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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Going Grassless: Meadowscaping Your Yard

Seeds, vegetables, and plant pots

Are you tired of weeding, mowing, watering your lawn?  Have you considered going grassless?  Master Gardener Julianne Labreche decided to remove the turf grass from her front yard and transform the yard into a ‘meadowscape’ for pollinators, including bees and butterflies.  Julianne will discuss

  • the ‘how’s and why’s’  of going grassless
  • a brief history of the North American lawn
  • costs, challenges and care of lawns
  • zone-appropriate plant alternatives to sod
  • ideas and inspiration on ways to create a grassless front garden

About the speaker:
Julianne Labreche has been a Master Gardener for over two decades with the Master Gardeners of Ottawa-Carleton. She is also certified as a Master Naturalist. Her nature and garden articles are published regularly in Lee Valley Tools. Julianne’s garden is certified with the Canadian Wildlife Federation and with Monarch Watch. She is a recipient of an Ontario Service Medal for her volunteer work. She loves to garden ‘on the wild side’ with a focus on native plants, pollinators and birds.