The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) is the largest bilingual (English/French) public library system in North America. The OPL extends public access to information and services through the library’s 34 branches, physical and virtual (BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca), as well as two mobile libraries and a vending machine-style lending library service. Serving close to one million Ottawa residents, OPL’s mission is to inspire learning, spark curiosity, and connect people. If it’s out there, it’s in here!
- OPL has a service area of 2,700 km2
- The longest distance between branches is 88 kilometers between Vernon and Fitzroy Harbour
OPL was the first to provide publicly-accessible Wi-Fi in Ottawa (in 2008), well before Tim Hortons (2012) or Starbucks (2010) introduced it across Canada!
- The Ottawa Room’s collection includes over 1,200 maps, from 1856 to the present
- ‘Reading’ a book is offered in many forms at OPL: in print, as an audiobook, as an eBook, in Braille or in picture format.
- Thirteen branches are located in or beside recreational City buildings:
- Beaverbrook (John Mlacak Recreation Centre)
- Constance Bay (Constance/Buckham's Bay Recreation Centre)
- Cumberland (Ray Friel Recreation Centre)
- Fitzroy Harbour (Fitzroy Harbour Recreation Centre)
- Greely (Greely Community Centre)
- Greenboro (Greenboro Recreation Centre)
- Metcalfe (Larry Robinson Arena and Metcalfe Community Centre)
- North Gloucester (Splash Wave Pool)
- Osgoode (Stuart Holmes Arena and Osgoode Community Centre)
- Rockcliffe Park (Rockcliffe Park Recreation Centre)
- Ruth E. Dickinson (Walter Baker Sports Centre)
- St-Laurent (St-Laurent Complex)
- Vanier (Richelieu Vanier Recreation Centre)