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  • UPDATE – Provincial announcement regarding public libraries and pickups


    We greatly appreciate the Province’s announcement that as part of the first phase of reopening libraries can begin to offer pick-up or delivery of materials. 

    There is a lot of work to do be able to offer these services while ensuring the safety of our employees and our customers. Our plan to resume our physical services needs to account for physical distancing requirements, provision of personal protective equipment, enhanced sanitary controls, and new protocols for employees and customers. We are working on offering holds pick-ups as soon as we can safely do so.  

    We will be communicating all new developments in our service offering to you on all our platforms, as soon as we have updates. 

    Thank you for your patience as we move through this rapidly evolving situation. 


    OPL branches, Bookmobile stops and Homebound delivery services are closed until June 30, 2020. The closure is in response to advice from Ottawa Public Health (OPH) with regards to COVID-19 (coronavirus) for the health and safety of our community. We will continue to monitor the situation and reassess as the situation evolves. Currently, please note:  

    • Due dates for all currently checked out materials have been extended and late fees suspended.
    • Book drops are not available since branches are closed. Hold on to OPL items and return them when branches reopen. 
    • Holds are suspended, and pick up expiry dates extended. This includes interlibrary loans (ILL).
    • Meeting room rentals are cancelled, and fees are being refunded; and
    • Computer bookings, programs, events and outreach activities are cancelled.
    • Expired cards, or those about to expire, have been extended. 

    You can use the Library online:

    We thank you for your patience and support, and we look forward to seeing you online and in person again soon.

Find Resources in Your Community

Here’s a list of web resources for parents in Ottawa:

Logo Parenting in Ottawa Parenting in Ottawa:

Parenting in Ottawa is a new resource for parents created by Ottawa Public Health and its community partners. It was designed to make parenting in Ottawa a little bit easier. Browse our website to find information written by local health experts.


LogoCHEO Programs and Health Info – CHEO:

The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) is a pediatric health and research center providing outstanding family-centered patient care. To find information on their clinical services and programs, as well as useful injury prevention and health information, consult their website.


211 When you don't know where to turn Community Information Centre of Ottawa:

The Community Information Centre of Ottawa is a non-profit, bilingual organization that helps to connect people through multilingual mediated access to community, social, health and government services in their community.


First Words/ Premier mots First Words:

First Words is Ottawa’s Preschool Speech and Language program, which focuses on prevention, early identification and treatment of speech and language problems. Consult their website to find earning tool and use their online screening tool, the Communication Checkup.


PRC CRP Ottawa Parent Resources Centre:

As a children’s charity, the Parent Resource Centre (PRC) is a leader in family support programs and comprehensive training for professionals. With a focus on child development, parent support, training and research, the PRC aims to have a lasting impact on the well-being of children.



Take a Prenatal Class


Is there a baby on the way? Sign up for a mini-series of three free small group prenatal classes led by an Ottawa Public Health Nurse.

Session 1:  Birth Basics – Confidence and Comfort
Session 2:  Breastfeeding Basics – Tips and Techniques
Session 3:  Baby Basics – Preparing for Parenthood

    Click here to see a list of the prenatal classes.

    To learn more visit . If you have questions, you can speak with a Public Health Nurse by calling the Ottawa Public Health Info Line at 613-PARENTS [613-727-3687] (TTY: 613-580-9656) or emailing Ottawa Public Health at