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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.

If You Like Planet Earth, You'll Like These Animal Documentaries

3 images of animal documentaries that are in the blog list

3 images of animal documentaries in the blog listDo you enjoy watching animal documentaries like Planet Earth?  Well, good news because Planet Earth II is recently available at the Ottawa Public Library.  This is a popular title and you may have to wait on the holds list for a little while, so in addition to that great DVD, here is a selection of some other fascinating animal documentaries you may want to watch.  


With the development of technology, there are some truly remarkable footage of animals in the wild recorded in some unique ways such as Spy in the Wild and Frozen Planet.  Some of the documentaries like Frozen Planet also have segments after each episode that show some of the behind-the-scenes efforts required to get the footage, which is just as fascinating to watch as the actual episode.


Star narrators/hosts like Morgan Freeman, Daniel Craig, Robert Redford, Stephen Fry, David Tennant, Daniel Dae Kim, and of course the legendary, David Attenborough, enhance the viewing experience.  Frankly, if I see a nature documentary hosted by David Attenborough, I know it will be of the highest quality.  The titles in this list have several of these worth exploring including Madagascar : the land where evolution ran wild and The Life of Birds.


If you’re looking for something truly heartwarming, check out Nature's Miracle OrphansAnimal Reunions, or Animal Odd Couples.


If you prefer to watch in French, titles such as Frozen Planet, Earth, Life, Earth : one amazing day, IMAX Born to Be Wild = Nés Pour Etre Libres, Wild Canada = Le Canada Grandeur Nature, and One Life also include French options.  The documentary Yellowstone is in French.


All the DVDs in the list below are available for request at the Ottawa Public Library.  Click the link below for the full list.

Planet Earth by Cathy_Library

These are also fascinating animal and nature documentaries.