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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La Francophonie on your couch!

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We have planned a nice surprise to celebrate Francophonie Month, a virtual show with Ariane DesLions. On March 20 at 3:30 pm, join Ariane and her fabulous sound machine to discover stories in song that will have the whole family dancing!   

At the Ottawa Public Library, we celebrate the Francophonie every month of the year with great programs! For March, be sure to join us for Croisée des mots with Soufiane Chakkouche on March 17 at 6:00 pm and a two-part creative writing workshop with Martine Batanian, the first part on March 27 at 1:30 pm. On March 30, at 7 pm, participate in Our Stories: Indigenous Book Club featuring Josephine Bacon. In April, our popular Tech café series will offer four sessions in French. You can visit our YouTube channel to discover youth and adult programs that have been recorded, including the Be Active at Home series. Be sure to check out our Facebook page where you will find more programs in the video section.  

Make yourself comfortable and take advantage of our online resources in French. Discover Toutapprendre, which allows you to learn about sewing, singing, programming, and more, or explore your ancestors in your pajamas with Généalogie Québec. Your OPL card also gives you access to French ebooks, digital audiobooks, animated children's books, online magazines, newspapers, and more.

To discover other French activities in Ottawa and elsewhere, visit the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie website:

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Célébrez la francophonie en vous en mettant plein la vue et les oreilles avec nos collections de livres, musique et films. Explorez-les en ligne et jetez un coup d'œil à nos ressources francophones accessibles en ligne dans le confort de votre foyer. Bon Mois de la Francophonie!


I'd like these books please, I'll pick up at Main branch

1. MASTERS OF MATHS, CAPTAIN X: HERE TO RESCUE YOU FROM TIMES TABLE TROUBLE - Author: Luke Bennetts and Samantha Barnes 2. 7 x 9 = TROUBLE!- Author: Claudia Mills 3. MULTIPLYING MENACE: THE REVENGE OF RUMPELSTILTSKIN- Author: Pam Calvert 4. THE LION'S SHARE: A TALE OF HALVING CAKE AND EATING IT TOO- Author: Matthew McElligott 5. THE FISHY FOUNTAIN- Author: Melinda Thielbar 6. MY FULL MOON IS SQUARE- Author: Elinor J. Pinczes 7. THE LOST KEY: A MYSTERY WITH WHOLE NUMBERS- Author: Melinda Thielb