• 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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Like Firefox? Try this plugin for catalogue searches


Are you a Firefox fan? An enterprising library user has created a handy search add-on for searching our catalogue that can be added directly to Firefox’s search bar. You can install the plugin at this address: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/opl/.

Barry Friedman, a software developer and avid library user in Ottawa, wrote the utility to make searching for books more efficient. One of the handiest features of his plugin is the ability to highlight a book title on any webpage, right click, and immediately search to see if the library has it. (This will work when OPL search is set as the default in the browser.) “This has saved me a lot of time and does not break the flow when you come across a title in a web page that you may want to find in the library,” he says.

Friedman notes that the plugin, his first for Firefox, was fully vetted through the process of contributing it to the plugin repository, a procedure he says was quite strict but completed in just a few hours. Previously he had written another script to colour-code his check out list, which worked with the old Lirico catalogue.

We’re always happy to hear from library users who turn their ingenuity to creating helpful apps like this. Do you have one you’d like to share? Let us know!