Step 1: Contactless services inside most open branches


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

  • Holds can be picked up on shelves and checked out at self-checkout stations.
  • Borrowed items can be returned via book drops anytime.
  • Access to PCs, Chromebooks, and printing, where these are available.
  • Hours of operation remain the same, except at Osgoode.
  • Mask-wearing remains mandatory inside, and outside in line.

For details, go to Current Branch Services.

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Orange Shirt Day at the OPL: Every Child Matters 


When Phyllis Webstad went to St. Joseph’s Residential School for the first time, she took with her a shiny new orange shirt that her grandmother bought for her.  That shirt was taken away and never returned and has become a symbol of the Every Child Matters movement.  On September 30th, we remember and recognize the survivors of residential schools.  The OPL is proud to honour this movement with virtual programs for all ages. 

  • For children ages 6 – 10.   Listen to stories at 9 am in English and 10:30 am in French on Wednesday, September 30th. During this special program, a library staff member will read an indigenous book followed by a special Indigenous storyteller, Daniel Richer.
  • For more stories and resources to share, check out our Orange Shirt Day Toolkit
  • For Teens: Join us for a live musical performance by Samian, the first rapper to express himself in French and Algonquin, Wednesday, September 30th, 6 pm
  • For Teens & Adults: Fostering a Legacy of Reconciliation in Canada, Wednesday September 30, 7 pm. A discussion and Q&A with survivors of the Residential School and Indian Day School systems.

Explore this locally-created Orange Shirt Day content:

  • A personal essay from Algonquin elder, author and poet Albert Dumont.
  • This special Orange Shirt Day podcast featuring Michelle Good speaking about her new novel, Five LIttle Indians, produced by our partners at the Ottawa International Writers Festival. Danielle McDonald, CEO of the Library, also spoke about the importance of this day for the Library.

For more Indigenous content, check out our Indigenous collection: Read, listen to, or view works from our collection of books, films and music by First Nations, Métis, and Inuit authors and artists, and find out about Indigenous book recommendations and upcoming programs.

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