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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.

Cozy Week at the Main Branch: Get Hygge With It!


Out and about downtown Ottawa for Winterlude, and in need of a warm-up? Join us at the Main Branch for COZY WEEK!


Throughout the week from Saturday, February 10 to Saturday, February 17, we are offering activities perfect for a little downtime by the fire. Three zones in the branch have been designated for these low-stress, no-pressure activities – drop by any time, give your skates a rest, and unwind!


Activities include:

  • A variety of boardgames to use in-branch, including chess, checkers, and crokinole;

  • A fully-stocked colouring station (for grown-ups, too!) with colouring books, pages, and colouring supplies;

  • Crossword puzzles;

  • Selected books on all things cozy;

  • Crafternoon: knit along with Norwegian Slow TV (bring your own knitting/crochet/embroidery project while you watch Norwegians knit from sheep-to-sweater!);

  • A paint-along with Bob Ross (We’ll provide the supplies and the inspiration, episodes of “The Joy of Painting” with Bob Ross will provide the encouragement! Please note that registration is required for this limited-space event);

  • Winter Listening Party featuring Adam Gopnik’s acclaimed Massey Lecture on “Winter” (bring along some colouring/knitting/sketchpads to keep your hands busy while you listen!)


We will also be featuring some cozy children’s programming! Drop by the children’s section for:

  • Cozy Bilingual Babytime (stories, rhymes and songs for babies 0-18 months) Tuesday,  2:00 - 2:30 pm, Feb 13;

  • Snuggle Family Storytime (Stories, rhymes & songs for children of all ages & a parent or caregiver) Thursday, 10:15 - 10:45 a.m. February 15;

  • Music and Mindfulness Storytime (Stories and songs to encourage mindfulness and movement for kids of all ages) Bring your own mat or towel! Saturday, 11:00 - 11:30 a.m.  Feb 17


So come by the Main Branch all week from February 10-17 to take off the chill and enjoy these low-key, cozy activities!