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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.

Make a Will – Law at the Library


November is Make a Will Month.  Learn about the importance of having a will and powers of attorney for you and your family. During Make a Will Month, lawyers who practice Trusts and Estate Law will speak at Ottawa Public Library branches about

  • the elements of a will
  • what happens if you don’t have one
  • what are powers of attorney
  • why they are important and special considerations to keep in mind when preparing your estate and care plans

Join us to learn how having a will and powers of attorney can help you and your family.   

Choose the date and location that works for you!  Registration recommended; drop-ins welcome. 

Thursday, November 1, 6:30-8:00 pm at Manotick Branch. Details and registration.
Saturday, November 3, 2:00-3:30 pm at Stittsville Branch. Details and registration.
Tuesday, November 6, 6:30-8:00 pm at Centennial Branch. Details and registration. 
Wednesday, November 14, 6:30-8:00 pm at Alta Vista Branch. Details and registration.
Saturday, November 17, 2:00-3:30 pm at Nepean Centrepointe Branch. Details and registration.
Wednesday, November 21, 6:30-8:00 pm at Rideau Branch. Details and registration.  
Thursday, November 29, 6:30-8:00 pm, Faire son testament in French at St-Laurent branch. Details and registration. 

These sessions are informational only and do not include legal advice.