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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.

Celebrating Cultures and in Our Community


Join us for fun events to celebrate some of the different cultures that make up Ottawa’s diverse communities.  OPL is offering programs throughout the last two weeks of June at many different branches.  All are welcome, newcomers, families, children, teens.  Celebrating Cultures in our Community is a series of programs across the city at various branches, in conjunction with the Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership’s Welcoming Ottawa Week. This year the Library is offering dancing, music, songs, storytelling, crafts, and food tasting to bring experiences of different cultures to the Ottawa community, both indigenous cultures and those of newcomer communities. Come to experience a new culture, come to enjoy a familiar culture! Come to share your culture!  All the programs below are drop-in (except one) and all are free!

Also come during the month of June to Main Branch to enjoy a special exhibit Canada: Day One. This exhibit was produced in collaboration with the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in Halifax. The photos and stories explore the experiences of newcomers, from the first day of their arrival in Canada to how Canada became their home, from 1867 to the present day:  

  • Day One:  accounts of immigrants’ first day experiences
  • Arrival:  photos of their arriving in Canada
  • Encounters:  highlights of immigrants’ experiences meeting new people, encountering different landscapes, different authorities
  • Finding Your Way:  challenges new immigrants and refugees face as they attempt to navigate their way into Canada

Tastes and Sounds of the Middle East

Tastes of the Middle East

Latin American Music with Colores Andinos

Henna Art

Yamo! Yamo!

Conte Wapiti l’orphelin et la Calebase (in French)

Make an Inukshuk Wall Hanging (registration required)

African Stories, Songs, Drumming, and Dance