Current In-Person Services

18/11/2020

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: https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/blogs/updates-new-branch-reopening-dates

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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Treaties Recognition Week

Web banner for Indigenous progams and collections. Shows the book covers of three Indigenous books.
30/10/2020

Treaties Recognition Week was established in 2016, and it is celebrated the first week of November. This week raises awareness of the importance of treaties and treaty relationships in Ontario. Education about treaty history and rights is an important step in fostering understanding and nurturing relationships.

On November 6 from 10:30 am to 12 noon, you can join the virtual Living Library event “We are all Treaty People.” This event features Robert Greene and Maurice Switzer in a one-hour panel discussion, followed by an opportunity to ask questions. You can read more about this event and register here.

There are also many videos online where you can listen to Indigenous speakers share their knowledge about treaties. These videos address topics such as the history of treaties, reconciliation, and women’s roles.

To learn more about the history of treaties in Ontario, you can explore this page, which includes a map and information about individual treaties. Treaties Recognition Week gives us the opportunity to learn more about treaties in Ontario, but this education and awareness can continue year-round.