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  • Contactless Returns and Holds Pickup Service at OPL


    OPL offers contactless returns and holds pickup service at select branches, during new hours of operation. 

    • RETURNS will be accepted only during hours of operation, no appointment necessary. Due dates for currently checked out materials have been extended and late fees suspended. 
    • HOLDS PICKUP: As of July 27, appointments are no longer needed to pick up holds, except at Rosemount (temporary location). You can pick up your available holds during opening hours at branches offering contactless service.    
    • Rosemount (temporary location) will offer curbside service starting Monday, July 27. Holds pickups are by appointment only at this location. 
    • UPDATE: Starting Monday, August 17, additional in-person services will be offered at select branches and new branch locations will reopen. Find out more.

    Masks are required to be worn inside Ottawa Public Library branches, as per the Temporary Mandatory Mask By-law. 
    For information about Library cards, virtual programs, and more, contact InfoService by phone or email. 


It's National Volunteer Week! THANK YOU!


Thank you so much to all our volunteers for all their hard work and dedication!  We very much appreciate the efforts of volunteers from our partner organizations that help out with conversation groups and Homework Help, including  Frontier College and the Nepean, Rideau and Osgoode Community Resource Centre - in addition to our direct Ottawa Public Library and Friends of the Ottawa Public Library volunteers.

If you are interested in volunteering with OPL, please see the listings on the City of Ottawa’s Volunteer Portal: For more information, contact your local branch or

Although it is National Volunteer Week, we appreciate our volunteers’ efforts all year round!