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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.

Is your home wireless network secure?

is your home wireless network secure?

You probably know to lock your front door in order to keep your home safe. You might file or shred confidential documents to keep your information safe. But do you know how to keep your home wireless network safe? From leeching onto your internet plan to tracking your actions online, an insecure network puts you at risk to many cyber attacks. Luckily, it’s easy enough for anyone to ensure their home wireless network is protected, and we here at the Ruth E. Dickinson branch are offering you the chance to learn how. Visit us on Thursday April 4th for “How to Secure a Home Wireless Network”, a program offered by the Ottawa PC Users’ Group. And if you’re looking for more information on threats to your computer’s safety and how to avoid them, check out the resources below.

Computer Network Security by Amy_library_biblio

Resources to keep you aware of potential threats to your computer, and how to keep yourself safe