Website Maintenance: Saturday, July 31


We will be performing maintenance to our systems. Access to your OPL account and search functions will be unavailable from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm Saturday, July 31. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Colonel By Day: August 2


All Ottawa Public Library branches will be closed on Monday, August 2. Virtual services and loans can be accessed on our website. 

Temporary closure: Alta Vista


Due to upgrades to the front entrance, the Alta Vista branch will be closed from July 26 to August 8. There will be no returns or holds pick-up during that time. Alta Vista branch will reopen August 9 at 10 am.   

Step 3: More services inside most open branches


Browsing, public computers, newspapers and magazines are available inside most of our 31 open branches, with capacity limits for two-metre distancing. Up to 200 items can also be put on hold.

Starting July 26:

Mask-wearing remains mandatory inside, and outside in line. For more details, go to Current Branch Services.

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Step 2: Branches open to enhanced in-person services on Monday, July 5


Starting Monday, July 5, 2021, we will reopen to enhanced in-person services. Enhanced services include browsing the shelves, access to more public computers, reading newspapers and magazines, as well as passes to some provincial parks.

Capacity inside branches will be limited, as per provincial regulations, and customers may have to wait outside if the capacity limit is reached inside the branch. Also, given limited seating and capacity, customers will be asked to limit their time reading newspapers and magazines so that others can also enjoy this reintroduced service.

Virtual programming continues. Cardholders can visit our website for more information and to register for summer programs such as Summerland, Teen Staycation and other events to meet all ages and interests. Summer reading kits for those who registered will be available for pickup in branches.

Chromebooks continue to be available for loans of up to three hours and remote printing by request are available via an online form.

We are in the process of modernizing the Library's public computer, printing and photocopying systems. As of June 29, 2021, 22 branches have the new systems installed, with 11 more branches to come. During the transition, computers, printers and photocopiers may function differently or may be temporarily unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Thirty-one of OPL's 33 branches are now open. Metcalfe Village branch continues to be open on Saturdays to provide contactless services but no public computers are available. Vernon and Fitzroy Harbour branches remain closed until the fall.

Safety measures such as the mandatory wearing of masks (inside the branch and outside while in line) and the need maintain a two-metre physical distance from others remain in effect, to ensure the safety of our customers and employees.

The health and safety of employees and customers remain OPL’s priority. Ottawa Public Library continues to follow direction from the Province of Ontario and guidance from Ottawa Public Health to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community.


Access to: Washrooms

Sir / Madam, I am writing on behalf of a senior, in their early 70s, who asked me to find out if the washrooms will be available at the OPL Branches? For this person, their particular need is for the MAIN Branch. (Please be aware, that this person was turned away, from the MAIN Branch, a few weeks ago, and a block later, in public, had a significant embarrassing - number two - "accident".) Pandemic or not, WASHROOMS are ESSENTIAL and nobody should be turned away, especially at the Ottawa PUBLIC Library. Cordially yours, EXCLUDED.

Thank you for your comment.

Thank you for your comment. As of July 5, Ottawa Public Library branches across the City are open for in-person services. This means OPL customers are able to use the bathrooms. At the Main branch, all washrooms are available including the accessibility washroom on the 3rd floor.