Provincial State of Emergency: Impact to OPL Services


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 cannot pick up your hold on time, please cancel it in your online account or contact Infoservice before the pickup date. 

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Canadian Black History in the Making : Youth Panel

Join us for an inspiring evening and a chance to meet three remarkable young Black Canadians, Laura Doyle Péan, Awa Hanane Diagne and Odobie Mcallister.  Poet and writers, founders, educators, entrepreneurs, prestigious scholarship winners and leaders of social justice!  All before the age of 20!   

Laura, Awa and Odobie will talk about their courageous leadership projects and the challenges they had to overcome.  Ottawa Public Library is celebrating Black History Month by highlighting young Canadian leaders in the making.  


Awa Hanane Diagne founded a non for profit The woke Folk at 17 years old to fund education for girls in Africa. She is also a Loran Scholar.

Odobie Macllister, a young 16 year-old who lives with Sickle Cell Disease, created her own business to attain financial freedom. 

Laura Doyle Péan, at 20 years old, is a former librarian and graduate of the Communications and Cinema program at Cégep Limoilou, Laura is a poet and activist and is studying law at McGill University. 

The panel will be moderated by Biba Tinga, President of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of Canada. Born in Niger, West Africa, Biba immigrated to Canada where she brings a wealth of experience and longstanding dedication to improving conditions for people with sickle cell disease. She also serves on the Board of Directors of GASCDO, the Global Alliance for Sickle Cell Disease Organizations.