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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.

Introducing the BiblioBike!

A librarian with the BiblioBike at Minto Park. Une bibliothécaire avec la BiblioVélo au parc Minto.

This summer we are cycling the library to you! Here at the Main Branch we’ve recently employed our DIY skills to build a modular mini-library display that travels on a bicycle trailer. The design and construction were completed in partnership with the Ottawa Tool Library, a local non-profit organization operating out of Makerspace North. The OPL BiblioBike | BPO BiblioVélo will be cycled to downtown community events and spaces to spread the reach of library services. Staff will share library resources, do card registrations, and check out materials to account holders. Ask us how to download e-books on your phone, or sign up for a free account!

Construction of the BiblioBike at the Ottawa Tool Library

We have many enthusiastic cyclists on the staff team at the Main Branch. Staff are using the network of bicycle lanes to plan our BiblioBike routes through downtown. If you are looking for the best way to join us at any event, don’t forget you can consult the Cycling Map for Ottawa-Gatineau. We started the project with visits to Minto Park for Ravenswing Arts + Music Fair, and the Bronson Centre for Ottawa Zine Fest, and are ready to keep cycling all summer.

Keep track of the BiblioBike by following OPL on twitter. If you see us, share your experience and use the tag #OPLBiblioBike.

Look for us at these upcoming events:

GlowFair | Legacy Block, Bank St between Gloucester & Nepean
Friday June 17th, BiblioBike visit 6 pm - 8 pm

Solstice Celebration | Dundonald Park
Sunday June 19th, BiblioBike visit 11 am – 2 pm

Just For Cats Video Festival | Dundonald Park
Saturday June 25th, BiblioBike visit 6:30 pm - 9 pm


This was 2016. What is the 2017 schedule?