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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.

Scratch comes to Emerald Plaza

animated ballerina and coloured drums

Computer coding is alive at Emerald Plaza this fall.  In September, the After School Code Club began and we have taught over a dozen kids how to code using Scratch - a block-based programming language developed out of MIT.  Participants have used Scratch to tell animated stories and make games using instructions from Code Club International, a volunteer organization that aims to encourage students to develop coding skills through free education.

As a follow-up to the Code Club we would like to extend an invitation to learn a little bit of computer science, this time without using a computer.  Join us during Canada Learns Code week to learn how to count and draw like a computer.  This event on December 8th from 2:30-3:30 will teach the basics of binary and pixels.

Coding Resources for Kids by EP_Childrens

Looking to learn to code? Check out some of these titles.