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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.

Aging Well Together

 Aging Well Together at the Library

Aging Well Together at the Library is an educational series that promotes healthy aging. Adults 55 years of age and older and their caregivers can access information on a variety of healthy living topics through group sessions and via the online portal. Past partners include: Ottawa Public HealthCompassionate Ottawa, and the Council on Aging of Ottawa.

PUTTING A SPOTLIGHT ON OTTAWA’S SENIORS DURING THE PANDEMIC  The Council on Aging wants to hear about your experiences during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. With questions about how you are coping, managing anxiety and staying connected, the information collected can be used to support Ottawa’s seniors during this and other public health crises.   Click on the link to complete the survey online. It will take about 15 minutes.  If you would prefer to complete the questionnaire over the phone, call 613-789-3577 ext. 4 and leave a message. Someone will call you back within 24 hours to collect your information. Make sure your voice is heard.

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Aging Well Together : Financial Health / Bien Vieillir Ensemble: Santé financière by Jill_Biblio

For Financial Literacy Month, with the 2019 theme of "Take charge of your finances", explore these resources to empower you. Below are books and ebooks to borrow, as well as websites for learning either individually or as a group. / À l'occasion du Mois de la littératie financière 2019, ayant pour thème « Prenez vos finances en main », nous vous invitons à explorer les ressources ci-dessous. Vous y trouverez des livres, des livres numériques et des sites web pour apprendre seul ou en groupe.