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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.

Book Events this March: Inspiration and Laughter on Tap

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Do more than survive the throes of winter this month –  and thrive! Join Ottawa Public Library and its partners, Library and Archives Canada and Ottawa International Writers Festival, for two irresistible author events that will motivate you, delight you, and maybe even make you laugh out loud! 

On Monday, March 18, get inspired and learn how to embrace and use your uniqueness as a strength with the book launch of MISfit: Autistic. Gay. Immigrant. Changemaker, by Andreas Souvaliotis. MISfit is the extraordinary memoir of Souvaliotis, a successful social entrepreneur, whose differences made him an outsider for most of his life, until everything changed. This event will take place at 7 pm, in the Pellan Room at Library and Archives Canada.

On Wednesday, March 27, we are holding an evening with one of the most recognizable faces in Canadian comedy, Mark Critch, anchor and “roving reporter” of CBC’s flagship show, This Hour Has 22 Minutes. CBC’s Rosemary Barton will host a conversation with Mark about his acclaimed memoir, Son of a Critch: A Childish Newfoundland Memoir, listed for the 2019 RBC Taylor Prize. It tells the hilarious story of family, getting into trouble, and finding one’s place in the world. This event will take place at 7 pm, in the Pellan Room at Library and Archives Canada. Spaces available on the waitlist only.

Both events are in English. Everyone is welcome. Admission is free. Tickets can be reserved online at