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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Book a computer

We are in the process of modernizing the Library's public computer, printing and photocopying systems. As of June 29, 2021, 22 branches have the new systems installed, with 11 more branches to come. During the transition, computers, printers and photocopiers may function differently or may be temporarily unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Please make use of the online print request form as an alternative printing method until the new systems are in place. A fee of 10 cents per page will be added to your account, which is payable in-branch by credit or debit.

Printing and photocopy costs can be paid through the Library's online payment system (SmartPay). Branch employees can provide assistance at a safe distance.