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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.

Freedom to Read Week 2019


It’s the second most wonderful time of the year, after Library Month (in October).

It’s Freedom to Read Week from February 24 to March 1: an annual celebration of reading and access to books, stories, ideas and intellectual freedom!

Even in Canada, schools and public libraries are regularly asked to remove books, magazines or other items from their shelves and online collections.

Every year Freedom to Read Week invites Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom and access to information.

Join OPL in celebrating this important week for libraries and the role they play in an informed, democratic society.

See here for OPL’s statement regarding Intellectual Freedom.

Visit your local branch, check out displays of previously challenged works or find some new reads from our Read & Resist book list.

For more works, head over to the Freedom to Read Week website for their list of select works that were challenged in Canada.

Enjoy Freedom to Read Week and make OPL a part of your life every week.