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  • New Curbside Returns and Holds Pick Up Service begins in June


    OPL will offer a new Curbside Returns and Holds Pick Up service at six branch locations: Main, Nepean Centrepointe, Cumberland, Beaverbrook, Greenboro, Ruth E. Dickson, during new hours of operation.

    • On Monday, June 8, these locations will begin accepting returns; and,
    • On Monday, June 15, holds pick up by appointment will start.

    Find the details of this new curbside service here.

    All OPL branches and Bookmobile stops remain closed to the public.

    • Due dates for currently checked out materials have been extended and late fees suspended.
    • All book drops remain closed.

    For information about Library cards, virtual programs, and more, contact  InfoService by phone or email
    from Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm.

Music Editing Lab Launch


On Thursday September 27th, the Ruth E. Dickinson branch celebrated its new Music Editing Lab.

Richard Yin, winner of our Teen Art Contest for best musical composition was present to kick off the event.  He played several beautiful piano pieces on our keyboard including Beethoven’s “Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor, 'Appassionata’, Third Movement”.  Having taken piano lessons since he was 5 years old, he had no trouble impressing the crowd with his talent!

After the initial kick off, musicians Chris West and Jeff Watkins were on-site to demonstrate how to use Logic Pro X, a software on both of our music editing stations.  Did you know that one user can create a song resembling an entire orchestra piece?  You can choose among many different instruments, and notes played on the music keyboard go through a USB via a musical instrument digital interface (MIDI) so that users can edit their work after playing a piece.  We also have GarageBand, Ableton Live Lite, and Musescore, which work similarly.

We made a variety of children’s activities available during the launch and gave them the opportunity to create musical instruments, colour, try the new equipment, and even create their own songs using our iPads.  It was quite an entertaining evening filled with creativity, knowledge and music. 

We are very grateful to the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library (FOPLA) who purchased and donated these music editing stations to the Ruth E. Dickinson branch, enabling us to grow our innovative spaces. Book one of our music editing stations today to commence your musical journey!


Digital Music Making: An Introduction