• 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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Food Literacy




The Ottawa Public Library’s food literacy project, à la carte, is sponsoring this project in partnership with Growing Futures, a social enterprise developed by the Parkdale Food Centre. À la carte brings together local partners to offer programs, activities and events that raise awareness about how we are connected to the food we grow and eat.

Centennial branch is happy to be included in this initiative as well as working with students from Bell High School who help weekly with various tasks associated with the Grow Tower, everything from regular maintenance to planting and then harvesting the crops.

Produce is picked up by https://famsac.ca/  a Bells Corners foodbank.

Last week Bell High students planted seeds and already the first leaves are up. Next week we should be ready to put the seedlings into the Grow Tower. We have a variety of salad greens, a couple of Tiny Tim tomatoes and for the first time two nasturtiums- edible flowers.

If you see us tending the garden when you stop by Centennial branch please say Hello, we love hearing gardening stories.