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  • Contactless Returns and Holds Pickup Service at OPL


    OPL is offering contactless returns and holds pickup service at select branches, during new hours of operation. Find the details of this new service and branch opening dates here.

    • 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 PICKUPS are by appointment only. Make an appointment here.

    In accordance with Ottawa Public Health directive, please wear a mask when entering a branch.

    For information about Library cards, virtual programs, and more, contact  InfoService by phone or email.

Forget-me-Not : Ressources and Programs on Dementia


A consistent and familiar routine is extremely important for people living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Care partners also rely on support from community care visits, day programs, and regularly scheduled activities. It’s like a house of cards because any change in what’s expected can be very challenging for everyone. 

Enter Covid-19; a worldwide pandemic, and the delicate structure becomes shaky, at best.

The branches of the Ottawa Public Library are dementia-friendly public spaces where many of our staff have training in identifying and supporting our customers who struggle with the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

During Seniors Month, we’re extending that warm welcome online to offer a virtual Memory Café program. These social gatherings will be casual and informal, including games and reminiscing that might spark memories and conversations, and a light-hearted story will be read aloud. Registration includes 3 weekly sessions. The registration is for both the person with dementia and their care partner together.

Please join us for a presentation by Dr. Frank Knoefel based on his research with the Bruyère Memory Clinic and the use of technology to facilitate aging in place.

Visit the following links for more information from the Ottawa Public Library, the Dementia Society and the Alzheimer’s Society. 


  • Watch streaming videos from the lists linked here on the subject of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, available online through the Ottawa Public Library website.


Please reach out to the Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew, if you need more support during the pandemic or at any time.

This blog post was contributed by Tracy Facchin, Stittsville Branch and Program Development.