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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.

Instant Pot, Sushi, and Kombucha Workshops at the Library

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Just in time for holiday parties, potlucks, and family gatherings, Ottawa Public Library has some enticing food literacy programs to inspire you in the kitchen in the coming weeks!


Make your holiday meals easier by saving time and effort…with the Instant Pot! Join us for a live demo and Q&A during our special program: Instant Pot Holiday Edition, with author Daniel Shumski. All three programs will be in English, with a bilingual Q&A to follow. Registration is not required, though seating is limited. Seats will attributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Find all the Instant Pot programs


Wondering what to bring to your friend’s holiday potluck? Get things rolling by participating in our Sushi Making program with chef Chris Peters! Bring a friend along for this demonstration, and learn from chef Chris how to make two different types of sushi rolls. All six programs will be in English. Registration is required.

Find all the sushi making programs


If you are looking for creative DIY gifts to give this season, join us to learn how to make your own Kombucha, with Culture Kombucha workshops. Culture Kombucha will show you how to make your own kombucha at home plus how to bottle and flavour it in multiple ways. Each participant will get their own scoby kit, tea, and sugar (all the basic ingredients to get started). All six programs will be in English. Registration is required.

Find all the kombucha programs



These programs are offered as part of OPL’s award-winning food literacy program, à la carte. For more information on all our food literacy resources, visit the à la carte webpage.



Good morning,

Could the library add more dates for the Kombucha Workshop either this December or early 2019?


Olivia Yama

Hello Olivia!
Thank you for your comment. Please note that there are still spaces available for the kombucha workshop at Richmond branch tomorrow, Dec 4.:
Regarding your question about having more kombucha workshops in the future, there are no immediate plans to add more kombucha workshops, but we will certainly forward your comment to the Program Development department.