Step 1: Contactless services inside most open branches

17/06/2021

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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Friends of the Public Library

The Friends of the Ottawa Public Library (FOPLA) is a fundraising group that work to support and promote the services of the Ottawa Public Library. Run by dedicated volunteers, FOPLA helps the Ottawa Public Library meet its goal of creating a strong library community in Ottawa.

FOPLA sells donated used books in 5 volunteer-run book stores and over 20 self-serve book stalls in library branches across the city, and also at a monthly Mammoth Used Book sale. FOPLA is proud to provide over $250,000 annually to the Ottawa Public Library for services and materials not covered by the municipal budget.

All library customers are welcome to join FOPLA through annual membership ($20 per Individual), or as part of their growing volunteer team. FOPLA is always looking for new, enthusiastic friends to help support their fundraising efforts. Volunteering with FOPLA is also an excellent way for secondary students to complete the 40 hours of community involvement required to graduate in Ontario. For more information on FOPLA, or to complete a volunteer application, please go to www.fopla-aabpo.ca.