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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Intro to the Zero Waste Lifestyle


Tired of the amount of solid waste that you produce in your daily life? This workshop provides an introduction to the zero-waste lifestyle with practical tips to jumpstart your own journey towards zero waste. You will learn about the "5 Rs" and how to apply them to your daily life. It also presents the environmental, financial and health benefits that come with a life where you own less, waste less and live more.

Valerie is a native of France and spent many years in Germany before immigrating to Canada in 2003. After a career in Business, she became a high school teacher with the OCDSB in 2008. In 2016, she started adopting a zero waste lifestyle and identified a need for a grocery store that would be designed and conceived for zero waste shopping. The idea became a business plan, and the business plan became a reality.

U Grocery opened in August 2017 in Ottawa's Hintonburg neighbourhood. Its mission is to offer an alternative to today's wasteful consumerist lifestyle and to educate on waste and its environmental impact. In October 2019, NU Grocery opened its second location in Old Ottawa East.