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  • Contactless Returns and Holds Pickup Service at OPL


    OPL is offering contactless returns and holds pickup service at select branches, during new hours of operation. Find the details of this new service and branch opening dates here.

    • 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 PICKUPS are by appointment only. Make an appointment here.

    In accordance with Ottawa Public Health directive, please wear a mask when entering a branch.

    For information about Library cards, virtual programs, and more, contact  InfoService by phone or email.

Recycle those Hold Wraps


At Ruth E. Dickinson we have discovered that our Hold wraps can be recycled.  We learned this from an inquisitive seven-year-old who is regular visitor to our Branch.  This young man expressed his concern over all the Hold wraps going into the garbage bin instead of into the recycling.  His mother, following her son’s lead, made an inquiry to InfoService.  The answer came back to her that, indeed, these Hold wraps are bio-degradable, silicone free, BPA free and can be re-cycled. 

The mother-son duo then asked if we could create some signage about recycling the wrappers for the Holds shelf.  The Communications Department helped us out with the bilingual sign above.  We have posted this sign at Ruth E. Dickinson and I encourage everyone to do as this seven-year-old requests and recycle.

In the meantime, our young patron, encouraged by the change he has made at the Library, is now visiting local businesses to check-up on their recycling habits!


I can send the sign out to any Branch interested in displaying it.

Young gentlemen like this leave me hopeful that Earth, and her inhabitants, will be in good hands.