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  • Want to know which database includes your favourite magazines and newspapers?...read more about A-Z list -Full Text Finder

  • Access Video on Demand is a streaming video platform with a focus on educational film...read more about Access Video on Demand

  • A self-paced program designed to develop reading skills. The program has six levels from Elementary to Advanced, with 10 units at each level....read more about Active Reading

  • A collection of thousands of individual genealogy databases from many different institutions. It includes American, Canadian and U.K....read more about Ancestry Library

    Important Notice: You can access Ancestry Library Edition in our library branches through desktop computers provided by our library or your own personal laptop, tablet, or mobile phone. (Remote access is not supported.) 

  • Learn more about food in history and culture while discovering thousands of traditional recipes from 174 countries.

    AtoZ World Food features:

    ...read more about AtoZ World Food
  • A large assortment of streaming audiobooks that are always available.  Includes fiction and nonfiction material for both adults and children.

  • Offers access to Encyclopaedia Britannica, Merriam-Webster dictionary & thesaurus and an interactive atlas....read more about Britannica Library

  • Access thousands of articles that cover subjects for school and fun, from nations of the world to animals and sports.

  • Canada’s Information Resource Centre now provides online access to five titles that we currently have in our collection:...read more about Canada's Information Resource Centre

  • This encyclopedia includes over 40,000 articles and 60,000 photographs, as well as maps, graphs, games, quizzes and videos.  Updated regularly, it contains ...read more about Canadian Encyclopedia

  • This full-text database includes the complete available electronic backfiles for major national and regional newspapers from 1985 to current, providing full...read more about Canadian Major Dailies_ProQuest (Formerly Canadian Newsstand)

    Full text remote access for Globe & Mail is available here.

    • Login to Canadian Major Dailies_ProQuest
    • Click on Publications located on the top bar of the page
    • Type Globe and Mail in the search box
    • Click on the search results for The Globe and Mail (Jan. 1, 2020 – present)
    • Browse specific issues
  • Offers access to full-text content from several major publications including Consumer Reports, Canadian Geographic, Maclean's, Time and many more.  It also ...read more about Canadian Reference Centre

  • This bilingual online resource offers historical content about Canada from the first European settlers to the early 20th century....read more about Canadiana

  • Popular and classic French-language eBooks and Canadian audiobooks. Compatible with most devices. The app Aldiko Next requires iOS 14 or higher.

    ...read more about Cantook Station: French-language eBooks and Audiobooks
  • Le Centre de documentation du Canada offre désormais accès en ligne à cinq ouvrages que nous avons actuellement dans notre collection impr...read more

  • Riche de quelque 800 000 références, ChoixMédia recense chaque année de 40 000 titres en langue française, dans tous les domaines et pour tous les publics, ...read more about CHOIX Média

  • ConsumerReports.org provides unbiased ratings and reviews, recommendations and buying advice from expert Consumer Reports’ testers for thousands of products...read more about ConsumerReports.org

  • Learn how to paint, knit, sew, and much more....read more about Creativebug

  • Curio.ca offers access to thousands of commercial-free educational video and audio streams from CBC and Radio-Canada.  Categories include Canadian history, ...read more about Curio.ca

    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

  • Use the Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online to review the lives and achievements of individuals who played important roles in the formation of Canada.  ...read more about Dictionary of Canadian Biography

  • Short animations in English, French, Arabic, Spanish, and Russian, amongst other languages, with complementary texts to ...read more about EduMedia

  • Avec plus de 30 000 articles et 17 000 médias reliés entre eux, l'Encyclopaedia Universalis en ligne couvre l'ensemble des domaines de la connaissance et pr...read more about Encyclopædia Universalis

  • Encyclopédie en ligne entièrement en français spécialement conçue pour les enfants et pour les jeunes adolescents.

  • Articles include maps, photos, illustrations, diagrams, audio clips, statistics, links to related information and citation information....read more about Encyclopédie Découverte

  • The database allows searchable access to full articles, columns and features from the major French-Canadian newspapers and certain magazines such as Protége...read more about Eureka.cc

  • Access today's edition of popular magazine titles including Hello! Canada, Maclean's, Scientific American, Time, People and others.

    • If you are experiencing difficulty accessing magazines, please check "Tips on how to access magazines from Flipster" under our Help Guide
    • Two new eMagazines had been added to the Flipster platform. They are: Do it yourself & Essence.
  • Nearly 15,000 journals with full-text and indexed articles on a wide range of academic subjects with strengths in the physical sciences, technology, social ...read more about Gale Academic OneFile (Formerly Academic OneFile)

    Access from home will prompt you to re-enter your library card number.

    Full text remote access for Globe & Mail is available here:

    • Login to Gale Academic Onefile by using your library account
    • Click on Advanced Search and under SEARCH OPTIONS, click Publication Search
    • Type Globe and Mail in the search box
    • Click on the search results for The Globe and Mail
    • Select different years and browse specific issues
    ...read more usage notes about Gale Academic OneFile (Formerly Academic OneFile)
  • This collection of reference eBooks -- the kind of reliable, in-depth material once in a printed reference collection -- gives full-text access to thousands...read more about Gale Ebooks

    Access from home will prompt you to re-enter your library card number.

  • Analyze industry events and trends, company performance and activity, as well as the latest in management, economics and politics....read more about Gale OneFile: Business

    Access from home will require that you re-enter your library card number.

    Full text remote access for Globe & Mail is available here:

    • Login to Gale OneFile: Business by using your library account
    • Click on Advanced Search and under SEARCH OPTIONS, click Publication Search
    • Type Globe and Mail in the search box
    • Click on the search results for The Globe and Mail
    • Select different year and browse specific issues
    ...read more usage notes about Gale OneFile: Business
  • Ideal for business schools and entrepreneurs, Gale OneFile: Entrepreneurship is updated daily and provides insights, tips, strategies, and success stories....read more about Gale OneFile: Entrepreneurship

    Access from home will require you to re-enter your library card number.

  • This digitized version of The Globe and Mail includes all of the newspapers' sections, images, classifieds, advertisements, births, deaths, political cartoo...read more about Globe and Mail _ ProQuest Historical Newspapers (1844-2016)

  • Grant Connect is a fundraising platform that connects charities with funders who share their cause....read more about Grant Connect

    Grant Connect is available for in-library use only.

  • Provides access to over 42,000,000 images and files from the origins of New France to today, drawn from the search tools of the Drouin Genealogical Institut...read more about Généalogie Québec

  • The Hilltimes.com – Canada’s political and government news service

    ...read more about Hill Times
  • This digital media service provides customers access to motion picture films, television shows and complete music albums....read more about Hoopla

    OPL has extended your Hoopla play credit from 4 to 6 per month. It is a special gift for you to celebrate October Library month. Let's be connected, inspired and entertained together every day!

    You can stream or temporarily download up to 6 titles per month per card from now on.

    By popular request, hoopla is now available on Android Auto! Listen to music more safely and easily using your vehicle's in-dash display....read more usage notes about Hoopla

  • iPolitics is Canada’s only digital-native news service covering politics, policy and the business of government....read more about IPolitics

    This product is limited to 20 simultaneous users. If you have trouble logging on you may wish to try again later.

  • Over 8,092 fun and informative video and audio titles featuring Berenstain Bears, Franklin the Turtle, Wild Kratts and many more.  Subject...read more about Just for Kids

  • 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, t...read more about Kanopy

    • 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 of access
    • Unlimited plays for any video in Kanopy Kids and any trailer.
    • Kanopy can now be found in the Extras section of the Overdrive Libby app.
    • The Kanopy app and all the ways for you to browse, stream, and enjoy videos from Kanopy remain unchanged.
    ...read more usage notes about Kanopy
  • A database designed to help improve writing, vocabulary, spelling, grammar, reading comprehension and math skills at the elementary (grade 4), secondary, co...read more about Learning Express Library

  • Indexes periodicals, books, research reports and proceedings in the field of librarianship.

  • LinkedIn Learning for Library is an upgrade to the previous Lynda Library product, providing continued lifelong learning opportunities for all of you. 

    ...read more about LinkedIn Learning for Library (Formerly Lynda.com)
    • From March 31st, 2022, any customers who have not yet logged into LinkedIn Learning for Library will not have their Lynda history migrated over.  
    • LinkedIn Learning mobile app is now available. Please activate/access LinkedIn Learning via the desktop first, then move to the mobile app for an easier sign in experience on mobile.
    • To sign in, click Sign in with your library card, enter “LibraryID” as “ottawa”, read more usage notes about LinkedIn Learning for Library (Formerly Lynda.com)
  • Canada's national current affairs magazine.  Coverage includes news, social issues, politics, business, sports, health, education, arts and entertainment...read more about Maclean's

  • Mango Languages offers 40 online language learning courses for English speakers and 15 English courses for non-English speakers....read more about Mango Languages

  • The world's premier resource for classical music videos, it gives you unlimited and simultaneous access to stunning live events streamed every year from the...read more about Medici.tv | EDU

    You can change the language setting to be English, French, Spanish and Russian

  • MyHeritage Library Edition™ contains billions of historical documents from more than 48 countries, millions of historical photos, public records, indexes an...read more about MyHeritage Library Edition

    Please note:

    MyHeritage Library Edition, differs from the consumer version of My Heritage

    Personal authentication and all personalization features, such as tree creation, have been expressly disabled in the Library Edition by design to protect the privacy of users.

  • Offers streaming access to over 1 million tracks of classical music...read more about Naxos Music Library

    • Mobile App activation code is : OttawaPLpd10AXM  1. Download App 2. Select "Connect with your institution. 3. Type in the above activation code, 4. Click "SUBMIT" 5. Create account. 6. Check your email to activate Naxos Music Library personal playlist account.
    • Your access to the mobile app will be temporarily deactivated if you haven't logged into the web version of the service via our library's authentication system for six months. You can re-activate your account i...read more usage notes about Naxos Music Library
  • This includes a mix of jazz legends and contemporary jazz and can be accessed from any computer, anywhere, anytime.  You can also listen to this resource th...read more about Naxos Music Library Jazz

    This product is limited to 20 simultaneous users. If you have trouble logging on you may wish to try again later.

    Mobile App activation code is: OttawaPLjazPD09RFG,

    1. Download App. 2. Select "Connect with your institution. 3. Type in the above activation code., 4. Click "SUBMIT" 5. Create account. 6. Check your email to activate Naxos Music Library Jazz personal playlist account.., 

    Your access to the mobile app will be temporarily deactivated if you haven't logged int...read more usage notes about Naxos Music Library Jazz

  • Naxos Music Library World offers a wide range of music, from legendary historical musical performances to contemporary world music....read more about Naxos Music Library World

    Mobile App activation code is: OttawaPLnmlwPD5TCK, 1. Download App 2. Select "Connect with your institution. 3. Type in the above activation code., 4. Click "SUBMIT" 5. Create account. 6. Check your email to activate Naxos Music Library World personal playlist account.

    Your access to the mobile app will be temporarily deactivated if you haven't logged into the web version of the service via our library's authentication system for six months. You can re-activate your account in the fo...read more usage notes about Naxos Music Library World

  • Naxos MusicBox is a brand new carefully produced and beautifully presented music resource for children. ...read more about Naxos MusicBox

    • Teacher or Parents access : Username: OttawaPLnmbTR , Password:  C%h8S!Y#, Teachers or Parents can access everything on the site, including a section of ‘With a teacher’ class activities and accompanying PDF resources, giving clear guidance on what to do.
    • Student access :, Username: OttawaPLnmbST , Password: hy=6bA3D...read more usage notes about Naxos MusicBox
  • Listen to the world's literatur...read more about Naxos Spoken Word Library

    Mobile App activation code is: OttawaPLSWpd05MWF, 1. Download App 2. Select "Connect with your institution. 3. Type in the above activation code., 4. Click "SUBMIT" 5. Create account. 6. Check your email to activate Naxos Spoken Word Library personal playlist account.

    Your access to the mobile app will be temporarily deactivated if you haven't logged into the web version of the service via our library's authentication system for six months. You can...read more usage notes about Naxos Spoken Word Library

  • Watch the world's greatest opera houses, ballet companies, orchestras and artists perform on demand....read more about Naxos Video Library

  • Naxos Works Database is your online catalogue of classical music works, with a wealth of detail like duration, instrumentation, publisher and work introduct...read more about Naxos Works Database

  • Understand the world. Navigate life. Access The New York Times here....read more about New York Times

    *Please ignore the subscription notices while browsing the site. 

  • NFB Campus streams almost 1,500 more films than the free NFB site...read more about NFB (National Film Board) Campus

  • NoveList K-8 Plus is a trusted source of read-alike recommendations specifically for younger readers....read more about NoveList K-8 Plus:Find your next great read

  • Looking for your next book? Want to find more authors like your favorites? NoveList Plus has all your reading answers....read more about NoveList Plus : Find your next great read

  • A searchable archive of 30 days which is part of the database Library PressDisplay.  Articles can be translated into German, Greek, Spanish or French....read more about Ottawa Citizen

  • This digitized full-images archives of the Ottawa Citizen provides genealogists, researchers and general public with online, easily-search...read more about Ottawa Citizen - ProQuest Historical Newspapers (1845 - 2010)

  • eBooks and downloadable audiobooks. Compatible with most devices.

    Between May 3 and July 28, 2022, OverDrive will perform server upgrades to enhance the performance and security of the systems. Your OverDrive experience will be impacted for approximately 60 minutes or less between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. Eastern Time on Tuesdays and Thursdays only during the period noted above. Sorry for the inconvenience....read more usage notes about Overdrive eBooks & Audiobooks

  • A package of over 3,000 popular titles (including The Economist, Canadian Living, National Geographic, The New Yorker, and many more) with varieties of lang...read more about Overdrive Magazines (Formerly RBDigital Unlimited Magazines -Zinio)

    For PC & Mac computers Libbyapp.com offers all the same great features as the app except the ability to download loans for offline use. You'll still be able to read and listen to your loans as long as you're connected to the internet., For Android & iOS device, You can access titles offline through the Libby app on an Android or iOS device if you'd like

  • 600,000 words … 3.5 million quotations … over 1000 years of English

    ...read more about Oxford English Dictionary
  • Database containing a directory of civil status records (baptisms, marriages and burials) in Quebec (1621-1799), a genealogical dictionary of families (1621...read more about PRDH (Programme de recherche en démographie historique)

  • Provides access to today’s newspapers and magazines from all over the world.  Advanced features allow automated translation as well the ability to listen to...read more about PressReader

    • You don’t need to create a separate PressReader account, without a PressReader account, you can still access any of the titles offered by Ottawa Public Library on PressReader.
    • All you need is a library card and a pin to sign in via a login page on the OPL website or PressReader App. That’s it!
    • Customers logged in through App need to re-authenticate after 30 days while Customers logged in through EzProxy (via library website) need to re-authenticate after 2 days
    • ...read more usage notes about PressReader
  • Pronunciator is unique in offering personalized courses in any of 163 languages, and instruction in any of 144 hom...read more about Pronunciator

    Go Mobile The Pronunciator app is written in responsive HTML5, and can be used in any browser — even the browser in your mobile device.

  • A directory of 2.1 million Canadian company profiles compiled from telephone directories, annual reports, government data, chamber of commerce information, ...read more about ReferenceCanada

  • The Road to IELTS - Academic module provides an introduction, advice and tutorials, as well as interactive practices and simulated mock tests....read more about Road to IELTS - Academic Module

  • The Road to IELTS- General Training module provides an introduction, advice and tutorial, as well as interactive practices and simulated mock tests....read more about Road to IELTS - General Training Module

  • SOLARO is an online study resourc...read more about SOLARO

    • Customers will need to enter a library card the first time to request a SOLARO Account.
    • You can then use this information to log in to the website www.solaro.com or to log in through the SOLARO app on your mobile devices.
  • A collection of Graphic Novels, eBooks, classic literature, National Geographic videos, educator resources and audiobooks, perfect for middle school and hig...read more about Teen Book Cloud (TumbleBookCloud)

    TumbleBookCloud Jr is no longer active. Any k-6 titles from this resource are available on TumbleBook Library. There were some titles in TumbleBookCloud Jr. (TBC JR) that were created to the upper middle schoolers, those are available on Teen Book Cloud.

  • ESL program that helps students improve their reading, writing, listening, speaking, vocabulary and grammar skills in five levels.

  • Free and unlimited online courses in French. Learn languages, sewing, singing, coding for kids, and more! 

  • Collection of online books created by adding animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books from major children's book publishers and desig...read more about TumbleBook Library

    TumbleBookCloud Jr is no longer active. Any k-6 titles from this resource are available on TumbleBook Library. There were some titles in TumbleBookCloud Jr. (TBC JR) that were created to the upper middle schoolers, those are available on TeenBookCloud.

  • TumbleMath is a comprehensive collection of online math, story and picture books that includes full narration and animation....read more about TumbleMath

  • The Value Line Investment Survey and Small & Midcap Survey offers access to over 3,500 stocks across 100 industries.  This includes analysts’ reports, s...read more about Value Line

    Notice: This product is limited to 6 simultaneous users. If you have trouble logging on you may wish to try again later.

    Customers accessing Value Line from outside a library branch will have to enter a Barcode number (Your library card barcode number) to sign in to Value Line..

  • Worxica, a curated job vacancy archive, is Canada's first free big data job market research tool. It's built specifically for job seekers and recruiters....read more about Worxica