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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.

The Golden Tickets are back for Library Month

This image shows OPL's Golden Ticket and the fanny pack.

Hey Ottawa! October is Library Month and the Golden Tickets are back!


This month, we invite you to discover all that your Ottawa Public Library has to offer. You can borrow Express eBooks and musical instruments: you can stream classic movies or learn a new language online; you can read full-text daily newspapers and borrow the latest video games. We have it all and everything in between – for you, for everyone, for free.


Since it’s Library Month, we are making OPL even more fun than usual by hiding and giving away Golden Tickets in all of our branches and across the city!


So visit the branch nearest to you and keep your eyes peeled. Every Golden Ticket is redeemable for a beautiful, locally handmade fanny pack by EcoEquitable!


Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for clues and more!


We hope to see you in our branches and around the city throughout October – Library Month!