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  • UPDATE – Provincial announcement regarding public libraries and pickups


    We greatly appreciate the Province’s announcement that as part of the first phase of reopening libraries can begin to offer pick-up or delivery of materials. 

    There is a lot of work to do be able to offer these services while ensuring the safety of our employees and our customers. Our plan to resume our physical services needs to account for physical distancing requirements, provision of personal protective equipment, enhanced sanitary controls, and new protocols for employees and customers. We are working on offering holds pick-ups as soon as we can safely do so.  

    We will be communicating all new developments in our service offering to you on all our platforms, as soon as we have updates. 

    Thank you for your patience as we move through this rapidly evolving situation. 


    OPL branches, Bookmobile stops and Homebound delivery services are closed until June 30, 2020. The closure is in response to advice from Ottawa Public Health (OPH) with regards to COVID-19 (coronavirus) for the health and safety of our community. We will continue to monitor the situation and reassess as the situation evolves. Currently, please note:  

    • Due dates for all currently checked out materials have been extended and late fees suspended.
    • Book drops are not available since branches are closed. Hold on to OPL items and return them when branches reopen. 
    • Holds are suspended, and pick up expiry dates extended. This includes interlibrary loans (ILL).
    • Meeting room rentals are cancelled, and fees are being refunded; and
    • Computer bookings, programs, events and outreach activities are cancelled.
    • Expired cards, or those about to expire, have been extended. 

    You can use the Library online:

    We thank you for your patience and support, and we look forward to seeing you online and in person again soon.

Fraud Prevention Month


How much do you really know about fraud?  Do you feel confident you know how to recognize it? Around 35% of Canadians say they’ve been victims of mass marketing fraud.  During the month of March,  join us at the Library to learn how to recognize fraud, how to protect yourself against fraud, and what to do when you feel you are a victim of fraud.  Join Ottawa Police Community police officers, representatives from the Competition Bureau Canada, Chartered Professional Accountants, and the Credit Counselling Society at the various sessions.   Find out details below.  

Fraud Protection for Seniors real-life examples of what criminals want, how to be prepared, and what steps to take to be in control
Wednesday, March 6, 6:30-8:00 pm at Ruth E. Dickinson Branch. Details and registration.
Thursday, March 21, 6:30-8:00 pm at Carlingwood Branch. Details and registration. 
Monday, March 25, 6:30-8:00 pm at Alta Vista Branch. Details and registration. 

Cautious Consumerism How to recognize scams and identity theft
Thursday, March 7, 2:30-4:00 pm at Hazeldean Branch. Details and registration. 
Thursday, March 21, 7:00-8:30 pm at Greenboro Branch. Details and registration.

Commons Scams Join a Community Police Officer for a discussion on how to recognize many types of scams 
Wednesday, March 20, 12:00-1:00 pm at Main Branch.  Details.
Wednesday, March 27, 6:30-8:00 pm at Elmvale Acres Branch.  Details and registration. 
Thursday, March 28, 3:00-4:00 pm at Osgoode Branch.  Details and registration.

La prévention de la fraude / Fraud prevention Une discussion bilingue avec des experts du Bureau de la concurrence Canada  / Join a discussion by experts from the Competition Bureau Canada
Thursday, March 21, 10 30-11:30 am at St-Laurent Branch. Details and registration.