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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.

The break to End All Breaks


Hello lovelies,

The countdown has begun. Every breath and step we take brings us closer to the moment we are all waiting for. March Break! The only thing keeping me going at this point is the promise of a week long break from school and homework and responsibilities and waking up early and running for the bus and not getting enough sleep and…. Just picture it. The thing I love the most about march break, apart from the whole no school thing obviously, is how much time I get to myself. It gives the opportunity to cross off more books from by TBR (to be read) list and to just better myself as a human being.

This march break I really want to visit the opl and attend some of the awesome programs they offer for teens during the march break.

The first program that I’m looking forward to attending is definitely Teens and Money. You know how we never learn anything actually practical in math, like when will I ever be walking down the street and need to remember the unit circle or the quadratic formula. This program actually teaches us skills we will need everyday for the rest of our lives, like how to budget and save money. I honestly redefine the term “broke” so hopefully this program will help me.

The second program is the Teen Cooking 101 seminar at 3pm on March 13th. The only thing I love more than books is food. Food is Life. Life is food. It’s as simple as that. So y’all know that I’m going to grab the opportunity to learn how to make quick and delicious meals for free. There are also Sushi workshops that only have a few spaces left!
Sushi Demo for Teens
As I mentioned earlier this march break I intend to read like I have never read before. Just me, and a book alone, together. The first book I plan on reading is A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah. J. Maas. I know, I know I’m probably the last person on earth to read this book and I apologize. From what I’ve heard the book is about a girl, named Feyre, who accidentally kills a wolf and she has to pay for it in more ways than one. She gets dragged off to a magical kingdom and learns that things are not always what they seem. I’ve had to listen to my friends rave about the hotness of the book and now I’ll finally be able to judge for myself. Don’t worry guys I’ll spill the tea on the book in my next post. Enjoy your March Break guys, make the absolute most of it. Signing off…..

Ottawa Public Library’s Teen Bloggers in Residence are fantastic teen volunteer writers from across the city. They blog about their favourite teen reads and authors, and get writing assignments to cover special teen events happening at the library. Their residency rotates throughout the year. Call-outs for upcoming terms are made through the Teen Blog.