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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. 


Quick Reads


Many Canadians, both new and already established, look for the opportunity to practice and improve their reading in English. Readers are not only looking for books written with clear, simple language, but - most importantly! - engaging and enjoyable stories.

The Quick Reads Initiative began in the UK in 2006, with the goal of bringing easy-to-read maintream books by popular authors into stores and libraries. The Ottawa Public Library has a selection of Quick Reads ranging from thrillers and romance, to science fiction and historical drama, to humour and non-fiction.

Click here to explore the Quick Reads available in the OPL catalogue.

If you'd like to learn more about Quick Reads, browse their publications, or sign up for their news and updates, please visit their website!

Image: Full House

Full House

By Binchy, Maeve
Image: A Cool Head

A Cool Head

By Rankin, Ian
Image: Tackling Life

Tackling Life

The True Story of A Footballing Bad Lad Made Good
By Oatway, Charlie
Image: Blackwater


By Iggulden, Conn


Informative blog - was not aware that Quick Reads existed!