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  • Contactless Returns and Holds Pickup Service at OPL


    OPL is offering contactless returns and holds pickup service at select branches, during new hours of operation. Find the details of this new service and branch opening dates here.

    • RETURNS will be accepted only during hours of operation, no appointment necessary. Due dates for currently checked out materials have been extended and late fees suspended.
    • HOLDS PICKUPS are by appointment only. Make an appointment here.

    In accordance with Ottawa Public Health directive, please wear a mask when entering a branch.

    For information about Library cards, virtual programs, and more, contact  InfoService by phone or email.

Prepare your Child for Reading

Studies have shown that children get ready to read years before they start school. Parents and caregivers play a critical role in developing early literacy skills in children beginning at birth. Early Literacy is everything that a child knows about reading before actually learning how to read.

To help children and families develop critical Early Literacy skills, the Library has adopted Every Child Ready to Read®, an early childhood literacy program developed by the American Library Association. All of our weekly storytimes incorporate elements of the program, which you can practice at home on your own.

Here are five simple practices you can use to get a child ready to read



Join us for reading fun at the library!

Library programs include stories, activities, songs, puppets and rhymes. These programs are free and offered at branches throughout the city.

Find a library program:


The Friends of the Ottawa Public Library generously provided funding for some of the Every Child Ready to Read material.