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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.

Take care of your family photos and memorabilia


Where do you keep your treasured family photos?  Carefully preserved and backed up digitally? Or jumbled in a box in the basement (guilty!), or glued into 1970s-era plastic albums? And what about those other family heirlooms, like certificates or diaries, that you’re going to get around to taking care of properly and maybe even digitizing. . . one of these days?

Now’s the time!  At Greenboro Branch on March 25, professional conservator Kyla Ubbink will show you how to care for and preserve your family memorabilia and photographs.  You’ll find out how to store, handle, and clean your items, and explore digitization options.  And you’ll get to practise with hands-on activities to learn skills so you can go home and start saving your family treasures now.

Kyla is a popular speaker who has given several 1-hour lectures at OPL in the past.  On March 2, she was interviewed by John D. Reid for the blog Canada’s Anglo-Celtic Connections about some of her upcoming workshops, including the March 25 one at Greenboro.  Listen to the interview here as Kyla explains why this workshop will be “so much more” than earlier OPL workshops.

Register online for Keeping the Past for the Present and the Future: Preservation Techniques for the Home Archive, or call 613-580-2940 for information.