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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.

OPL Bookmobile rolls into Winterlude


Escape the winter blues by stepping aboard the Ottawa Public Library’s Bookmobile during Winterlude, the National Capital Region’s annual winter festival.

Catch the OPL’s Bookmobile every Sunday of Winterlude and on Family Day, in a brand new location in the Byward Market.

The bus will be parked right in the heart of the action, on Byward Market Square – between York Street and George Street – from 10 am to 4 pm on the following dates this year:

  • Sunday, February 3
  • Sunday, February 10
  • Sunday, February 17
  • Monday, February 18

Join OPL in taking part in the 41st edition of Winterlude. Come on board the Bookmobile and discover your adventure! There is something for everyone! Browse books, movies, music, magazines and more. Enjoy our free public WiFi or even borrow a Chromebook!

OPL’s Bookmobile service brings a range of library services and collections to Ottawa communities and customers who may not be able to make it to a branch. The Bookmobile also offers special programming and attends more than 30 community events like this one each year.

Please note that the bookmobile is wheelchair accessible.

Stay up to date with the Bookmobile on Twitter: @OttBkMobileBus

For more information about the Bookmobile visit our website!

See you at Winterlude!