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  • OPL branches closed

    OPL branches, Bookmobile stops and Homebound delivery services are closed until further notice. 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.

Sign up for a temporary Library card HERE and NOW 

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There is no reason to distance yourself from the extensive reading, learning and entertainment resources available online to all Ottawa Public Library cardholders. And there is no need to delay! 

You can sign up for a temporary OPL card – or renew your card – by calling OPL InfoService. They can set you up in one step. Or, if you prefer the two-step, you can sign up for a temporary card here then call or email InfoService to gain access to OPL’s eContent such as:  

  • eBooks 

  • eAudiobooks 

  • language learning 

  • learning to play a musical instrument

  • music, film and tv streaming 

  • databases on a huge range of subjects 

  • and much more. 

You can reach OPL by email or phone (613) 580-2940, Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. 



It would be great if Ottawa Public Library would re-invest in Freegal. This is one of the most used services, and one of the ones I miss the most. Please re-consider getting a library subscription. Thanks