• 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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Entertain yourself with the best online content - week of August 3


As we’re all practicing physical distancing, Ottawa Public Library has been posting daily ideas of online content to help you make the most of your time at home.  


Here's a list of our top 5 live events this week. 


  1. On Friday August 7th at 4:30 PM, watch a live discussion with award-winning author Madeleine Thien

  1. Join authors Cory Doctorow and James Witt for a discussion on the future of public transportation on Tuesday August 4th at 7 PM.  

  1. Learn how to make royal icing and decorate cookies on Sunday August 9th at 12PM.  

  1. Learn how to create your own comic with comic creator Patty Boyd on Friday August 7th at 4PM.  

  1. Attend a Celtic themed concert with Fridge Full of Empties on Wednesday August 5th at 7 PM.  

Have you seen any other events or programs? Tell us in the comments!