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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.

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