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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Read a Book

Didn't get a chance to pick up books before we closed? Don't worry, we have extensive collections for you to browse online. Explore our many eBook and eAudiobook platforms, download the book onto your device and escape into a new world with your next great read. We have also combed through the internet and put together a list of some great external websites which we recommend.

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Read a book online | Lire un livre en ligneby ProgramDevelopment

Here’s some of the best resources from the web for free online books. Please note that these are external links which will take you away from the Ottawa Public Library website. // Voici quelques-unes des meilleures ressources du Web pour des livres numériques gratuits. Veuillez noter que ce sont des liens externes, en cliquant sur ces liens vous sortirez du site Web de la Bibliothèque publique d'Ottawa.

  • Project Gutenberg

    Project Gutenberg (PG) is a volunteer effort to digitize and archive cultural works, and includes many full texts of public domain books such as classics. / Le projet Gutenberg (PG) est un effort volontaire pour numériser et archiver des œuvres culturelles et comprend le texte integrale pour de nombreux livres du domaine public tels que des classiques.
  • LibriVox | Free public domain audiobooks

    LibriVox audiobooks are read by volunteers from all over the world.
  • Litterature audio.com

    Recensement des livres audio disponibles gratuitement sur internet.
  • Open Library

    Open Library provides online access to many public domain and out-of-print books.