• 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. 


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Genome Mate Pro Workshop

Have you done your DNA?  Wondering what else to do with it?

Join Jason Porteous, Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, explain how to use Genome Mate Pro and other tools such as Borland Genetics which allow you to partially/fully phase your DNA test results.  That is, separate your maternal from paternal chromosome to create a "mono" DNA kit that on GEDmatch will return matches to one parent while also greatly reducing false matches!  Chromosome mapping may also be discussed. 

*Bring your Laptop/Tablet & your DNA data (downloaded from your test company), as Genome Mate Pro works with your results.

Before the Session:

Download your match information. This can be done for FTDNA, MyHeritage, & 23andMe using DNAGedcom, & for Ancestry it can't be done directly but is doable indirectly by matching others from Ancestry or any company who have transferred to the third party site Gedmatch.

Jason, a Genealogist and DNA Expert, recommends everyone, regardless of what test, transfer to Gedmatch to allow across company comparisons and to generate the largest match list of genetic cousins possible!

*Please read their terms of service closely. This site now has an opt in/opt out choice everyone needs to answer regarding their choice of allowing/not allowing their DNA to be matched to Law Enforcement samples being used to look for violent criminals or missing persons.




Age group

Adults 50-plus