Step 1: Contactless services inside most open branches


There are contactless services inside most of our 31 open branches, with capacity limits in place, as of June 14, 2021, except at Metcalfe Village, Orléans and Rosemount. 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 details, go to Current Branch Services.

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Celebrate Seniors’ Month at the Library!

Jun 4 2020

OTTAWA Ottawa Public Library (OPL) is inviting the Ottawa community to celebrate Senior’s Month in Ontario. This year’s theme is Aging Strong: Respect and Protect Seniors, and throughout June, OPL will offer events and activities for older adults. Lifelong learning is key to successful aging and living; and it is at the heart of the Library’s purpose. These programs are generously funded by the Ottawa Community Foundation and the City of Ottawa’s Older Adult Plan.


Laws Protecting Older Adults - Lawyers with expertise in the unique legal issues and needs of older adults will discuss a variety of topics, including capacity concerns, the importance of powers of attorney, and remedies for financial abuse of seniors. This event will take place on Monday, June 8 at 2 pm and Wednesday, June 10 at 5:30 pm.


Managing your Financial Health during COVID-19 - A webinar delivered by an officer from the CRA to learn more about the benefits that the Government of Canada has introduced to help Canadians manage during COVID-19. This event will take place on Tuesday, June 9 at 2 pm.


Seniors Fitness: Chair Yoga - Georgia Morissette of Georgia Yoga Inc. will lead participants in gentle chair yoga exercises designed for older adults. Yoga is a safe, effective way to enhance one’s physical health and overall wellness through stretching, breathing, and meditation practices. These events will take place on Fridays, June 12, 19 and 26 at 10 am.


MediaSmarts on how to tell what’s true online - A workshop that will teach everyone four quick, easy steps to spot misinformation and find out if something online is true or not! This is especially important as we are all following social media for the latest news during the COVID-19 pandemic. This event will take place on Tuesday, June 16 at 2 pm.


Making a Plan for Future Living - Caroline Inman, principal advisor with Ottawa's Solva Senior Living, will teach the importance of planning ahead for future accommodations; looking at options for senior living up to Long Term Care and how to remain in the driver's seat with choices. This event will take place on Monday, June 22 at 2 pm.


Forget-me-Not Series: Memory Cafés - This program is designed for persons with Alzheimer's or other form of dementia and their care partners. We will share interactive games that promote mental stimulation and present items that may spark memories and conversations. We will share a short-story together and play some music to dance into the rest of our day. These events will take place on Thursdays, June 11, 18 and 25 at 2 pm.


Dementia: using technology to facilitate aging in place - Dr. Knoefel talks about The Bruyère Memory Program and the potential of “smart” sensors to identify changes in how people move and think as they get older, to learn patterns and intervene, if needed. This event will take place Wednesday, June 24 at 5 pm.


The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) is the largest bilingual (English/French) public library system in North America. The OPL extends public access to information and services through the library’s 34 branches, physical and virtual at, as well as two mobile libraries and a vending machine-style lending library service. Serving close to one million Ottawa residents, OPL’s mission is to inspire learning, spark curiosity, and connect people. Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook Contact us at 613-580-2940 or InfoService@BiblioOttawaLibrary.caIf it’s out there, it’s in here!