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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. 


Escape Challenge: Harry Potter Part 2

A view of Hogwarts castle.


Are you ready for the second part of our Harry Potter digital escape room challenge?

Take a break from your routine and challenge your brain with these fun puzzles to solve the mystery of the hidden books of magic! Are they real, or are they just a rumour? What will you and Hermione find hidden in the closed library? Try the challenge by yourself, or compete with family or friends to see who solves the escape the fastest!

Remember to browse our online resources for more fun self-care options including eBooks and eAudiobooks for all ages, free streaming movies and music, and databases for everything from language-learning (including Mango Languages) to how-to video-lessons (on or on ToutApprendre) to international cooking (AtoZ World Food) and more!

If you don’t have a library card, or if your card has expired, call our InfoService line at 613-580-2940 to set yourself up with a temporary card or update your account.


Now, are you ready to try the escape?


For more escape challenges, please consult our master list! 


Blog post and escape room contributed by Anna B. from our Cumberland branch.