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The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) will be piloting changes to bookmobile stops on a trial basis starting July 3. These changes will allow OPL to respond to evolving community needs, and are based on the performance of each stop following the last schedule change in July 2016. We will be evaluating these changes  to ensure the best service possible and the OPL Board will approve any permanent changes or continued pilots in Fall 2017.

The changes include:

o   Adding three new stops: one in Ledbury, one in Carlington, and one in Overbook

o   The discontinuation of the Grant Alternative stop, following the school’s closure in June 2017

As we implement these changes, we will also adjust the time and day of 14 stops, including the relocation of four stops: Carleton Heights, Clearview (to be renamed Van Lang), and Regina St. School (to be renamed Lincoln Heights) and McGregor Easson (to be renamed Hog’s Back).

The new schedule will be effective July 3, 2017 and is available on the OPL website here

The bookmobile stops in 23 (soon to be 25) communities around the City. You can access all of OPL through Bookmobile Services:

  • Books, DVDs, magazines and more
  • Hold pickup
  • Return/borrow material
  • Get or renew a Library card
  • Material in French, English, and other languages
  • Reading recommendations
  • Answers for homework or research
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Free WiFi

The below bookmobile schedule will be effective Monday, July 3, 2017.  

Title Address Hours
Barrhaven South  3500 Cambrian Road

Monday from 7:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.

Bayshore 145 Woodridge Crescent

Monday 5:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m.

Bayview 185 Owl Drive

Wednesday 6:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. 

Blossom Park 2950 Bank Street

Monday 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Bridlewood 65 Stonehaven Drive

Fridays 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Caldwell 1520 Caldwell Avenue

Tuesday 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Cambridge 250 Cambridge Street North

Friday 2:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Carleton Heights 1665 Apeldoorn Avenue

Thursday 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

Carlington (pilot stop) 960 Silver Street Wednesday from 2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m
Carlsbad Springs 6020 Piperville Road

Saturday from 9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Carsons Grove 710 Carsons Road

Thursday from 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Farley Mowat School 75 Waterbridge Drive

Tuesday from 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. 

Grant Alternative   Discontinued
Hog’s Back (formerly  McGregor Easson) 885 Meadowlands Drive

Thursday from 6:00 p.m.‒7:00 p.m.

Hunt Club Centre 3310 McCarthy Road Wednesdays 2:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. 
Ledbury Banff (pilot stop) 2084 Banff Ave Thursday from 3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Lincoln Heights (formerly Regina) 1365 Richmond Rd 

Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. 

Morgan's Grant 4101 Innovation Drive

Monday from 3:30 p.m. – 5p.m.

Navan 1246 Colonial Road

Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Overbrook (pilot stop) 33 Quill Street Thursday from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Rideauview 4310 Shoreline Road

Wednesday from 2:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 – 8:15 p.m.

Riverside Mall 747 Ridgewood Avenue

Tuesday 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Sarsfield 3585 Sarsfield Road

Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Strathcona 731 Chapel Crescent Thursday from 11:30 a.m. –12:30 p.m.
Van Lang (formerly Clearview) 29 Van Lang Private Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Vars 5750 Buckland Road

Saturday from 1:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.


As an Island Park Towers resident, I am disappointed with this change to Van Lang. I will be retiring very soon and was looking forward to using the Bookmobile on Ellendale/Clearview where it has always been.
Lately, I have been using Rosemount's evening hours because I work Hull. Seems to me there is higher density at the Ellendale/Clearview stop although I do recognize that public housing is near Van Lang. I doubt I will walk up to Churchill and Scott to get to the Van Lang bookmobile stop.

While I sympathize with the loss of the Clearview stop, as an avid bookmobile user I certainly understand it. Although the density of the Clearview area is high, the number of users of the bookmobile at the Clearview stop is abysmal. People in the area have either stopped reading or they buy there books. I kept trying to encourage people "to use it or lose it" to no avail. I am just grateful that there is the Van Lang stop in the neighbourhood and I will certainly walk over there. Hopefully, it will encourage the people in the Van Lang complex to use this wonderful service.

Assuming this was done because there were more users from there than from Island Park Towers, then I'll accept the change.

Using the path from Lanark to the transit station and the stairs from that up to Van Lang Private, it is 615 meters further for me to walk. Obviously not as convenient but still a lot closer than most people live to a branch of the library.