Provincial State of Emergency: Impact to OPL Services


OPL services have not been impacted by the provincial announcement on Tuesday, January 12. Curbside returns and holds pickup services will continue at open branches.

Hours of operation will remain the same for most branches. Greely, North Gower, and Richmond branches will shift their hours to close by 8 p.m., and all Bookmobile stops will close by 8 p.m.

For details about current services, please visit this page.

HOLDS: If you cannot pick up your hold on time, please cancel it in your online account or contact Infoservice before the pickup date. 

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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