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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.

Zap Stress During Your Exam Cram!!!


Teen Exam Cram will take place from Wednesday January 20th 2016 until Monday February 1st 2016, where Ottawa Public Library branch staff members will be handing out treats, highlighters, and post it notes in order to help students prepare for their upcoming exams and final semester assignments. OPL also has numerous items that you can borrow that can help you prep for exams as well as help relieve stress during this busy time of year. If you are feeling overwhelmed at anytime and need further support, there are numerous help lines that are available to you free of charge.

Kids Help Phone:  #1-800-668-6868

Crisis Line: #613-722-6914 (Within Ottawa) or #1-866-966-0991 (Outside Ottawa)

For the average high school student, life is full of potential stressors. In a recent survey conducted by the Canadian Education Association (CEA), nine hundred Grade 7 students were asked to identify what are some factors that create stress in their lives. 33% of students stated that “academic difficulties” was the greatest stressor (CEA: 2015). Adaptive coping strategies can help relieve stress during your upcoming January exam cram. Here are ten quick relaxation techniques that help zap stress fast:

1. Meditate/Breathe Deeply

2. Squeeze a Stress ball

3. Slow Down; Be Present

4. Reach out to friends and family

5. Laugh out loud

6. Crank up the tunes

7. Get moving

8. Take a Nap

9. Eat some chocolate

10. Read a book

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Calm Girl

Yoga for Stress Relief
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Tips, Tools, and Techniques for Acing High School and College
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How Not to Choke on Tests

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The Ultimate Guide to Tests and Studying
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Dr. Walton's Tension Relief

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