Contactless services inside branches – effective June 14


As of June 14, 2021, there will be contactless services inside most branches, with capacity limits in place. 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 more details, go to Current Branch Services.

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Ottawa Urban Wildlife program series


Did you know our homes in Ottawa are next to a vast community? The kind of community that has four legs or paws or beaks- Ottawa’s urban wildlife animals. With the amount of time we are spending at home, people are discovering nature again, and with this comes a range of wildlife, birds and other species. When we learn to coexist with other species (even those critters we might not always adore) it allows us to connect and enjoy the natural world. 


This series examines topics such as Ottawa bird species and how to make our city bird safe, the biodiversity of our wildlife, Ottawa species at risk and how to appreciate the various urban wildlife safely for both humans and animals. 


Learn about Ottawa’s Urban Wildlife with these programs:  

  • June 14: Introduction to local Ottawa birds and bird-safe city 

  • June 21: Biodiversity of urban wildlife 

  • June 24: The species at risk in the Ottawa 

  • June 28: Connecting to Nature – Backyards and Beyond