The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) has more than thirty branches in its network. In addition to a typical physical library collection, the OPL makes good use of digital, online and mobile resources for the modern world. Today on the blog, Osgoode Properties has compiled a guide to library resources available throughout the network and the branch near Merivale Manor (1220 Merivale Road).

Print and Digital Collections

Every branch in Ottawa carries a growing selection of print and digital media. Books, magazines, newspapers, movies and music are available in print or online to use for absolutely no charge.

Fiction and nonfiction titles are divided into sections such as General, Teen, Mystery, Graphic Novels and more. The DVDs and CDs span the audio-visual spectrum, from audiobooks to games for Xbox, PlayStation and Wii. All of these are available in at least one of six languages including Chinese, Arabic, French and Spanish.

Online Resources

One of the most convenient ways to take advantage of OPL is to explore their website and online resources. Each online service, from A-Z searches to Audiobook Cloud, is designed to access information instantly at the click of a mouse. Academic OneFile is perfect for students who need reliable research citations and professionals of all kinds can use the Canadian Business and Current Affairs database.

You can use the library’s online tools to browse by subject. There is even a support page to help use your personal eReader.

Mobile Apps

OPL mobile apps ensure constant access to the library’s resources. The general app allows users to browse the full list of titles and use the built-in geo-locator to find a branch close to Merivale Manor.

All library apps include OneDrive Media Console to read downloaded ebooks, listen to audiobooks and find more libraries. There is also Mango Mobile Languages to learn a new language and Naxos Music Library to access thousands of streaming songs. All of these are available for free from the App Store and Google Play.

Programs and Events

The library goes beyond its collections, digital media and mobile apps. They offer more than 200 ongoing programs and events at different branches across Ottawa.

Emerald Plaza, the closest branch to Merivale Manor, has Scrabble nights, craft-making workshops and literary book launches. Job Search Club is a place for adults to share stories, tips and leads as they continue their job search. Meetings are held every two weeks at the Greensboro Branch and drop-ins are welcome. Adults over fifty can discuss their favourite books in the Book Banter program or learn about diabetes and how to control blood sugar.

Visit The Ottawa Public Library online to learn more about the resources, collections, programs and events available. Not only will you find the majority of these near Merivale Manor, but at every branch in the Capital City.