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  • New Curbside Returns and Holds Pick Up Service begins in June


    OPL will offer a new Curbside Returns and Holds Pick Up service at six branch locations: Main, Nepean Centrepointe, Cumberland, Beaverbrook, Greenboro, Ruth E. Dickson, during new hours of operation.

    • On Monday, June 8, these locations will begin accepting returns; and,
    • On Monday, June 15, holds pick up by appointment will start.

    Find the details of this new curbside service here.

    All OPL branches and Bookmobile stops remain closed to the public.

    • Due dates for currently checked out materials have been extended and late fees suspended.
    • All book drops remain closed.

    For information about Library cards, virtual programs, and more, contact  InfoService by phone or email
    from Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm.

Author Visits On the Menu this Fall


A compelling fall awaits book lovers across the city! This October, the Ottawa Public Library is hosting innovative and exciting literary events in collaboration with terrific partners.

On Saturday, October 13, OPL and its partners, Library and Archives Canada, and Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, invite everyone to Bingo littéraire Kwahiatonhk, a literary show and interactive game that showcases Indigenous literature in a festive and humorous atmosphere. Bingo littéraire Kwahiatonhk is in French only and will take place at Bistro Marcil Lavallée at La Nouvelle Scène Gilles Desjardins (333 King Edward Avenue), at 2 pm. Tickets are free, everyone is welcome! 

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On Saturday, October 20, OPL, Library and Archives Canada, and the Ottawa International Writers Festival invite you to the launch of Atelier, local chef Marc Lepine’s debut cookbook. This event takes place on International Chefs Day, and will be held at 4 pm in the beautiful Pellan Room, at Library and Archives Canada. The presentation by Marc Lepine will be in English, followed by a bilingual Q&A. Everyone is welcome to this free even!

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And finally, on Saturday, October 27, OPL and the Ottawa International Writers Festival host First Person with Darrel J. McLeod and Tom Wilson; two remarkable writers whose memoirs explore the ongoing impact of colonialism. J.F. Martel will host the discussion with former executive director of Education and International Affairs of the Assembly of First Nations Darrel J. McLeod, author of Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age; and with three-time Juno winning Canadian musician Tom Wilson, the author of Beautiful Scars: Steeltown Secrets, Mohawk Skywalkers and the Road Home. This English event is free, and takes place at 4 pm, at Christ Church Cathedral (414 Sparks Street).

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