Step 1: Contactless services inside most open branches


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

  • Pick up holds and check them out at self-checkout stations.
  • Return borrowed items to book drops anytime.
  • Access to PCs, Chromebooks, and printing, where these are available.
  • No other services: no browsing, no washroom access.
  • Mask-wearing remains mandatory inside, and outside in line.

For details, go to Current Branch Services.

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Pet Program Series: Dog Edition!


Dog lovers everywhere— we have the perfect program series for you! Yes, all dog owners and everyone wishing to be a dog owner can further their doggy-knowledge and their doggy-bonding with our upcoming Pet Series: Dog Edition. 

During the pandemic, many people are adopting pets. Before even adopting, though, you may struggle to identify legitimate sellers versus scammers. Plus adopting a pet comes with the responsibility of caring for them and training them… And then comes the next obstacle— lockdown! How to gain access to a pet trainer during these times? Where to go for resources and events about purchasing a pet? We’ve got your back. 

The Ottawa Public Library is partnering with The Ruff House to offer an online series of guides, demonstrations, tips, and resources to help inform locked-down pet owners (and soon-to-be pet owners). 

Our Pet Series will feature Jonathan Sumner, owner of Ruff House and dog enthusiast and advocate. Jonathan will present four sessions for us:

May 5, 7:00 pm: Pre-ownership. This session will include topics such as budgeting for a dog, the best breed for you, adopting during COVID-19, and much more.

May 12, 7:00 pm: You adopted a new pet? Congratulations. Now what?. This session will touch on themes like grooming (ear care, nail clipping, washing, brushing, etc.), vet visits and shots (neutering, dental care, worms, ticks, microchipping, etc.), food and diets, socializing the dog, and more.

May 19, 7:00 pm: Training Fundamentals. This session covers training in the COVID-age, what to expect when registering for training, specific behavioral corrections (barking, separation anxiety, etc.), and more.

May 21, 4:30 pm: Hands-on Tricks and Tips. This session has been created for the whole family! Learn hands-on tricks and tips for families with young children and see examples of how to groom and handle a dog, teach fun games, and more. This will be a practice and teaching space and will look a lot like a training class through Zoom!

So, register to join in on the fun! We look forward to assisting you through your pet purchasing plan and doggy training.