• Current In-Person Services


    22 of our branches and the Bookmobile are open for modified services at this time. For details on our current in-person services, visit: https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/current-branch-services.

    Visit our Hours and Locations page for our current branch hours and our Bookmobile page for the current Bookmobile schedule.

    MANDATORY:  Masks are required to be worn inside Ottawa Public Library branches, as per theTemporary Mandatory Mask By-law. Customers who are not wearing masks will not be allowed inside branches. Exceptions apply for people with medical exemptions.

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Returns and holds pickup services expanded to more locations



We are happy to announce the expansion of our returns and holds pickup service in the coming weeks. As part of this new service phase, customers will be able to reserve new Library items, and new branch locations will soon be offering returns and holds service. For the latest information about contactless service, please refer to this page.



  •  Monday, June 29: Resumption of holds 

Starting June 29, customers will be able to reserve Library items again. As of July 13, the temporary hold limit will increase to 50 total holds per customer. Learn more about holds here. 


  • Monday, July 6: Curbside Service becomes Contactless Service 

Starting July 6, customers will be able to come inside the six currently open branches to pick up their holds and check them out using the checkout machines. At this time, appointments will still be required for customers who wish to pick up their available holds. 


Effective July 15, 2020, masks are required to be worn inside Ottawa Public Library branches, as per the Temporary Mandatory Mask By-law.

  • Mid-July to mid-August: Contactless Service Expands 

The returns and holds contactless service will be expanded to these branches following this anticipated timeline (subject to change).


  • Monday, July 13Carlingwood, Carp, Greely, North Gloucester, St. Laurent, Stittsville. 
  • Monday, July 27: Alta Vista, Blackburn Hamlet, Centennial, Elmvale Acres, Emerald Plaza. 
  • Monday, July 27: Rosemount (Temporary Location) - curbside service
  • Monday, August 10: Sunnyside, Hazeldean, Manotick, Orleans, Richmond, Rideau, Vanier 
  • Saturday, August 15: Metcalfe Village

The opening date for the following branches remains to be determined: Constance Bay, Fitzroy Harbour, Munster, North Gower, Osgoode, Rockcliffe Park, Vernon, Kiosk, Bookmobile 


More details regarding the reopening branches will be shared as branches prepare to open for contactless service. For branch hours, please visit our Hours and Locations page. 

OPL continues to work on a plan to safely provide the use of public computer and WiFi at its branches open for contactless service.  At this time, public computer and WiFi are not available for use.



Borrowed items can be returned to branches open for the contactless service during hours of operation. No appointment is required to return Library items


Signs at each of the branches open for contactless service will clearly indicate where to return library material. 


Due dates on all items that were checked out in March have been extended to give customers plenty of time to return their library materials. 


OPL cannot accept book donations at this time. 



Holds pickup will continue to be by appointment only. If your holds are available for pick up, you can make an appointment here.




Effective July 15, 2020, masks are required to be worn inside Ottawa Public Library branches, as per the Temporary Mandatory Mask By-law.


The health and safety of our customers and employees is our highest priority.

  • Returned materials will be quarantined for 72 hours.
  • Returns and hold pickups will be contactless. 
  • Visible markers will be present at pickup locations to ensure physical distancing.
  • Employees will be practicing physical distancing, and they will wear masks if physical distancing is not possible. Regular cleaning and handwashing will be routine.
  • Branches are following enhanced cleaning protocols.
  • We recommend washing your hands after handling library materials


On Tuesday 23 June I received notice that I had two items ready for a pickup appointment. That evening I made an appointment for pickup on Thursday 25 June between 1730-1800.

On Wednesday 24 June I received a notice that a further four items were ready for a pickup appointment. according to your explanation all the items should have been checked out and ready for the Thursday pickup appointment.

When I just picked the items up, two of the second group were not included (they are listed as ready on my account) while one for which I had not received notification was checked out.

Is there any reason for this as I will not be allowed to pick up the two items until next week?


Keith Laughton

Hello Keith. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please contact InfoService at 613-580-2940 to resolve this matter. Thank you.