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OPEN BRANCHES: 22 of our branches and the Bookmobile are currently open for modified services at this time.

Additional branches will reopen for contactless returns and holds pickup in the fall and early winter. Details:

HOURS AND LOCATIONS: for current branch hours.

BOOKMOBILE: for the current Bookmobile stops schedule.

MANDATORY: Masks are required to be worn inside Ottawa Public Library branches, as per theTemporary Mandatory Mask By-law. Customers who are not wearing masks will not be allowed inside branches. Exceptions apply for people with medical exemptions.

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Teen Staycation: Fill your summer with storytelling, creativity, lots of sharing and interactive fun


Summer has (finally) arrived in our corner of the world, but vacations are so last year – this year is all about the Staycation! The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) is hosting the Teen Staycation, a summer-long series of programs and events designed for teens. The programs were created and chosen in consultation with teens from OPL Teen Advisory Groups across Ottawa.  

The Staycation is all about creative expression - you can participate in crafty DIY projects, gaming adventures, music and drama workshops and weekly themed book club discussions.  The Staycation promises an interactive itinerary that will keep you interested and engaged in exploring different ways to create, to share, to discuss, and to reflect in ways that will make the summer of 2020 as fun as it is memorable.  

Participation is free, online, interactive and social. Every Staycation session is a singular event (except the ukulele lessons) so you can sign up for the ones that appeal to you. There is no need to sign up for the whole summer, so you can bring a friend and new Staycationers can join in as the summer rolls along. Enrollment for each activity will be kept quite small to encourage real-time interaction and sharing. The craft activities on Monday and Tuesday afternoons are drop-in, so there is no need to register in advance. The plan is for Staycation to fill summer 2020 with storytelling, creativity, new skills and lots of sharing and interactive fun.  

For more information on these programs and updates, check out the Staycation page on our website and check the OPL homepage regularly for exciting activities every day.