Provincial State of Emergency: Impact to OPL Services

20/01/2021

OPL services have not been impacted by the provincial announcement on Tuesday, January 12. Curbside returns and holds pickup services will continue at open branches.

Hours of operation will remain the same for most branches. Greely, North Gower, and Richmond branches will shift their hours to close by 8 p.m., and all Bookmobile stops will close by 8 p.m.

For details about current services, please visit this page.

HOLDS: If you cannot pick up your hold on time, please cancel it in your online account or contact Infoservice before the pickup date. 

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Quick facts about OPL

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!

Fun facts

  • 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:
    1. Beaverbrook (John Mlacak Recreation Centre)
    2. Constance Bay (Constance/Buckham's Bay Recreation Centre)
    3. Cumberland (Ray Friel Recreation Centre)
    4. Fitzroy Harbour (Fitzroy Harbour Recreation Centre)
    5. Greely (Greely Community Centre)
    6. Greenboro (Greenboro Recreation Centre)
    7. Metcalfe (Larry Robinson Arena and Metcalfe Community Centre)
    8. North Gloucester (Splash Wave Pool)
    9. Osgoode (Stuart Holmes Arena and Osgoode Community Centre)
    10. Rockcliffe Park (Rockcliffe Park Recreation Centre)
    11. Ruth E. Dickinson (Walter Baker Sports Centre)
    12. St-Laurent (St-Laurent Complex)
    13. Vanier (Richelieu Vanier Recreation Centre)