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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: Why not to mess with your sister



Welcome to another online escape challenge!

Weeks of being cooped up together can lead to tensions in a household, which is what has led to this latest escape, involving stolen cookies and e-learning sabotage. This escape is meant for players aged 12 and up, or for families. Try challenging your friends to play and see who escapes fastest!

Check out our online resources if you’re looking for new cookie-recipes to try (our Make Something section has lots of great links), or if you need databases or other help for your school work!

Ready for the escape? Let’s go!


For more escape challenges, please consult our master list! 


Blog post and escape challenge submitted by Anna B. of the Cumberland branch.