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  • New Curbside Returns and Holds Pick Up Service begins in June


    OPL will offer a new Curbside Returns and Holds Pick Up service at six branch locations: Main, Nepean Centrepointe, Cumberland, Beaverbrook, Greenboro, Ruth E. Dickson, during new hours of operation.

    • On Monday, June 8, these locations will begin accepting returns; and,
    • On Monday, June 15, holds pick up by appointment will start.

    Find the details of this new curbside service here.

    All OPL branches and Bookmobile stops remain closed to the public.

    • Due dates for currently checked out materials have been extended and late fees suspended.
    • All book drops remain closed.

    For information about Library cards, virtual programs, and more, contact  InfoService by phone or email
    from Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm.

Two Book Launches this February!

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Bibliophiles and history lovers of Ottawa have at least two reasons to rejoice this February!  Ottawa Public Library and its wonderful partners are pleased to host two book launches that showcase some lesser known sides of Canadian history and provide an opportunity to meet their fascinating authors.

On Tuesday, February 19, at 7:30 pm, join us for the launch of Cecil Foster’s book They Call Me George: The Untold Story of Black Train Porters and the Birth of Modern Canada. Learn more about the history of these fascinating men, and how their actions and spirit had a significant yet under recognized impact on Canadian and U.S. history. This event – presented jointly by OPL, Library and Archives Canada, and the Ottawa International Writers Festival – will take place in the Pellan Room at Library and Archives Canada and be moderated by CBC’s Adrian Harewood.

On Thursday, February 21, 7 pm, join OPL and partners Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa International Writers Festival, and McGill-Queen’s University Press for the launch of Ladies, Upstairs! My Life in Politics and After, by pioneering feminist politician, Monique Bégin. Learn more about the life of this formidable trailblazing woman who became minister of health and welfare, a university dean, a sought-after member for commissions of inquiry, and an international expert on public health. Moderated by acclaimed author Charlotte Gray, the event will be held in the Pellan Room at Library and Archives Canada.

Both book launches are in English. Everyone is welcome. Admission is free. Tickets can be reserved online at