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  • Contactless Returns and Holds Pickup Service at OPL


    OPL is offering contactless returns and holds pickup service at select branches, during new hours of operation. Find the details of this new service and branch opening dates here.

    • 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 PICKUPS are by appointment only. Make an appointment here.

    In accordance with Ottawa Public Health directive, please wear a mask when entering a branch.

    For information about Library cards, virtual programs, and more, contact  InfoService by phone or email.

Let's talk about Public Spaces


Residents of Barrhaven, how do you feel about our community? On any given day you might stop in at the library to pick up your holds, take your kids to a park, or get some groceries at the store, but have you stopped to think about how these public spaces function? Or have you considered how these places could do more? Through a partnership with Synapcity, the Ruth E. Dickinson branch is offering an opportunity to discuss our community and brainstorm areas for development. Join your neighbours at The Public Spaces Talk taking place Saturday July 13th at 10:15am. This program will feature conversation within the library as well as an exploration of our neighbourhood outdoors.  We encourage you to register for this event online, but we’ll be welcoming anyone interested to join the discussion the day of. If you’d like to start putting in thought about communities in the meantime, look below for a sampling of resources offered by the Ottawa Public Library.

Public Spaces and Communityby Amy_library_biblio

Resources to consider neighbourhoods, spaces, and the people who use them