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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.

Ottawa Book Awards 2018


Update: October 17, 2018

And the winners are:


English Non-Fiction

Original Highways: Travelling the Great Rivers of Canada


English Fiction:

Dead White Men


Création littéraire :

Sept vies, dix-sept morts



The Ottawa Book Awards are just around the corner, and to celebrate the art of writing we are hosting a series of writing workshops.  Whether you are just getting started, or want tips on improving your writing or publishing your stories, join us!


From Manuscript to Bookshelf, with Ian Shaw, founder of Deux Voiliers Publishing.

Thursday, October 11, 6:30 p.m. at St-Laurent branch. Register for St-Laurent branch session.

Saturday, October 20, 2:30 p.m. at Stittsville branch.  Register for Stittsville branch session.

Thursday, November 1, 6:30 p.m., Orléans branch. Register for Orléans branch session.


Atelier de création littéraire, avec l'auteure Michèle Vinet.

Monday, October 15, 6:30 p.m., Orléans branch.  Register for this program.


Make Your Story Pop!, with author Marie Bilodeau

Thursday, October 18, 2:00 p.m. at Rideau branch.  Register for Rideau branch session.

Thursday, October 25, 6:30 p.m. at Sunnyside branch. Register for Sunnyside branch session.

Tuesday, November 6, 6:30 p.m. at Stittsville branch.  Register for Stittsville branch session.

Monday, November 12, 6:30 p.m. at Elmvale Acres branch.  Register for Elmvale Acres branch session.


How to Write a Short Story, with author Matt Moore

Saturday, October 27, 2:00 p.m. at Main branch.  Register for Main branch session

Monday, October 29, 6:30 p.m. at Hazeldean branch.  Register for Hazeldean branch session


Winners of the 2018 Ottawa Book Awards will be announced on Wednesday, October 17.  Here are the finalists!:


Ottawa Book Awards / Prix du livre d’Ottawa 2018: English Non-Fiction


Ottawa Book Awards / Prix du livre d'Ottawa 2018: création littéraire en français


Ottawa Book Awards / Prix du livre d'Ottawa 2018: English Fiction