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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.

North Gower Farmer's Market and Food Literacy



Come join us this Saturday, July 16 from 10a.m. to 1p.m. when the mini-Bookmobile comes to the North Gower Farmer's Market. We'll be talking up the Food Literacy Project and offering a tasty, healthy snack kids can make themselves while they sign up for our Summer Reading Club.

Need your library fix while the North Gower branch is being renovated? Come browse the mini-Bookmobile collection and check-out some books, DVDs, magazines and more. 

The Food Literacy Project is coming to a neighborhood near you! In the coming months we will be at:


Details on dates and addresses:

Bayshore Field House, 175 Woodridge Crescent, August 10, 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Laroche Park, 62 Stonehurst Avenue, September 14, 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Centre 507, 507 Bank Street, August 25, 12:30pm - 2:00pm.

Nanny Goat Hill Community Garden, 1 Laurier Ave. West, September 10, 10:00am -1:00pm

Epiphany Anglican Church, 1290 Ogilvie Road, August 27, 9:00am -12:00 noon

Overbrook Community Garden, 33 Quill Street, September 8, 5:00pm - 7:00pm

St. Gabriel's Church, 205 Bayview Drive, September 17, 9:00am - 12:00 noon


The Food Literacy Project is offered in partnership with Ottawa Public Health, the MarketMobile, the Ottawa International Writer's Festival and Just Food and is funded by the government of Ontario.


Food Literacy by sherry_library