Website Maintenance: Saturday, July 31


We will be performing maintenance to our systems. Access to your OPL account and search functions will be unavailable from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm Saturday, July 31. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Colonel By Day: August 2


All Ottawa Public Library branches will be closed on Monday, August 2. Virtual services and loans can be accessed on our website. 

Temporary closure: Alta Vista


Due to upgrades to the front entrance, the Alta Vista branch will be closed from July 26 to August 8. There will be no returns or holds pick-up during that time. Alta Vista branch will reopen August 9 at 10 am.   

Step 3: More services inside most open branches


Browsing, public computers, newspapers and magazines are available inside most of our 31 open branches, with capacity limits for two-metre distancing. Up to 200 items can also be put on hold.

Starting July 26:

Mask-wearing remains mandatory inside, and outside in line. For more details, go to Current Branch Services.

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Sketching for Self-Care: Doodling and the superpowers of your brain!

Teen Staycation

Hey guess what?! Our brains are AMAZING and full of secret superpowers. Doodling is one of the best ways to explore the secret side of your brain. 

Join Brenda from Art in Jest for this very special drawing workshop!  You will learn simple drawing exercises to help get your brain to relax, focus, unwind. We'll play with cartooning and comic-making to help us come up with all KINDS of crazy new ideas. 

For ages 13-18. Registration required. Registrants will receive an additional email with the Zoom link ahead of the program.

Required material

If you already have a sketchbook or drawing materials you like, bring them along.

If you are new to drawing don't worry, a regular old pen and paper will do the trick!