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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.

Digital Inclusion Week


The Ottawa Public Library invites you to enjoy various free events for people of all ages as we celebrate Digital Inclusion Week from May 5th to May 12. The goal of Digital Inclusion Week is to promote online access and technology skill building in an effort to reduce digital disparities in our communities.

We are also honoured to present a special program, Seeing the Internet, on Monday, May 7th, featuring Shuli Hallak, professional photographer and Executive Director of the Internet Society, New York Chapter, who will showcase breathtaking photographs which depict the basics of internet infrastructure and allow us to make informed decisions for ourselves and our collective communities online. Offered in partnership with National Capital Freenet.

OPL is also welcoming another speaker offering insight into the complexities of the digital world, Dr. Sonia Chiasson from the School of Computer Science at Carleton University. On Wednesday, May 9, Dr. Chiasson will present Staying Safe Online: Exploring Cyber Threats and Protection Strategies, a talk that explores how online users' actions do not necessarily reflect their desire for security and how the configuration of online security systems may actually weaken internet security in practice. OPL promotes developing not only an understanding of how to use digital tools and technology, but how to do so safely and securely.

Take a look at the list below, there’s everything from basic computer help, getting started with social media, fun with a green screen, 3D printing and coding, and a robotics workshop!  


Saturday May 5th

10:30 a.m. Technobuddies, Carlingwood branch, 281 Woodroffe

10 a.m. Vanier Open House / Portes ouvertes Vanier , Vanier branch, 310 Pere Blanc


Monday May 7th

4 p.m. Teen Coding Club  Beaverbrook branch, 2500 Campeau

6 p.m.  Windows Performance Tune-Up Carlingwood branch, 281 Woodroffe

6:30 p.m. Seeing the Internet with Shuli Hallack - The Impact Hub, 123 Slater, 6th floor


Tuesday May 8th

10 a.m. Guide to Computers and the Internet for Older Adults Main branch, 120 Metcalfe

2 p.m. 3D Printer and Laser Cutter Certification Nepean Centrepointe branch, 101 Centrepointe

3 p.m. Teen Videogames Beaverbrook branch, 2500 Campeau Dr.

7 p.m.  Introduction to Cumberland branch, 1599 Tenth Line


Wednesday May 9th

10 a.m. Introduction to Basic Searching Main branch, 120 Metcalfe

2 p.m. La fraude informatique et les escroqueries St-Laurent branch, 515 Cote

6 p.m. Introduction to iOS Devices Carlingwood branch, 281 Woodroffe

7 p.m. Staying Safe Online: Exploring Cyber Threats and Protection Strategies Stittsville branch, 1637 Stittsville main


Thursday May 10

4 p.m. Kids Coding Hour Beaverbrook branch, 2500 Campeau

6 p.m. Windows Performance Tune-up Sunnyside branch, 1049 Bank street

7:30 p.m. 3D Printer and Laser Cutter Certification Nepean Centrepointe, 101 Centrepointe


Saturday, May 12

10 a.m. Protecting Your Computer Main branch, 120 Metcalfe

1:30 p.m. Celebrate Scratch Day, Ruth E Dickinson, 100 Malvern


*Please note that some of these programs will require registration with a library card. Check the full event listing for more details and to register.

In addition to these programs, don’t forget that you can get support for your Computers and Wireless needs at the library any time we’re open. Or you can Make a Booking with one of our subject experts to get the one on one help you need. All 33 of our branches and our bookmobiles have free Wi-Fi that you can use with your library card and every branch always offers computers, printing, scanning, and photocopying.

With your library card, you have 24 hour access to our online resources like, where you can learn to use technology as well as creative and business skills. 


If that’s not enough, why not check out some of these other freely available resources online: where you’ll find self-directed computer tutorials in English and Spanish. is a Canadian not-for-profit that focuses on digital and media literacy for children, youth, and the adults that support them. Available in English and French. will give you free advice for your personal online security concerns. Currently only available in English.