Step 1: Contactless services inside most open branches


There are contactless services inside most of our 31 open branches, with strict capacity limits in place, as of June 14, 2021, except at Metcalfe Village, Orléans and Rosemount. This means:

  • Pick up holds and check them out at self-checkout stations.
  • Return borrowed items to book drops anytime.
  • Access to PCs, Chromebooks, and printing, where these are available.
  • No other services: no browsing, no washroom access.
  • Mask-wearing remains mandatory inside, and outside in line.

For details, go to Current Branch Services.

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Sketching Nature Part 1 and Part 2

art supplies

Do you like drawing?  Join local independent artist and instructor Maya Hum in this two-part workshop. Explore a way to relax by sketching your natural surroundings. No experience necessary!  Discover tips and tricks by artists to sketch nature with ease! We will learn the basics of drawing and how to create captivating compositions in this class.  

Register to attend and to receive the Zoom link.  Kits with supplies and instructions will be available for pickup at four branches locations a week before Part 1.  Arrangements for pickup will be made by email.  

In Part 1 we will talk about Tips and tricks for developing a daily sketching practice.  In this lesson we will cover easy and quick ways to sketch from nature on a regular basis. We will cover trees, animals and composition!

In Part 2 we will take a closer look at nature’s landscape! Dive deeper into the details in this lesson: textures, layout, and landscapes will be covered today. As well as how to use charcoal as a drawing medium.

If you have questions, email us at or phone InfoService 613-580-2940.

Aging Well Together at the Library Wellness Friday programs are offered in partnership with City of Ottawa, and are funded by the City of Ottawa Older Adult Plan.


Maya Hum is an artist and arts instructor whose work has been featured in publications, campaigns, and exhibitions throughout Canada and Europe; her work can also be found on several public murals throughout the city of Ottawa. Maya is inspired to create art and art lessons about conserving the well-being of others, yourself, and the environment.