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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.

From Sea to Sea to Sea - Celebrating Indigenous Children's Books 


From Sea to Sea to Sea- Indigenous Children's books collection was compiled by IBBY (the International Board on Books for Young People).  

From board books and picture books for younger kids to non-fiction and graphic novels for older readers, this collection is a selection of the best books by Indigenous authors, many illustrated by Indigenous artists, published in Canada up to December 2017. "These titles reflect the diverse First Nations, Metis, and Inuit cultures, languages, perspectives, and experiences from sea to sea to sea. All titles reflect authentic First Nations, Metis, and Inuit voices and offer insight into their distinct histories and current realities of these communities"

The Ottawa Public Library is a portal for discovery and learning and an important contributor to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in Canada. The Library fosters the development of a rich and varied collection with Indigenous content for all age groups and backgrounds to bridge understanding between Non-indigenous and Indigenous peoples in Ottawa. 

We are proud to announce that Ottawa Public Library has most of the titles from "From Sea to Sea to Sea" collection either available to borrow or on order,  except for a few titles that are currently out of print.  

Here is the list of the books available at OPL from the "From Sea to Sea to Sea" collection: 

From Sea to Sea to Sea - Celebrating Indigenous Children's Books 


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