Current In-Person Services


OPEN BRANCHES: 22 of our branches and the Bookmobile are currently open for modified services at this time.

Additional branches will reopen for contactless returns and holds pickup in the fall and early winter. Details:

HOURS AND LOCATIONS: for current branch hours.

BOOKMOBILE: for the current Bookmobile stops schedule.

MANDATORY: Masks are required to be worn inside Ottawa Public Library branches, as per theTemporary Mandatory Mask By-law. Customers who are not wearing masks will not be allowed inside branches. Exceptions apply for people with medical exemptions.

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Bringing the Past into the Future : Celebrate Heritage Month at OPL


2020 has arrived; the beginning of a new decade brings a sense of optimism for the future. That said, it’s important to celebrate Ontario’s rich heritage. Long before Confederation, the province started burgeoning an identity of its own.

OPL celebrates Ontario’s heritage during the month of February. Come to hear legends and tales that bring to life the National Capital Region’s rich history. From February 8 to February 22, Colette Laplante from Ottawa StoryTellers will enchant you with her stories for children and for adults. Step back in time with her fun tales, which she compliments with her costumes.   Colette will be joining us at four of branches: Hazeldean, Ruth E. Dickinson, St-Laurent and Sunnyside.

Overview of events

Bytown Tales

Stories of colourful characters and events from Ottawa’s exciting history! Colette Laplante of Ottawa StoryTellers will regale you with tales both thrilling and humorous.

Family program, ages 7 and up.

Stories and Legends from Canada’s Capital

Join Colette Laplante of Ottawa StoryTellers for tales about Ottawa’s past that will intrigue and thrill you. You will see Ottawa through a new light!

Program for adults