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  • UPDATE – Provincial announcement regarding public libraries and pickups

    28/05/2020

    We greatly appreciate the Province’s announcement that as part of the first phase of reopening libraries can begin to offer pick-up or delivery of materials. 

    There is a lot of work to do be able to offer these services while ensuring the safety of our employees and our customers. Our plan to resume our physical services needs to account for physical distancing requirements, provision of personal protective equipment, enhanced sanitary controls, and new protocols for employees and customers. We are working on offering holds pick-ups as soon as we can safely do so.  

    We will be communicating all new developments in our service offering to you on all our platforms, as soon as we have updates. 

    Thank you for your patience as we move through this rapidly evolving situation. 

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    OPL branches, Bookmobile stops and Homebound delivery services are closed until June 30, 2020. The closure is in response to advice from Ottawa Public Health (OPH) with regards to COVID-19 (coronavirus) for the health and safety of our community. We will continue to monitor the situation and reassess as the situation evolves. Currently, please note:  

    • Due dates for all currently checked out materials have been extended and late fees suspended.
    • Book drops are not available since branches are closed. Hold on to OPL items and return them when branches reopen. 
    • Holds are suspended, and pick up expiry dates extended. This includes interlibrary loans (ILL).
    • Meeting room rentals are cancelled, and fees are being refunded; and
    • Computer bookings, programs, events and outreach activities are cancelled.
    • Expired cards, or those about to expire, have been extended. 

    You can use the Library online:

    We thank you for your patience and support, and we look forward to seeing you online and in person again soon.

Imagine Space and Labs

The Ottawa Public Library is a place for exploration and discovery where we provide tools and resources – high-tech and low tech – to enable creation and inspire learning at any age or stage of life. OPL spaces, tools, collections, and programs, are designed to spark curiosity and build connections that bring our community to life. Feed your imagination.

In April 2014, the Ottawa Public Library (OPL) and the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa collaborated to open Ottawa’s first public makerspace entitled Imagine Space – an American corner. Makerspaces are creation and collaboration hubs, offering technologies and tools that allow customers to experiment and to create in a social setting. They are built on the premise that knowledge and learning is often better transmitted via sharing, collective problem solving, and task performance.

The following cutting edge equipment is available in the Imagine Space:

  • 3D printing and modeling
  • Laser cutting
  • Photo, video and audio editing
  • Green screen and video gear 
  • Hand tools and electronics
  • Wall-to-wall whiteboard

Branch

Nepean Centrepointe
101 Centrepointe

Using the digitization station you can preserve your historical photos and documents. 

  • scan, preserve and print your historical photos
  • batch scan slides to digital files
  • convert VHS tapes to DVD and 8mm film to digital files
  • photo paper, $2.00 for 8.5 x 11; $1.00 for 4 x 6; USB $6.00; SD card $20, and DVDs $1.00.
  • equipment is bookable for self-directed use.
  • the mouse, keyboard and scanner parts need to be signed out at the Hub.

 

Branch

Beaverbrook
2500 Campeau

The music editing stations stations allow library users to produce, record, and edit audio files.

  • The stations are equipped with a music keyboard, headphones, and a Mac Pro with four editing software: GarageBand, Ableton Live, Logic Pro X, and MuseScore.
  • They can be booked for a 2-hour duration online 
  • Before your session begins, please speak with a staff member at the 2nd floor Hub to borrow a music editing kit which contains everything you need to get started on the stations.
  • You will need to bring your own storage media to save your work, but USB keys are available at the library for $6.00.
  • Please note that children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

The Friends of the Ottawa Public Library (FOPLA) have donated two music editing stations to the Ruth E. Dickinson branch.

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