Provincial State of Emergency: Impact to OPL Services

13/01/2021

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 would like to pause, cancel, or manage your holds, you can do so in your online account

NOTICE: Main Branch

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

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Main

Hours for the week of Jan 11, 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
SundayClosed

Next system-wide closure: Feb 15, 2021

Curbside returns and holds pickup service will be offered at this branch during the provincial shutdown period starting December 26. Customers will not be allowed inside the branch during this time. All in-branch services will not be available during the shutdown period. 

Customers will be able to return items and pick up holds without an appointment. Returns of library items will only be accepted during hours of operations. Customers will need to bring their library cards and line up at the branch entrance to pick up their holds. Mask wearing remains mandatory. 

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

Nearest branches

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

57
Bells Corners

6
09:22
09:50
Greenboro

61
Stittsville & N Rideau & Gatineau

7
09:15
09:56
Carleton

75
Barrhaven Centre
SLATER / METCALFE ( 3008 )
Bus number Time Direction

19
10:19
10:49
St-Laurent

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