Regular hours resume on September 7 2021

03/09/2021

Ottawa Public Library will return to regular pre-pandemic hours at most branches starting Tuesday, September 7, 2021 — including Sunday hours at 10 branches and InfoService as of Sunday, September 12.  

Hours are posted at branch entrances and on the Hours and location page of the OPL website.   

Fitzroy Harbour and Vernon branches are reopening after being closed since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020.  

Notice - Carlingwood branch

17/09/2021

The elevator at the Carlingwood branch is currently unavailable.

Rideau branch-Elevator out of service

15/09/2021

The elevator at Rideau is currently out of service for maintenance and repairs. Service will be restored on Monday, September 27th.

Holiday Closure: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

20/09/2021

All Ottawa Public Library branches will be closed on Thursday, September 30. Access our online services 24/7 on the Ottawa Public Library website.

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Accessibility Status

Application for Accessibility Status

Do you require longer borrowing periods due to a disability? You can apply to change your Library card to Accessibility Status by filling out this form.

Features of the Accessibility Status:

  • Six week loan period for all items, except for downloadable digital media and Express items (regular loan periods apply); and
  • Six week renewal period for all items, except for downloadable digital media and Express items (regular renewal periods apply).

Please note that customers are responsible for:

  • Picking up and returning their material to a Library branch or Bookmobile stop; and
  • All fees incurred. See the Fees and Fines chart for more details.

Download the Application for Accessibility Status.

The form is also available in Library branches.

Please note that a health care professional (i.e. physician, nurse, physiotherapist, chiropractor, naturopath, psychologist, etc.) must complete a portion of the form. In lieu of having a health care professional signature, the Ottawa Public Library will also accept the following:

  • A valid OC Transpo community bus pass;
  • A CNIB card; or
  • Proof that you receive benefits under the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).

If you have other documentation that you wish to have considered, please contact the OPL Accessibility Office or 613-580-2424 ext. 28321

Once the application form is complete, please bring it in person to any OPL branch to have your Library card changed to Accessibility Status. New customers without an existing Library card will also need to bring photo I.D. and proof of address.