Step 1: Contactless services inside most open branches


There are contactless services inside most of our 31 open branches, with strict capacity limits in place, as of June 14, 2021, except at Metcalfe Village, Orléans and Rosemount. This means:

  • Pick up holds and check them out at self-checkout stations.
  • Return borrowed items to book drops anytime.
  • Access to PCs, Chromebooks, and printing, where these are available.
  • No other services: no browsing, no washroom access.
  • Mask-wearing remains mandatory inside, and outside in line.

For details, go to Current Branch Services.

Construction at Ruth E. Dickinson branch

This is to inform Ottawa Public Library customers whose home branch is Ruth E. Dickinson, that access to the branch is currently by way of the adjacent school parking lot while the Library parking lot is undergoing improvements.  The work is expected to take approximately four weeks. Noise and dust are expected at times. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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Ruth E. Dickinson

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.

  • 100 Malvern
    OttawaOntario K2J 2G5
    613-580-2940 (Infoservice)
    Public transit routes:
    170,173, 272
Ruth E. Dickinson Branch

Nearest branches

Nepean Centrepointe Branch
101 Centrepointe
Centennial Branch
3870 Old Richmond
Emerald Plaza Branch
1547 Merivale
Transit next stop time
Bus number Time Direction

Route number170
Fallowfield & CFIA
Bus number Time Direction

Route number170
Barrhaven Centre
List of meeting rooms, capacities and links to reserve.
Title Capacity Rates
Meeting Room 60 Regular Room Rates

Branch features

This branch is named after the first chair of the Nepean Public Library. The branch is unique in that it shares space with the Walter Baker Sports Centre and John McCrae Secondary School. This very child-friendly branch boasts a spacious children's section and is the centre of a vibrant, growing community.