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  • Contactless Returns and Holds Pickup Service at OPL


    OPL offers contactless returns and holds pickup service at select branches, during new hours of operation. 

    • RETURNS will be accepted only during hours of operation, no appointment necessary. Due dates for currently checked out materials have been extended and late fees suspended. 
    • HOLDS PICKUP: As of July 27, appointments are no longer needed to pick up holds, except at Rosemount (temporary location). You can pick up your available holds during opening hours at branches offering contactless service.    
    • Rosemount (temporary location) will offer curbside service starting Monday, July 27. Holds pickups are by appointment only at this location. 
    • UPDATE: Starting Monday, August 17, additional in-person services will be offered at select branches and new branch locations will reopen. Find out more.

    Masks are required to be worn inside Ottawa Public Library branches, as per the Temporary Mandatory Mask By-law. 
    For information about Library cards, virtual programs, and more, contact InfoService by phone or email. 


Christmas in July – New items are here!

shelf of new books

It is wonderful to see all the shiny new library items coming inand doubly exciting now that holds can be placed on them. We are hard at work getting everything into the system magazines, DVDs, books for all ages (including beautiful picture books!) and tastes (the most gorgeous cookbooks you can imagine), video games to mention only a few of the hundreds of new items added to the OPL collection.   

I don’t know about you, but I have been waiting to request a few titles, especially one by an author I follow who is finally releasing new books after a six-year hiatus. The books are still not released from the publisher yet, but my name is now on the list!  

To find out what titles we have ordered, you can click on “Browseon the homepage menu, then “New Titles” in the Explore column on the left. There, you can pick new reads from the covers featured on screen or scroll down for more precision in what you would like to read. So, you can pick one of the freshest Teen novels, browse the Non-Fiction offerings, and then see what new picture books have been added to the collection. Most Fiction in Adult, Teen and Children as well as Non-Fiction in the Adult category have been subdivided into “Just Arrived” and “On Order”. If you are looking for new books the Library has right now, “Just Arrived” is the section you want to browse as “On Order” is for future releases Since everyone is currently limited to 20 holds (in order to manage the flow now that there is no browsing the physical shelves) anything you request that is on order will take up a spot, so keep this in mind. You can always keep track of future releases on your “For Later Shelf” and activate the hold at a time when you are ready. 

New books – it's like Christmas in July, or an un-birthday but much, much better!! 

For more information on how the Holds service works at the moment: