• 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. 


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Discover the scientist in you!


Science Literacy Week, which runs from September 19 to 25, 2016, is a nationwide celebration of the amazing world of science. Museums, schools and libraries across the country are planning lectures and workshops for families to learn about and have fun with science.

Come visit us and take part in our activities.

Start your week by connecting with other science fiction lovers through Nepean Centrepointe's Science Fiction Book Group on Monday. Activate your neurons, on Wednesday, by attending one of the Science Cafés hosted at the Sunnyside branch. Come pass your 3D printer and Laser Cutter Certification and make something fabulous at Imagine Space. While you're there, check out our telescope!

For the young scientists, we have fun workshops planned. They can discover the science behind basic magic tricks with Mad Science or learn fascinating facts about migratory  fish with students from Carleton University. They can also explore energy with Canadian Science and Technology Museum Corporation staff through hands on demonstrations and activities. And our mini scientists at St-Laurent branch will put their problem solving skills to the test in a special storytime delivered by the Canada Science and Technology Museum.

Teens can also connect with their geek side by attending our Teen Coding Club at the Beaverbrook branch.

If you want to bring science home with you, the week's creator, Jesse Hildebrand, put together lists of the best scientific booksblogs and podcasts for you to explore. Here are some suggestions for the children:

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Science literacy week - Semaine de la culture scientifique