• 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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Out of Old Ontario Kitchens: The Fundamental Importance of Our Culinary History


Come to meet Lindy Mechefske, the award-winning author of Out of Old Ontario Kitchens; Sir John’s Table: The Culinary Life and Times of Canada’s First Prime Minister; and A Taste of Wintergreen.  Lindy is food columnist with the Kingston Whig-Standard, Canada’s oldest newspaper; editor of the Kingston WritersFest newsletter; and writer for a variety of Canadian magazines and literary journals.

Come find out more about why food stories are the real stories of our lives. Food is central to our history. Cooking too. How we ate and survived are as important now as they have ever been! 

Copies of Out of Old Ontario Kitchens will be for sale at the end of Lindy's talk. 



Age group

Adults 50-plus