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  • 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. 


Entertain yourself with the best online content - week of July 6th


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. Learn how to paint a beautiful sunset during a free virtual paint nite, on July 7 at 7 PM!  

  1. On Tuesday July 7th at 12 PM, join Michael Mirolla and The League of Canadian Poets for a special live stream reading on the subject of quarantine and writing. Michael Mirolla is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, playwright, and poet. Michael describes his fiction as a mix of magic realism, surrealism, speculative fiction and meta-fiction. 

  1. Get inspired, rejuvenated, and motivated by TOM Storytelling Hour’s storytellers! July 12 at 4 PM.  

  1. Get relaxed, reset and balanced in a free meditation workshop happening on July 9 at 7 PM.  

  1.  Need a mood booster? Want to meet some people? Need some silly fun? On July 7 at 7 PM, The Improv Embassy is hosting a workshop for you! It's a fun, supportive (online!) environment where we'll play some games and have some laughs.  
    Never tried improv before? No worries! Improv is a type of theatre where nothing is written down, and everything is made up on the spot. It's a lot easier than it sounds and we always have a good time :) Plus, improv can help everyone and anyone get better at public speaking, get you out of your comfort zone and kick-start your creativity. 

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