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  • OPL branches closed

    OPL branches, Bookmobile stops and Homebound delivery services are closed until further notice. The closure is in response to advice from Ottawa Public Health (OPH) with regards to COVID-19 (coronavirus) for the health and safety of our community. We will continue to monitor the situation and reassess as the situation evolves. Currently, please note:  

    • Due dates for all currently checked out materials have been extended and late fees suspended.
    • Book drops are not available since branches are closed. Hold on to OPL items and return them when branches reopen. 
    • Holds are suspended, and pick up expiry dates extended. This includes interlibrary loans (ILL).
    • Meeting room rentals are cancelled, and fees are being refunded; and
    • Computer bookings, programs, events and outreach activities are cancelled.
    • Expired cards, or those about to expire, have been extended. 

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    We thank you for your patience and support, and we look forward to seeing you online and in person again soon.

CANCELLED The Historical Society of Ottawa Speaker Series (Afternoon) 1:00 pm Lecture: HATPINS & DEFIANCE - THE BATTLE IN OTTAWA AGAINST REGULATION 17

The March 25th Lecture will be CANCELLED.

Did the Ontario provincial government in 1912 imagine the anger and defiance that would result when they passed legislation to outlaw French-language education in Ontario schools?  Could the government have anticipated that two young sisters in Ottawa would defy the authorities and secretly continue to teach to Franco-Ontarian children in their mother tongue?​

Could they have predicted that outraged mothers and fathers of those students would surround the local school armed with hatpins, brooms, rolling pins and frying pans… and successfully fend off platoons of police for the sake of their children’s education?​

Join us and learn about this amazing story of passion and courage from Ottawa’s past.


Offered in partnership with the Historical Society of Ottawa.




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