Contactless services inside branches – effective June 14

11/06/2021

As of June 14, 2021, there will be contactless services inside most branches, with capacity limits in place. This means:

  • Holds can be picked up on shelves and checked out at self-checkout stations.
  • Borrowed items can be returned via book drops anytime.
  • Access to PCs, Chromebooks, and printing, where these are available.
  • Hours of operation remain the same, except at Osgoode.
  • Mask-wearing remains mandatory inside, and outside in line.

For more details, go to Current Branch Services.

NOTICE: Main Branch

Due to COVID-19 health and safety measures, the 3rd floor of the Main branch is closed.

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Hours for the week of Jun 14, 2021
Day of weekOpening times
Monday10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesday10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Next system-wide closure: Jul 01, 2021

As of June 14, 2021, there will be contactless services inside most branches, with capacity limits in place. This means:

  • Holds can be picked up on shelves and checked out at self-checkout stations.
  • Borrowed items can be returned via book drops anytime.
  • Access to PCs, Chromebooks, and printing is allowed, where these are available.

Masks are required to be worn in line outside of Ottawa Public Library branches, as per the Temporary Mandatory Mask By-law.

For more details, go to Current Branch Services.

  • 120 Metcalfe
    OttawaOntario K1P 5M2
    613-580-2940 (Infoservice)
    Public transit routes:
    6,7,14,15,16,19
Main / Centrale Branch - Metcalfe and Laurier

Nearest branches

Rideau Branch
377 Rideau
Sunnyside Branch
1049 Bank
Exterior of Rosemount branch
18 Rosemount
Transit next stop time
QUEEN / METCALFE ( 1228 )
Bus number Time Direction

Route number15
04:18
Parliament

Route number57
19:00
19:00
Bells Corners

Route number61
19:00
Stittsville & N Rideau & Gatineau

Route number75
19:00
19:00
Barrhaven Centre
SLATER / METCALFE ( 3008 )
Bus number Time Direction

Please note that the 3rd floor of the Main branch is not currently accessible to the public due to COVID-19 health and safety measures. The following collections are not available: Reference collection, Ottawa Room collection, microfilm, microfilm readers, and computers on the 3rd floor.

List of meeting rooms, capacities and links to reserve.
Title Capacity Rates Note
Room B125 35 Regular Room Rates Includes a whiteboard (no markers). Does not include cords, laptop, or technical assistance. There is no screen in the room , but it is possible to project onto the wall.
Auditorium 189 Auditorium Rates Includes a podium and microphone. If you require a table in the lobby please add to the note field. Does not include cords, a laptop or technical assistance. There is no screen in the auditorium, but it is possible to project onto the wall. Please note that no food or beverages can be consumed in the Auditorium. Light refreshments are allowed only outside of the Auditorium.

Branch features

The hub of the 33-branch OPL system, the Main branch the largest library in the system, with the greatest selection of material of all kinds and the most public access Internet stations in the city. Located downtown in the heart of the business and government communities, the Main branch is the place for reference services, including the Ottawa Room, which holds an extensive collection of local historical documents.

The Main branch received these improvements in 2014.

  • Renovated children’s area including a new floor plan with improved sight lines
  • Furniture upgrades
  • Increased public space on the 3rd floor
  • Consolidation of all bookable public internet computers for adults, on the 3rd floor
  • RFID technology installation
  • New point of service