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  • 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. 


Genealogy in the Summer


Are you wanting to learn more about the new tools for exploring the mysteries of your ancestry?  Join us for two exciting Genealogy events happening in August in Ottawa.

DNA and Online Resources for Discovering Your Lost Family History
On Thursday, August 8, 9:30 am – 4 pm, at Ben Franklin Place, come to a free full-day of speakers discussing DNA and online resources.  Free event; register at Eventbrite.  

The Speakers: 

  • Daniel Horowitz, MyHeritage Treasure Trove: An overview of features for family research, and Integrating DNA and Family History Research at MyHeritage   Daniel is chief genealogist at MyHeritage, the world’s fastest-growing genealogy social network.  Daniel is a Venezuelan-born genealogist living in Israel.  Computer engineer and linguist, he applies his training to his genealogical passion.
  • Leanne Cooper, The Wonders of WikiTree: Collaborative Genealogy and DNA  Leanne is a frequent local speaker with roots mostly in New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and back to the UK.
  • Lesley Anderson, Secrets & Shenanigans: How AncestryDNA was used in an unexpected mystery  Lesley has worked for for over 11 years as their Canadian spokesperson and has been involved in the personal research of her family tree for over 50 years.

Ottawa Public Library is offering this event in partnership with the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) and the Ottawa Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. 

This program is in English. 

Can’t make this big event?  Then join us for an in-depth Genome Mate Pro Workshop on Saturday, August 17, at 2 pm at Nepean Centrepointe Branch.