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  • Contactless Returns and Holds Pickup Service at OPL


    OPL offers contactless returns and holds pickup service at select branches, during new hours of operation. 

    • RETURNS will be accepted only during hours of operation, no appointment necessary. Due dates for currently checked out materials have been extended and late fees suspended. 
    • HOLDS PICKUP: As of July 27, appointments are no longer needed to pick up holds, except at Rosemount (temporary location). You can pick up your available holds during opening hours at branches offering contactless service.    
    • Rosemount (temporary location) will offer curbside service starting Monday, July 27. Holds pickups are by appointment only at this location. 
    • UPDATE: Starting Monday, August 17, additional in-person services will be offered at select branches and new branch locations will reopen. Find out more.

    Masks are required to be worn inside Ottawa Public Library branches, as per the Temporary Mandatory Mask By-law. 
    For information about Library cards, virtual programs, and more, contact InfoService by phone or email. 


Active Living in Ottawa for Older Adults


The adage of ‘use it or lose it’ holds true when it comes to fitness and the pursuit of fun. Beyond the rudimentary fitness benefits, City of Ottawa programs help you develop the strength and endurance to enjoy life, maintain independence and take on new challenges.

You’ll be amazed at the variety fitness programs offered at City of Ottawa recreation centres — everything from pickleball to strength and balance classes. If you crave a good strength training workshop, are a music fanatic or just love to dance, we’ve got you covered. We’ve got activities to keep your mind sharp too:

  • Meditation
  • Bridge
  • Line dancing
  • Ukulele
  • ‘Food for Thought’ lunch and learn sessions 

It’s always a good time to learn something new and meet other like-minded people.

The City of Ottawa has four centres specifically for seniors and many other recreation facilities across the city. Wherever you go, you’ll find tons of activities for the 55+ community and something to challenge your mind and body.

Centres specifically for seniors:

  • Churchill Seniors Recreation Centre
  • Heron Road Community Centre
  • Kanata Seniors Centre
  • Nepean Seniors Recreation Centre

Check out the City of Ottawa’s Recreation eGuide online at or drop in at your local centre for a printed copy. You can even call and chat with our staff to find something that’s perfect for you.

This article was put together by Anita Findlay, Fitness Program Coordinator with the Churchill Seniors Recreation Centre.