Step 1: Contactless services inside most open branches


There are contactless services inside most of our 31 open branches, with strict capacity limits in place, as of June 14, 2021, except at Metcalfe Village, Orléans and Rosemount. This means:

  • Pick up holds and check them out at self-checkout stations.
  • Return borrowed items to book drops anytime.
  • Access to PCs, Chromebooks, and printing, where these are available.
  • No other services: no browsing, no washroom access.
  • Mask-wearing remains mandatory inside, and outside in line.

For details, go to Current Branch Services.

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OPL Universe: Enriching YouTube Content for Your Kids


Don’t know where to find content for your kids that’s both educational and entertaining? Parents, child care providers and tutors, look no further! The OPL has a plethora of colourful videos on every subject to satisfy your little ones’ cravings for projects! You’ll find videos on crafting, science, technology and games of all kinds that are lovingly put together by OPL staff. What are you waiting for? Check out these YouTube videos today and discover OPL Universe. Here’s just some of what you’ll find: 

  • EUREKA! Do your kids have a penchant for STEM? This series presents STEM experiments that you can do with your kids to help them discover the mysteries of science. New videos are added every week until the end of the summer! 

  • CRAFTERNOON: This series offers art fans all kinds of crafting projects to motivate our young creators to produce incredible works of art! They’ll learn expert methods using only everyday objects and recycled materials! 

  • READY? SET? MOVE! (Active games for kids): We all know how important it is to stay active, but it can be so hard to do that in the middle of a pandemic. Press play and follow along to the video to turn your home into the park or gym. . Plenty of fun and surprises guaranteed! 

Nothing beats family projects when it comes to strengthening the bonds between parents and kids. All summer long, enjoy these informative videos that are just a click away! Make sure not to miss the new videos uploaded every week. Subscribe today to the Ottawa Public Library's YouTube channel

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