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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.

Come Meet the MarketMobile and Ottawa Public Health


Come meet the Ottawa Public Library mini Bookmobile, MarketMobile and Ottawa Public Health for a fabulous MashUp!

As part of our Food Literacy Initiative, join us when the OPL mini Bookmobile meets up with the MarketMobile, a grocery store on wheels which travels around the city to locations where good, affordable fruits and vegetables are scarce. The MarketMobile accepts cash only and please bring a bag. For more information about their schedule visit their website. We will also be teaming up with Ottawa Public Health Community Food Advisors who will be providing interactive food demonstrations and cooking advice.

We'll be at the Bayshore Field House, 175 Woodridge Crescent on June 1st and August 10th from 3-5pm and Laroche Park in Mechanicsville on July 6th and September 14 from 3-5pm. We'll have cooking and gardening books, videos and magazines and more to whet your appetite!


Affordable Food for All/Cuisine Économique by sherry_library