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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.

Science Literacy Week 2018

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This year, Science Literacy Week runs from September 17 to 23, 2018. Across Canada, libraries, universities, museums and other partners invite you to a celebration of science by offering a diversity of activities and programs. The Ottawa Public library invites you to join in the celebration by taking part in one (or many) of our activities.


For Adults, we’ve got a great line-up of science and space themed programs:

On Monday evening, debate the dueling dragon corporations on the moon with the science fiction book group at Nepean Centrepointe during a discussion of the book Luna by Ian McDonald. 

Curious about the future of robots? Learn about how they will take your jobs with author, futurist, and entrepreneur Sylvain Rochon at Cumberland on Monday, September 17 and Main on Thursday, September 20.

Explore more of the cosmos with us at one of our Star Talks with amateur astronomer Frank Hitchens. We’ll be asking the question Are we Alone? on Tuesday, September 18 at Nepean Centrepointe and discussing Leaving Home at Orleans on Thursday, September 20.

On Wednesday join us for a lunch and learn with Ewan Reid, president and CEO of Mission Control Space Services, at the Main branch where he’ll be discussing Canada’s roll in sustainable space exploration.

A Special Edition of the Science Café presented by Carleton University will be held at the Beaverbrook branch on Wednesday, September 19; the topic of this Science Café is: How can physics shape cancer treatments?


But wait, there’s something for the young scientist in your life as well! Children must register for the workshops and be accompanied by an adult.


Is computer science your thing? We’ve got coding workshops!

The Code Mobile is making two stops at Ottawa Public Library branches this week. On Wednesday, September 19, 6-12 year olds are invited to a coding workshop at the North Gloucester Branch. The following evening, Thursday, September 20, the Code Mobile will be at the Richmond branch with a coding workshop for 6-8 year olds and their parent/guardian.

The Maker Mobile from the University of Ottawa will be delivering a bilingual coding workshop at the Vanier branch on Saturday, September 22.

Children can also learn about coding with the help of Kids Code Jeunesse and their workshops based on the book To Burp or Not to Burp. Join the fun Tuesday evening at Nepean Centrepointe, Wednesday evening at Stittsville, or Saturday morning at Main.

Try the Power-Generating Bicycle from Let’s Talk Energy at Ruth E. Dickinson on Tuesday, September 18 or at St. Laurent on Wednesday, September 19.


Join the Maker Club at the Richmond branch for hand's on feats of LEGO egnineering and more! 


Young scientists are invited to take part in a workshops on Saturday and Sunday led by Scientists in School:

Learn more about chemistry during Please Play with your Food. Create elephant toothpaste, explore solubility with sweet treats, and more. Please Play with your Food will take place on Saturday at North Gloucester and Beaverbrook.

Obey Newton: It’s the Law explores the laws of motion while creating a tumble bunny, building a race car, and more. This program will take place at Greenboro and Blackburn Hamlet on Saturday and at Ruth E. Dickinson on Sunday.

Please note for these programs that each scientist (child) must be accompanied by a lab assistant (adult).


Don’t forget to check out the Science Exposed exhibit at the Main Branch from September 17 to September 23, 2018.

Finally, if you want to bring science home with you, the Science Literacy Week founder, Jesse Hildebrand, created lists of the best scientific books, blogs and podcasts for you to explore at:


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