Provincial State of Emergency: Impact to OPL Services


OPL services have not been impacted by the provincial announcement on Tuesday, January 12. Curbside returns and holds pickup services will continue at open branches.

Hours of operation will remain the same for most branches. Greely, North Gower, and Richmond branches will shift their hours to close by 8 p.m., and all Bookmobile stops will close by 8 p.m.

For details about current services, please visit this page.

HOLDS: If you cannot pick up your hold on time, please cancel it in your online account or contact Infoservice before the pickup date. 

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Welcome High School Students!


This high school exam season come study at OPL!

High school exam season means that Teen Exam Cram is on at Ottawa Public Library. Beat exam stress in the comfort of the library, it’s the best place to study.  Questions? Ask library staff—we’re here to help! From Wednesday, January 9 to Thursday, January 31, 2019, we will be handing out giveaways (OPL pen/highlighter & snack) to students we see studying at the library!

OPL will also be offering extra study rooms at select times at the Alta Vista, Nepean Centrepointe, Hazeldean and Beaverbrook branches. When you need a break from studying, enjoy Virtual Reality at the Cumberland branch, or make a DIY Stress Ball at Ruth E. Dickinson or maybe stream a video or watch a DVD from the library collection.

Studying can be stressful and it’s hard to know how to get started. Here are some study tips from other teens like you:

  •  “Take breaks! Every 30 minutes, take a 5 minute break”
  • “After you study for awhile, your brain stops picking up new info. So switch up your location when you feel like you've stopped making progress. Try studying at a different library branch, or even at a cafe!”
  • “If you are a good concentrator, listen to music”
  • “Take breaks, and take them often. As a rule, teens (and just about anyone really) do not do well when studying for more than 2 hours at a time. So… Every now and then, sit back, relax, and watch TV/ read a book!”
  • “Go online to find help if needed”
  • “Leave a water bottle beside you (to stay hydrated)”
  • “Write notes in a secure notebook” 
  • “Keeping focused is arguably the hardest part of studying. Let's be honest, there are so many fun things you can be doing with your time other than studying. Personally, I get ready to study by turning off my cell phone and grabbing some snacks. Eliminating distractions = Successful studying!”
  • “Study with friends at the library (you can share information)”
  • “Don't leave studying to the last minute”
  • “Review, review, review! Reading the textbook might be great for understanding content, but when it comes to memorization, flashcards are your best friend! You can bring flashcards anywhere; you can study in the checkout line at the grocery store, while waiting for the bus, and even during short car rides!”


Good Luck!