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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.

Recap of Indigenous Reads – Week 1


June is National Indigenous History Month (NIHM), and OPL invites you to celebrate at the Library!


NIHM is a great opportunity to learn more about Indigenous cultures, history, and literature. Explore OPL’s collection of books, films and music by First Nations, Métis, and Inuit authors and artists.


Throughout the month, we are highlighting books by First Nations, Métis, and Inuit authors via our Twitter account. Here is the weekly recap of the recommended reads, in English and French. 

Image: Manikanetish


Petite Marguerite
By Fontaine, Naomi
Image: Shi-shi-etko


By Campbell, Nicola I
Image: Un parcours bispirituel

Un parcours bispirituel

récit d’une aînée ojibwé-crie lesbienne
By Chacaby, Ma-Nee
Image: Birdie


By Lindberg, Tracey
Image: Décoloniser le Canada

Décoloniser le Canada

cinquante ans de militantisme autochtone
By Manuel, Arthur
Image: Jonny Appleseed

Jonny Appleseed

A Novel
By Whitehead, Joshua
Image: Skraelings


By Qitsualik-Tinsley, Rachel
Image: Fire Song

Fire Song

By Jones, Adam Garnet
Image: Speaking Our Truth

Speaking Our Truth

A Journey of Reconciliation
By Gray Smith, Monique
Image: The Inuit Thought of It

The Inuit Thought of It

Amazing Arctic Innovations
By Ipellie, Alootook