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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.

National Tree Day | Ottawa's Urban Trees


September 23rd is National Tree Day, and the City of Ottawa is launching the development of its Urban Forest Management Plan. Until now, Ottawa has had tree related policies and programs, but no overarching plan for our urban forests. The launch event will be held at Lansdowne Park and includes a Tree Expo and a presentation from Philip van Wassenaer, an arborist and urban forestry consultant. Residents will have the opportunity to get involved in November of 2015, so now is a great time to borrow a title on trees and urban forestry! I’ve attached a booklist below with some suggestions for adults and children.

UPDATE: November Public Consultations: Visioning and Issue Identification

Tuesday November 24, 2015
6:30 pm to 9:30 pm – Presentation at 7 pm followed by facilitated discussions
Jean Pigott Place, Ottawa City Hall 110 Laurier Avenue West

Urban Trees in Ottawa: Putting down Roots for the Future
Celebrating National Tree Day
Wednesday September 23, 2015 

Also launching tomorrow is Tree Fest Ottawa’s photography exhibit, entitled PhotoSynthesis. The exhibit will be on display at Lansdowne Park from September 23rd until October 12th 2015. I'm excited to read the stories about Ottawa tree specialists who are being featured. Tree Fest Ottawa was founded this year, and will include a series of free events over the next few weeks. The exhibit and events are focused on connecting people with trees, inspiring dialogue and learning, and encouraging residents to protect existing trees and plant new native trees. Visit their website for details.

The Horticulture Building is wheelchair accessible and has washrooms available.
Please see the following City of Ottawa webpage for transportation options.

If you’re early for the event stop by the Sunnyside Branch of the OPL to borrow a title. Sunnyside is the branch closest to Lansdowne, located on the South side of the Bank Street Canal Bridge, at 1049 Bank St. Unable to attend? Consider joining us at Main Branch next week for an Author Visit with David Boyd, he is an environmental lawyer, professor and author who will be speaking on Thursday October 1st at 7 pm, program details are on this webpage.

Urban Forests | National Tree Day by Alison_OPL

Check out one of these titles from the OPL on forests and trees in urban and rural environments.