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  • UPDATE – Provincial announcement regarding public libraries and pickups


    We greatly appreciate the Province’s announcement that as part of the first phase of reopening libraries can begin to offer pick-up or delivery of materials. 

    There is a lot of work to do be able to offer these services while ensuring the safety of our employees and our customers. Our plan to resume our physical services needs to account for physical distancing requirements, provision of personal protective equipment, enhanced sanitary controls, and new protocols for employees and customers. We are working on offering holds pick-ups as soon as we can safely do so.  

    We will be communicating all new developments in our service offering to you on all our platforms, as soon as we have updates. 

    Thank you for your patience as we move through this rapidly evolving situation. 


    OPL branches, Bookmobile stops and Homebound delivery services are closed until June 30, 2020. The closure is in response to advice from Ottawa Public Health (OPH) with regards to COVID-19 (coronavirus) for the health and safety of our community. We will continue to monitor the situation and reassess as the situation evolves. Currently, please note:  

    • Due dates for all currently checked out materials have been extended and late fees suspended.
    • Book drops are not available since branches are closed. Hold on to OPL items and return them when branches reopen. 
    • Holds are suspended, and pick up expiry dates extended. This includes interlibrary loans (ILL).
    • Meeting room rentals are cancelled, and fees are being refunded; and
    • Computer bookings, programs, events and outreach activities are cancelled.
    • Expired cards, or those about to expire, have been extended. 

    You can use the Library online:

    We thank you for your patience and support, and we look forward to seeing you online and in person again soon.

Lily's "R.E.A.D.-tirement" from Service

Megan, Lily and Mary Jane Mafini

Last Saturday [February 23rd] the Manotick Branch Library wrapped up this winter program with the Ottawa Therapy Dogs' Read Education Assistance Dogs (or R.E.A.D.) program.  We had had full attendance of our four young participants, who read to Lily, a lovely dachshund who enjoyed the stories read to her, especially when they were about dogs.  Her human partner, well-known mystery writer Mary Jane Maffini, was pleased with the attendees and left us with a bittersweet note: Lily was retiring and this was her last program.  After thirteen (human) years, she will enjoy her post-career actvities with her sister in the care of Mary Jane.  Lily can rest easy knowing that she had brought joy and confidence in many a young reader.

Please note: in spite of Lily's departure, there are still programs that come up in the Ottawa Public Library involving reading with therapy dogs.  To find a program, click on our Programs and Events menu item, select Find a Program or Event and search for "read' and "dog".  As of this blog post there are two branches giving these programs this Spring [2019]: Ruth E Dickinson Branch in Barrhaven and Stittsvile.  Registration is required.