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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's Local Music Collection!


            Ottawa is host to a vibrant, diverse, and ever-burgeoning music scene. Hundreds of musicians, promoters, record labels, retailers, studios, writers, radio hosts, artists, venues, organizers and countless others continue to do tireless and often-innovative work to make the city one in which exciting new music is created and supported.


Papers and blogs like Ottawa Beat, Ottawa Showbox, Apt613 and Photog Music seek to document this music; festivals like Megaphono, Ottawa Explosion, House of PainT and the SoulCity MusicFest have ensured high-profile spotlights shine on Ottawa musicians and have introduced international artists to the city's scene; and initiatives like the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition's Love Local Music campaign (including its local music playlists), ArtEngine's Sonicity soundtracks, and the City's emergent Ottawa Music Strategy are working to increase support for and awareness of the local music throughout Ottawa. Local music album covers


Here at OPL, we too we are striving to ensure the vibrancy and availability of Ottawa music. In our catalogue, you'll find an ever-expanding collection of local artists’ albums to borrow or stream. You can check out music of all genres, including the post-punk sounds of Bonnie Doon; the Franco alterna-folk of Mehdi Cayenne; the challenging R&B/hip-hop/spoken word synthesis of King Kimbit; the avant sounds of Jesse Stewart; Loviatar's doom metal; the jazz-inflected soul of KellyLee Evans; and the pow-wow-infused electronic sounds of A Tribe Called Red. The city hosts an increasingly eclectic blend of artists, from New Swears to The Ottawa Bach Choir.


Also, keep an eye out for OPL's other music programming, like our Music In the Stacks lunchtime concert series, and the Musical Instrument Lending Library.


Begin your journey through OPL's local music collection via the list below, which highlights some recent and notable additions to our catalogue. Then, be sure to keep up as we add new music through our new titles portal. Leave a comment with some of your local music recommendations for other patrons to check out!



OPL New Local Music 2017/18 by Daniel_Library

Some of our most recent and notable new additions of local Ottawa music!


Awww yes! I'm so glad you added a bunch of The Peptides CDs to your collection. I remember checking for them a few years ago and all you had was The Vinyl Cafe tribute. Thanks for expanding the collection!