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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.

Get Your Summer Read On at the Ottawa Public Library!

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This summer, kids are invited to participate in the TD Summer Reading Club, to explore new passions and celebrate the magic of reading. Last year, more than 23,129 children registered for the TD Summer Reading Club at the OPL and read more than 280,975 books.

Check our programs database to find when your local branch will jumpstart TDSRC with a special day to “Get Your Summer Read On!” If your family cannot make it to a “Get Your Summer Read On Day,” registration to the TDSRC is available in person at any OPL branch starting Wednesday, June 13 until Sunday, September 2.

 TD Summer Reading Club participants will receive a notebook to track their progress, a web access code for the virtual online club on the TD Summer Reading Club website, stickers, and the chance to win prizes. We also offer program materials in alternative formats, such as audio or Braille, for children with print disabilities. Kids can participate in the TD SRC anytime, anywhere –at their local library, at home, online, on the road or wherever their summer takes them.

Children can also register for the TD Summer Reading Club in person in any OPL branch and can register for the programs online. During the summer, OPL branches across the city will offer programming featuring arts and crafts, dance, games, illusions, performing, science, music, stories, technology, and much more! 

The TDSRC website is a great resource for kids! Visit the website by clicking on this link.

Happy Summer Reading!



Each year I always do the summer reading club, and I love it.