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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.

Teen Issues Display at Cumberland


The Cumberland Branch is featuring a special display in our Teen section about issues that matter to teens. It includes a variety of books in English and French on “Serious Issues / Lectures intenses” – subjects like bullying, social pressure, gender identity, sexual orientation, addiction, rape, and suicide. Our Cumberland TAG members created a poster with issues that are on their minds, including everything from food, to family, to their future!


Also included with the display are posters reminding you to come to Teen Author Fest! Cumberland is very excited to be hosting Laurie Halse Anderson and Sara Farizan, both of whom write novels focusing on many of the complex issues teens face today.


On either side of the display, we have included phone numbers and websites through which teens can reach professionals ready to assist with emergencies, stress, mental health, and abuse.


Thanks to the Cumberland TAG for their enthusiastic help in creating this display!