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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.

We're accepting school supplies for children in need - learn how you can help!


OPL is once again helping the Caring and Sharing Exchange with the collection of school supplies for their Sharing in Student Success program. This program provides backpacks full of school supplies to children from families in need. After the 2018 fundraising campaign, a total of 4,007 children received back-to-school assistance. With one in six children in Canada living in poverty, the organizers expect the need for assistance will continue to rise. Let’s give every child the chance to go to school with their heads held high!

Donations are being accepted from June 2019 - August 2019 at the following branches:

Not sure what to donate?

Items that are most needed this year are:

  • New backpacks
  • Blunt scissors 
  • Geometry sets
  • Pencil crayons
  • Glue sticks
  • Calculators

Note: donations should not have corporate logos, offensive designs or text

Get more information about the kind of donations/supplies that are most useful, how to make a financial donation or arrange for a large donation. 


What a wonderful initiative! Huge thanks to everyone who helped organize this.

I'm curious if it's possible to make a monetary donation - partly for ease but also in case there is a surplus of one item and a deficiency of another, you or the school/family can purchase what is required.

You can contact the Caring and Sharing Exchange directly to arrange monetary donations:
Phone: 613-226-6434