• 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. 


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Let’s Celebrate Family Literacy Day!



Family Literacy Day was created in 1999 by ABC Life literacy Canada. It’s a national initiative that takes place every January 27th to raise awareness about the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family. All it takes is 20 minutes a day to encourage reading and learning in children of all ages.


To celebrate that initiative, Ottawa Public Library invite you to Little Yarn Stories a live performance by Puzzle Theatre, Saturday, February 1, at 2 pm, at Les Lye Studio Theatre, Meridian Theatres @ Centrepointe. A few free activities will take place before and after the performance. Come and discover how easy it is to devote 20 minutes a day to family literacy. Reserve your free tickets online by clicking on the following link, places are limited: https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/2020-family-literacy-dayjourn%C3%A9e-de-lalphab%C3%A9tisation-familiale-2020



If you can't make it to the show, don't worry, the Library offers many resources for a great time with your family, both online and in branch, including access to eBooks and audiobooks with TumbleBooks and Overdrive, to the online encyclopedia Britannica, fun and informative video and audio with Just For Kids, NFB Campus or Curio.ca, fun math activities with Tumble Math. Explore the online kid zone on our website at https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/kid-zone. You can also borrow our Reading and Parents Programs packs or a Ready to Read backpack. We offer fabulous, year-round programming that promotes learning and the joy of reading. Look at our Programs and Events to find what’s happening                                                              

There's even more to discover at a branch near you! We wish you great (free!) discoveries with your family.


Photo Credits:

Ivan Stavrev, Puzzle Théatre

Emma Bauso from Pexels

Fun Family Read Aloud Books | Livres à lire à haute voix, pour rire en familleby cindy_program

Just a few of our favorite, visit your local branch to get more suggestions | Quelques uns de nos préférés, passez à votre succursale la plus proche pour d'autres suggestions.