Step 1: Contactless services inside most open branches


There are contactless services inside most of our 31 open branches, with capacity limits in place, as of June 14, 2021, except at Metcalfe Village, Orléans and Rosemount. This means:

  • Holds can be picked up on shelves and checked out at self-checkout stations.
  • Borrowed items can be returned via book drops anytime.
  • Access to PCs, Chromebooks, and printing, where these are available.
  • Hours of operation remain the same, except at Osgoode.
  • Mask-wearing remains mandatory inside, and outside in line.

For details, go to Current Branch Services.

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Celebrate Family Literacy Day with Propeller Dance!

Celebrate Family Literacy Day with Propeller Dance!

January 27 is Family Literacy Day, a national awareness initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada. All across Canada, events are organized to celebrate the joy of reading and learning as a family. 

This year again the Ottawa Public Library will take part in the celebrations. Join us for a bilingual music and dance performance by Propeller Dance to be held at the Richcraft Theatre, Shenkman Arts Centre on Sunday, January 27, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Reserve your free tickets here! 

The Library supports family literacy year round with a variety of free programs and events. Furthermore, we invite you to sing, read, and play in the comfort of your home with our diverse collections of books, music, movies magazines and more for youth. Check our kids’ zone to discover everything we have to offer. We also invite you to borrow our Reading and Parents Program packs perfect for reading and learning together.