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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. 


Lecture alert: a little classical music CPR from Alex Ross


Love or hate the New Yorker, whose arch tone is an acquired taste, the venerable magazine does host one of classical music's liveliest critics. Alex Ross, whose immensely readable books include The Rest Is Noise and, more recently, Listen to This, will be giving a talk at the National Arts Centre on February 13. 

Ross, who is all of 43 or so, takes the stuffing out of classical music pretensions and lends fresh ears to music for all tastes. (The subject of his talk is a genre-crossing look at descending bass lines and their link to expressions of sadness across nearly 1,000 years of music history.) He is brilliant at explaining the virtues of Radiohead to the blue-rinse set and the pleasures of Stockhausen to the cooler-than-thou rock crowd. In a 2004 manifesto, of sorts, on how classical music can live on, he named the iPod as its unlikely saviour:

On the iPod, music is freed from all fatuous self-definitions and delusions of significance. There are no record jackets depicting bombastic Alpine scenes or celebrity conductors with a family resemblance to Rudolf Hess. Instead, music is music. (Read the full article.)