1,000 images from Ottawa history in the Ottawa Digital Archive, part of the Virtual Reference Library supported by Toronto Public Library and the Government of Ontario.