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  • Contactless Returns and Holds Pickup Service at OPL


    OPL offers contactless returns and holds pickup service at select branches, during new hours of operation. 

    • RETURNS will be accepted only during hours of operation, no appointment necessary. Due dates for currently checked out materials have been extended and late fees suspended. 
    • HOLDS PICKUP: As of July 27, appointments are no longer needed to pick up holds, except at Rosemount (temporary location). You can pick up your available holds during opening hours at branches offering contactless service.    
    • Rosemount (temporary location) will offer curbside service starting Monday, July 27. Holds pickups are by appointment only at this location. 
    • UPDATE: Starting Monday, August 17, additional in-person services will be offered at select branches and new branch locations will reopen. Find out more.

    Masks are required to be worn inside Ottawa Public Library branches, as per the Temporary Mandatory Mask By-law. 
    For information about Library cards, virtual programs, and more, contact InfoService by phone or email. 


Adult literacy collections

The Ottawa Public Library's adult literacy collections:

  • help adult learners improve their reading, writing and math skills
  • offer materials to support adult literacy teachers

The reading levels of the collections range from grade one to grade eight, and the collection includes both fiction and non-fiction.

These resources are available in both English and French.

English adult literacy collections are available at these branches:

  • Alta Vista
  • Blackburn Hamlet
  • Carlingwood
  • Cumberland
  • Elmvale Acres
  • Emerald Plaza
  • Greenboro
  • Hazeldean
  • Main Library
  • Nepean Centrepointe
  • North Gloucester
  • Orléans
  • Rideau
  • Rosemount
  • St-Laurent
  • Vanier

French adult literacy collections are available at these branches:

  • Cumberland
  • Main Library
  • Rideau
  • St-Laurent
  • Vanier

All of these materials are available through the Library's catalogue and can be reserved for pick-up at any of our Library locations.