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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.

Show your nerdy side!



This year, Science Literacy Week runs from September 18 to 24, 2017. 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 of our activities.

Young scientists are invited to take part in a Hands on Science Workshop led by Let’s Talk Science at Sunnyside branch on Thursday, September 21 and at Main branch on Saturday, September 23. Just drop in and use your hands and brain to create something fun.

Scientists in School will also bring fun experiment with different workshops. On Monday, September 18 meet with them at Emerald Plaza to take part in the workshop Catch Me If You Can. On Saturday, September 23 take part in one of the following workshops: Attrape-moi si tu peux (in French only) at North Gloucester, Please play with your Food at Beaverbrook and Good Clean Fun at St-Laurent. If you’re too busy on Saturday, enjoy the workshop Good Clean Fun at Hazeldean on Sunday, September 24. Children must register for the workshops and be accompanied by an adult.

Teens can connect with their inner geek by participating in our Teen Coding Club at Beaverbrook, every Monday, no prior experience necessary.

Children can also learn about coding with the help of Kids Code Jeunesse and their workshop Plus noir que la nuit (in French only) at Cumberland on Friday, September 22 and Darkest Dark at Stitsville on Saturday, September 23.

The young at heart are invited to join the fun. Take part in our Science Fiction Book Group at Nepean Centrepointe on Monday, September 18. On Wednesday, September 20 come bike! Try the Power-Generating Bicycle from Let’s Talk Energy at Greenboro. On Thursday, September 21, learn how to use our 3D printer and Laser Cutter in the Imagine Space. On Friday, stay home and explore our online resources; or to satisfy your thirst for knowledge.


Don’t forget to check out the Science Exposed exhibit at the Main Branch from September 16 to September 24, 2017.

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:

Science Literacy Week / Semaine de la culture scientifique 2017 by cindy_program

A week-long celebration of science in Canada September 18-24, 2017. | Une semaine de sciences au Canada du 18 au 24 septembre 2017. #SciLit17