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    OPL branches, Bookmobile stops and Homebound delivery services are closed until further notice. 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. 

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

March is Nutrition Month and we’re talking food!


Ottawa Public Library is offering food programs that focus on practical tips for healthy eating delivered by Registered Dietitians.   

Cooking for One or Two 

Who has the motivation to cook well when living alone?  This workshop will interest everyone, younger or older, who lives solo or with one other person.  Learn healthy cooking ideas:

  • How to create balanced meals that limit food waste
  • Tips for preparing meals for one or two people
  • Simple healthy meal ideas
  • Introduction to label-reading

Sunnyside, Wednesday, March 4, 6:30-7:30 pm
Centennial, Saturday, March 28, 2-3 pm

Healthy Eating as You Age 

Are you aware that your body’s nutrition needs change as you age?  Learn how to take control of your health through nutrition.  You will discover how certain foods play a role in gut health, bone health, chronic inflammation, and many other areas.  Come for a discussion!  This program is being offered in English and in French.  Check the details below.

Alta Vista, Monday, March 23, 2-3 pm
Carlingwood, Monday, March 30, 2-3 pm
Cumberland, Tuesday, March 24, 2-3 pm (en français)