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  • Contactless Returns and Holds Pickup Service at OPL


    OPL offers contactless returns and holds pickup service at select branches, during new hours of operation. 

    • RETURNS will be accepted only during hours of operation, no appointment necessary. Due dates for currently checked out materials have been extended and late fees suspended. 
    • HOLDS PICKUP: As of July 27, appointments are no longer needed to pick up holds, except at Rosemount (temporary location). You can pick up your available holds during opening hours at branches offering contactless service.    
    • Rosemount (temporary location) will offer curbside service starting Monday, July 27. Holds pickups are by appointment only at this location. 
    • UPDATE: Starting Monday, August 17, additional in-person services will be offered at select branches and new branch locations will reopen. Find out more.

    Masks are required to be worn inside Ottawa Public Library branches, as per the Temporary Mandatory Mask By-law. 
    For information about Library cards, virtual programs, and more, contact InfoService by phone or email. 


Ottawa Live & Local


Join us! Starting next week, we will be holding a six-week series of online mini-concerts and workshops celebrating local music and musicians called Ottawa Live & Local. Ten musical acts in a wide variety of genres – from contemporary roots to hip hop – will add a local spin to the soundtrack of your summer with live performances of 30 to 45 minutes in length that you can experience live on Facebook. In addition to hearing great music, the audience will get to know the artists as there will be a host drawing out some of the stories behind this local talent between songs.

 Mini-concerts will take place every Tuesday and Thursday at 7:30 pm on Facebook Live, with the first one on July 28, and for the following weeks until the first week of September. Workshops start on Wednesday, August 12, also at 7:30 pm. Click here to see the full list of upcoming performances and workshops.

 COVID-19 restrictions have been particularly challenging for live music performers and artists everywhere and our own Ottawa community has not been spared. OPL is proud to be able to offer a virtual stage to help support our local culture in these difficult times and hopefully facilitate some musical discoveries to a home-based audience.

These events are offered in partnership with Meridian Theatres @ Centrepointe and generously sponsored by the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association. 

  Looking to learn a new instrument? Check out ArtistWorks and Toutapprendre in our Online Resources for beginner to advanced music instruction.