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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.

Media Literacy Week!

Are you Getting the Full Story event information

Tornados, bears, and bees, oh my! Do you know how many tornadoes touched down in the Ottawa region several weeks ago? Was the latest bear sighting in Aylmer real? Have all the honeybees truly disappeared?

Are you sure? How do you find out if you’re right?...

Did you know that November 5 to 9, 2018 is Media Literacy Week! For the past 13 years, Media Literacy Week has taken place in November and this year’s theme is Fact or Fake: Help the World Stop Misinformation in Its Tracks. The week will highlight the importance of verifying that online information is true, unbiased and relevant.

What is Media Literacy?

Media Literacy is a set of learned skills and habits that help us access and analyze the media (music, tv, video games, magazines, etc.) that we encounter every day. When we’re media literate we can evaluate and make choices about how we interact with the media around us, what we believe, and finally become producers of our own media (

This is what’s happening at the Ottawa Public Library this week:

A Series of Blogs

Each day this week we’ll be bringing you a new blog post about a different aspect of media literacy.

A Panel Event

On Tuesday, November 6th we hosting a panel event in partnership with the CBC titled “Are you Getting the Full Story?” Doors open at 6 pm to this event moderated by Adrian Harewood, co-host of CBC Ottawa News at 6. To make sure that you’re part of it, click here.  

Lists of Resources

We’ve created curated lists of additional resources in English and French to help empower you to become information ninjas.


“Media Literacy Fundamentals.” MediaSmarts,