Notice: St-Laurent Branch


The St-Laurent branch is closed due to a power outage. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Step 1: Contactless services inside most open branches


There are contactless services inside most of our 31 open branches, with capacity limits in place, as of June 14, 2021, except at Metcalfe Village, Orléans and Rosemount. This means:

  • Holds can be picked up on shelves and checked out at self-checkout stations.
  • Borrowed items can be returned via book drops anytime.
  • Access to PCs, Chromebooks, and printing, where these are available.
  • Hours of operation remain the same, except at Osgoode.
  • Mask-wearing remains mandatory inside, and outside in line.

For details, go to Current Branch Services.

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“For Later Shelf” - your new favourite tool on OPL’s Website


Your hold list in the online catalogue is usually where you can see the items coming up next for pick-up at your local branch. I love watching my holds list, especially when you see a title you’re anxious to receive suddenly appear for you to take home. But things have changed, and right now, that hot, new read might only be available as an e-book, and you already have lots in your queue... What can you do to keep track of all those new titles? Answer - the “For Later” shelf! Think of it as a wish list of titles for later, and since it has no limits, you can add as many titles as you like: whether books, music CDs, DVDs or other items in our collection. 

You can add to your “For Later” shelf two ways: 

  • Log in to your account. 

  • From any of an item’s details page, search results, awards and bestseller lists, or another patron’s shelves, click the “For Later” button next to the item. 


  • Log in to your account. 

  • On the menu, click For Later Shelf". 

  • Click Add a title. 

  • Search for the title you want to add. 

  • Click the + Add link on the right-hand side. 

  • Search for additional items if required, and then close the popup window. 

If you want to cancel a hold and move it to your For Later shelf:

  • Log in to your account.

  • On the menu, click “Holds”.

  • Scroll to your holds that are “Not ready” or “Paused”.

  • On any item, click on the third button that says “For later” to save it for when you want to put it on hold again.

  • Then click on the “Cancel Hold” if you wish to cancel the request. Please note: if you cancel your hold, you will lose your position in line.  


The “For Later” shelf is also really great to use if you’re having trouble with getting through your holds in a timely manner, or having too many items show up at once. This way, you have a record of that title and can go back when it works for you. Try it out today!