Current In-Person Services


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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Volunteering with the Ottawa Public Library


To apply for a volunteer position at the Ottawa Public Library, please visit the City of Ottawa’s volunteer portal at Once there, you can search by branch, location or interest. You will be prompted to set up an Volunteer2 account, and the relevant branch will contact you if your profile matches their needs. For further information about the types of opportunities that might be available, visit  

You may also be interested in opportunities with the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association (FOPLA). FOPLA runs the Ottawa Public Library’s second-hand book stores and other fundraising initiatives. Visit the FOPLA volunteer page to learn more about their application process!