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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.

Engage with the architects designing the new OPL – LAC joint facility


You are invited to share your inspiration and insights with the architects who are designing one of the most exciting new public buildings in the heart of Ottawa: the joint facility shared between Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada. This latest engagement process, entitled the Inspiration Series, will include four themed phases of public workshops, pop-up events, expert lectures, and national online consultation activities. All information is available at

Phase 1: Building Blocks

Registration is now open for the in-person design workshops on Building Blocks that will take place on:

  • Thursday, February 28, from 6 pm to 9 pm, at the Pellan Room, Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street.
  • Saturday, March 2, from 9 am to 12 noon, in Hall A, Nepean Sportsplex, 1701 Woodroffe Avenue (Free parking is available.)

You will hear from lead architect Don Schmitt about the various opportunities that arise from the site’s unique location and the current effervescence surrounding the evolving role of libraries in our City, our country, and our world. Workshop participants will be able to provide feedback on preliminary concepts to help shape and inspire the design of the shared facility that will be/contain/house OPL`s new central library when it opens in 2024.

Online engagement to gather input from OPL customers as well from other Canadians with ideas on the municipal-federal facility to be shared with Library and Archives Canada will go live March 1 for two weeks. Visit for further information and to participate.

The Inspiration Series also incorporates Indigenous consultation in parallel with the workshops in Ottawa. The two streams will converge and share knowledge to enrich and fulfill the engagement process.

The Inspiration Series will continue throughout 2019. Phase 1- Building Blocks will be followed by three later phases over the next few months:

Phase 2: Iconic Features and Sustainability

Phase 3: Creating a Landmark Destination

Phase 4: Finishing Touches and Details

Get involved! Help inspire our world-renowned architects as they begin to design an architecturally iconic national institution.