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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.

Tales and Tunes: Family Fun Day at the Library


To see the schedule click here!


The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) invites you to “Tales and Tunes: Family Fun Day at the Library” on Saturday, July 6.

OPL is once again offering a free, family-oriented event with something for everyone to enjoy, including storytelling, music, dance, crafts, face painting, balloon animals, games, a gardening station, and much, much more! A CBC Ottawa pop-up studio, where you get to sit behind the anchor desk, will also be a feature. Tales and Tunes offers activities that celebrate and highlight storytelling, community, and creation in unique and inclusive ways.

 Main stage acts include:

Splash'N Boots: Splash’N Boots are becoming a staple in the next generation of Canadian children’s music. Seen daily on Treehouse TV they have released 11 albums and 5 DVDs, have traveled across the world performing live shows, and live in their Big Yellow Boot on Treehouse TV. Winner of the 2019 Juno award for Children’s Album of the Year.

Twin Flames: This captivating duo combines two award-winning unique singer-songwriters Jaaji an Inuk Mohawk from Quqtaq, Nunavik and Chelsey June an Algonquin Cree métis from Ottawa. Twin Flames takes the audience on a musical journey across Canada and the Arctic; they echo the voices of their ancestors and depict life on the land as they sing songs in English, Inuktitut and French. They leave audiences fascinated, intrigued and inspired.

Ariko: A unique arrangement of traditional French-Canadian songs, traditional fiddle tunes and stepdance! Ariko’s performances engage audiences of all ages with interactive rhythm, song and dance activities. Rooted in traditional music, their dynamic repertoire is coloured by zydeco, jazz and popular genres.

Monkey Rock Music: A fun, entertaining and creative participatory music program for young children with the goal to instill a love of creating and experiencing music that will last a lifetime. In a child’s early years, music, singing, dancing and rhythm all have a profound effect on mental development. Monkey Rock Music seamlessly incorporates sign language into their program, which can greatly accelerate language development.

Tales and Tunes will take place Saturday, July 6 from 12 from noon to 5 p.m. at Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive also home to the Nepean Centrepointe branch of OPL. The event will go on, inside and outside, rain or shine.  The location is easily accessible by public transit, and adjacent to Baseline OC Transpo station. Everyone is welcome! Don’t miss it.

OPL is pleased to thank FOPLA, the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association, for their generous sponsorship of the event, and to highlight the key contributions of our partners: Meridian Theatres @ Centrepointe and CBC Ottawa. 

FOPLA/AABPO  CBC Ottawa   Meridian