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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Interlibrary Loan

Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for your Interlibrary loan requests to be filled.

Please note that many libraries remain closed due to the pandemic. This has a direct effect on the length of time it takes to obtain requests. We appreciate your patience.

Looking for a book title not in our collection? As of July 2, 2019, we have resumed our Interlibrary Loan Service, where we search and borrow from other library catalogues.

OPL card holders can request four (4) Interlibrary Loans a month for items that are not in the OPL collection. When making a request be sure to check the OPL catalogue first. 

Please fill the Interlibrary Loan form with complete and accurate information for a successful search. Please note that you cannot request items that have been published in the last 12 months.

If an Ontario public library does not have your request but a library outside of Ontario does, with your permission on the ILL webform we may charge you cost recovery for postage and possible loan fees. Other fees may apply if material is returned late, or for an ILL item on hold that is not picked up.

We review frequently-asked-for titles and subjects that may be appropriate to purchase for our collection if still available in print, and if budget permits. We believe in providing collection access for our customers to the best of our abilities while balancing our fiscal and collection responsibilities.

Please note: You can enroll in the SmartLibrary service at any branch. The National Capital Region’s SmartLibrary card allows access to a local library network that includes Ottawa’s university and museum libraries. No interlibrary loans will be completed if available through SmartLibrary