Provincial State of Emergency: Impact to OPL Services


OPL services have not been impacted by the provincial announcement on Tuesday, January 12. Curbside returns and holds pickup services will continue at open branches.

Hours of operation will remain the same for most branches. Greely, North Gower, and Richmond branches will shift their hours to close by 8 p.m., and all Bookmobile stops will close by 8 p.m.

For details about current services, please visit this page.

HOLDS: If you cannot pick up your hold on time, please cancel it in your online account or contact Infoservice before the pickup date. 

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Latest Updates: OPL-LAC Joint Facility

Image of rendering of future Ottawa Public Library - Library and Archives Joint Facility

September already! Good news: the Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada Joint Project Team and architectural firms have continued their design work over the past few months.

Here is some of the latest news on the project:

  • Progress on the design of the OPL-LAC Joint Facility is being made: the focus is now moving to the interior materials and detailing of the interior spaces (“look and feel”).
  • The colours and textures from natural elements are also inspiring the interior design of the Joint Facility. For example:
    • the colours from the sunset over the Ottawa River may inform the accent walls.
    • the escarpment, the river and its textures may inform the materials used for the floors and furniture, to create a textured effect, reminiscent of nature.
  • Acoustics has been a major focus throughout the development of the design. The project team is working with acousticians to implement measures and use technology to provide quiet spaces, as well as amplified acoustics for the multi-purpose space.
  • Three general contractors have been short-listed for the construction of the shared facility: EllisDon, PCL and Pomerleau. The three companies will be invited to submit proposals for preparatory work (shoring, digging and remediation of the site) which is expected to begin this fall. Read more here.
  • The building will comply with the City of Ottawa’s Bird Friendly Design Guidelines. These guidelines are expected to be released later this year. Learn more about the steps taken for the shared facility.
  • The Design Team has met with local Algonquin Anishinabe communities throughout the design process. The relationship with the Algonquin people has been extremely important and the new Joint Facility has been designed with their direction and contributions. In the coming weeks, the project team will also engage with local Ottawa urban Indigenous community members and national Indigenous organizations. The project team will host three videoconference sessions and an online survey to get feedback on how to weave other First Nations, Inuit, Metis cultural elements into the design, services and programming. With this additional feedback, the design will continue to be refined and the Joint Facility Project Team plans to unveil updated renderings in early 2021.

Stay tuned!

For details on this future landmark destination, visit

Take a virtual tour of the Town Hall of the OPL-LAC Joint Facility.


When it comes to the library, location,location ,location is not the be-all to end-all.
Acoustics, Acoustics, Acoustics are!
When doing research, you actually have to give preference to the voice in your own head. So it cannot be competing with outside noises.
Best to avoid high-traffic areas, having a librarian`s desk in the same postal code or on the flight path to the washrooms. Nearness to children not acceptable.
If all else fails, perhaps you could consider a similar design to that of the ``Cone of Silence``used on the tv show Get Smart. It proved rather effective.
In essence, the library needs to be as quiet as your own home.
Thank you for including this most important consideration that can make or break a trip to the library!
Respectfully submitted.