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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.

Spring Book Drive- Sunday, May 26

This image is of a row of books on a shelf.

Spring has finally sprung, and there’s no better time to start thinking about decluttering your home and your garage!  Need a bit of motivation to start cleaning and sorting?

Our best friends, fondly known as the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association (FOPLA) is holding a Spring Book Drive on Sunday May 26 at the Ottawa Farmer’s Market at Lansdowne Park.

From 9 am to 2 pm in Aberdeen Square at Lansdowne Park, FOPLA will be accepting donations of gently used books, CDs, DVDS, and vinyl records.

Due to the difficulty of re-selling the following items, please avoid bringing:

  • Encyclopaedia
  • Magazines (including National Geographic and Reader’s Digest)
  • Textbooks older than 10 years

Why donate to FOPLA?

The Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association (FOPLA) raise more than $300,000 for Ottawa Public Library each year, with most funds coming from the sale of donated used books.

If you are unable to attend – no problem. You can donate up to two boxes at any branch of the Ottawa Public Library during opening hours.

Follow all FOPLA news on their website, their Facebook page, on Twitter, or Instagram.