Notice: St-Laurent Branch


The St-Laurent branch is closed due to a power outage. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Step 1: Contactless services inside most open branches


There are contactless services inside most of our 31 open branches, with capacity limits in place, as of June 14, 2021, except at Metcalfe Village, Orléans and Rosemount. This means:

  • Holds can be picked up on shelves and checked out at self-checkout stations.
  • Borrowed items can be returned via book drops anytime.
  • Access to PCs, Chromebooks, and printing, where these are available.
  • Hours of operation remain the same, except at Osgoode.
  • Mask-wearing remains mandatory inside, and outside in line.

For details, go to Current Branch Services.

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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.