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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.

CBC All in a Day Book Panel - August 2019

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Welcome to the recap of CBC’s All in a Day book panel. On August 6th, Ann Archer of the Ottawa Public Library, and Sean Wilson of the Ottawa Writers’ Festival discussed their picks for the month. If you missed them on the radio you can listen to the stream online

CBC All in a Day Book Panel - August 2019 by Cat_Biblio

Book recommendations from OPL's Ann Archer and Sean Wilson of the Ottawa International Writers Festival, presented monthly on CBC's All in a Day with Alan Neal.


The election writ hasn’t been dropped yet, but I am being deluged with political e-mails every day. So I thought it would be a nice respite to listen to the All in a Day book panel talk about reading for the beach. So it was a very unpleasant surprise when Sean Wilson started promoting global warming hysteria, recommending a collection of dystopian novellas about the world recovering climate catastrophe. This is his recommended beach reading?! Seriously. At least OPL’s Ann Archer didn’t get into the act. Give it a break, please, at least until November.

Hello baldand,
The All in a Day Book Panel is meant to help Ottawans discover something new to read. The recommendations are made by two people who do a lot of reading, and they touch on a different subject matter every month.