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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Watch a Movie

Use your screen to expand your world. See what movies and TV shows are available instantly on Hoopla, browse CBC's vast collection of educational videos on Curio.ca or stream a documentary on Access Video on Demand. We have also combed through the internet and put together a list of some great external websites which we recommend.

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Online resources

  • Homepage of Access Video on Demand
    Access Video on Demand is a streaming video platform with a focus on educational films. The collection includes 41,213 videos, 331,668 video segments and 1,094 subject categories. The topics range from Arts and Humanities, Business and Economics, Science, Mathematics and...
  • Homepage for Curio.ca
    Curio.ca offers access to thousands of commercial-free educational video and audio streams from CBC and Radio-Canada. Categories include Canadian history, health, business, children's programming, Indigenous studies and many others.
    If you would like to create playlists and use other personalized features of Curio.ca, you'll need to create an account by using access code: LWB9-RCBE
  • Homepage for Hoopla
    This digital media service provides customers access to motion picture films, television shows and complete music albums. There are more than 230,000 titles in this collection, which includes current and past hits, as well as classics. There is a variety of genres to choose from, with something for all ages.
    You can stream or temporarily download up to 4 titles per month per card.
  • Homepage for Kanopy
    Kanopy offers a large collection of high quality films and documentaries from art-house classics to world cinema, all available to play on your PC, phone, tablet and digital media player. You can stream up to 4 films per month. At...
    You can watch up to 4 films per month per card.
    You can check out 1 series from The Great Courses per month per card with 30 days access
    Unlimited plays for any video in Kanopy Kids.
    Starting on Monday, March 22nd, trailers for Kanopy’s top 100 suppliers’ films will be available. Kanopy will keep adding more trailers to more films throughout the year
    Playing a trailer will not deduct any type of play credit.
  • Homepage of Access Video on Demand
    Access Video on Demand is a streaming video platform with a focus on educational films. The collection includes 41,213 videos, 331,668 video segments and 1,094 subject categories. The topics range from Arts and Humanities, Business and Economics, Science, Mathematics and...

Featured web content

Watch a movie | Regarde un filmby ProgramDevelopment

Here’s some of the best resources from the web for movie watching. 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 regarder des films. Veuillez noter que ce sont des liens externes, en cliquant sur ces liens vous sortirez du site Web de la Bibliothèque publique d'Ottawa.

  • Office national du film

    Les films qui composent la collection de l'ONF – animations, documentaires, films expérimentaux, fictions et œuvres interactives – prennent position sur des enjeux mondiaux importants pour les Canadiens et les Canadiennes : l'environnement, les droits de la personne, les conflits internationaux, les arts, et plus encore.
  • National Film Board

    NFB’s collection includes documentaries, animations, experimental films, fiction and interactive works. We showcase films that take a stand on issues of global importance that matter to Canadians—stories about the environment, human rights, international conflict, the arts and more.
  • TFO Film

    De la grande comédie au film romantique, du film drôle au drame, du film d’action au péplum, vous trouverez le bonheur de découvrir ou de revoir un très bon film en français.
  • Black & White Movies

    Watch your favorite old movies for free online. BnWMovies.com has been providing access to old movies since 2009. All movies on BnWMovies.com are in the public domain or in other ways legally shared. Enjoy a classic!
  • Films TV5Unis

    Profitez de leur sélection de films français et québécois à visionner gratuitement, dans le confort et la chaleur de votre foyer.
  • Popcornflix

    Popcornflix has full-length movies that will make you laugh, make you cry, scare the heck out of you, or inspire you to hug the person you love.
  • Noovo Films

    Des films divertissants, pour tous les goûts, toujours gratuits! Beaucoup de drame, d'amour et de suspense, à regarder sans ménagement, au même endroit.
  • Short of the Week

    Founded in 2007 by Andrew Allen and Jason Sondhi, Short of the Week has become the preeminent voice in online film curation built on scouring the web to discover and promote the new wave of emerging filmmakers creating innovative stories for online audiences. Watch the most innovative stories—Documentary, Comedy, Sci-fi, Horror, Experimental, Animation, Inspiration, Student films, Award winners & more short films.
  • Pleins Écrans

    Plein(s) Écran(s) est le premier festival de cinéma se déroulant entièrement sur Facebook! Le festival s’est tenu en janvier. En ce moment, il nous offre une série de publications découvertes sur leur page Facebook afin de nous présenter des initiatives qui offre des sélections de courts métrages en ligne gratuitement.ebook
  • Top Documentary Films

    As of now there are more than 3,000 documentaries published on TDF (most of them are full length docs), organized in 25 different categories, searchable by keywords, sortable by rating, comments, and titles and most importantly open for discussion.