Step 1: Contactless services inside most open branches


There are contactless services inside most of our 31 open branches, with strict capacity limits in place, as of June 14, 2021, except at Metcalfe Village, Orléans and Rosemount. This means:

  • Pick up holds and check them out at self-checkout stations.
  • Return borrowed items to book drops anytime.
  • Access to PCs, Chromebooks, and printing, where these are available.
  • No other services: no browsing, no washroom access.
  • Mask-wearing remains mandatory inside, and outside in line.

For details, go to Current Branch Services.

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Great news on sustainability and the OPL-LAC Joint Facility

Image of future OPL-LAC Joint Facility, view from Albert Street (rendering)

Great news for the Ottawa Public Library – Library and Archives Canada Joint Facility! A few weeks ago, in its Fall Economic Statement, the Government of Canada announced that it will provide funding that will support sustainability enhancements for a net zero carbon facility.

This funding will result in significant enhancements to the facility including:

  • upgraded building exterior and insulation;
  • triple-glazed windows;
  • solar panels on the building rooftop and imbedded in the building facade;
  • more sustainable building materials;
  • and a green wall on the interior of the facility.

The three project partners, Ottawa Public Library, Library and Archives Canada, and the City of Ottawa are proud that the joint facility will be an environmental leader and showcase of sustainable infrastructure design in Ottawa and across the country.

For details on this future landmark destination, visit

Take a virtual tour of the Town Hall of the OPL-LAC Joint Facility.