Website Maintenance: Saturday, July 31


We will be performing maintenance to our systems. Access to your OPL account and search functions will be unavailable from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm Saturday, July 31. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Colonel By Day: August 2


All Ottawa Public Library branches will be closed on Monday, August 2. Virtual services and loans can be accessed on our website. 

Temporary closure: Alta Vista


Due to upgrades to the front entrance, the Alta Vista branch will be closed from July 26 to August 8. There will be no returns or holds pick-up during that time. Alta Vista branch will reopen August 9 at 10 am.   

Step 3: More services inside most open branches


Browsing, public computers, newspapers and magazines are available inside most of our 31 open branches, with capacity limits for two-metre distancing. Up to 200 items can also be put on hold.

Starting July 26:

Mask-wearing remains mandatory inside, and outside in line. For more details, go to Current Branch Services.

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#AskALibrarian every Thursday!


Stuck at home and need ideas on what to read next? You know what kind of book you want to read but not an exact title or author? Ask a librarian! Our expert team is ready to answer all your questions and make personalized recommendations.

Every Thursday, from noon until 1 pm, our librarians will be recommending books to you based on what you have read and enjoyed, or on what you would like to read, via Twitter #AskALibrarian.

Follow us at @opl_bpo to view the recommended titles, and join in on the conversation!

We would love to answer your book-related queries, or anything Library-related! 


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via Twitter #AskALibrarian. Please Stop not everyone twitter or Face books please be accessible to all the public