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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.

Reel Youth Film Festival Comes to Ottawa!


Do you love films? Do you love celebrating young talent? We do too!
Ottawa Public Library is happy to present the Reel Youth Film Festival, happening on Friday April 26, at the Studio Theatre of the Meridian Theatres @ Centrepointe, at 7 pm. Everyone is welcome to this free movie screening featuring young filmmakers under 20 years old!

The Festival is presented in partnership with Reel Youth. Reel Youth offers media empowerment opportunities for young artists under 20 through technical programs and workshops. Reel Youth Film Festival will be a bilingual custom-made amalgamation of short films created by young people from around the world, with curated content from Ottawa-Gatineau filmmakers! The Festival screening highlights the richness and the variety of talent from the next generation of filmmakers and is sure to spark new cinematic ideas for young people in our city.

Evening Details:

When: Friday, April 26th at 7:00 p.m.

Where: Studio Theatre of Meridian Theatres @ Centrepointe, 101 Centrepointe

Who: YOU!

This event is for young people and those who are young-at-heart! Invite your family and friends! 

What: A 80-minute film screening of short-films created by youth from around the world and locally. The evening will include a 30-minute intermission promising fun activities, trivia and popcorn and drinks! OPL’s Imagine Space will be on hand to showcase the resources and technology they have available for young filmmakers!

Youth Ottawa and their social enterprise Hot Shoe Productions, will also be part of the scene to talk about what they have to offer for young artists.

Take advantage of exciting door prizes!