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  • UPDATE – Provincial announcement regarding public libraries and pickups


    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. 


    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.

Letter of intent

Whereas the Ottawa Public Library Board and the City of Ottawa Council have approved development of a new Central Library as a 2015-2018 strategic priority; and,

Whereas the Central Library Development Project planning phase is underway; and,

Whereas development of a new build Central Library is an exciting City-building initiative; and,

Whereas Library and Archives Canada expressed interest through the Ottawa Public Library/City of Ottawa Request for Expressions of Interest: Central Library Development Opportunity (REIO No. 01414-95600-EOI-1) process in exploring a potential and innovative partnership opportunity with respect to the Central Library Development Project and the development of a landmark facility in the Nation’s Capital; and,

Whereas Library and Archives Canada could relocate some of its functions from its current location at 395 Wellington Street by 2020; and,

Whereas the functions to be relocated from Library and Archives Canada are public facing and complementary in nature to some Ottawa Public Library services and programs; and, 

Whereas the Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada representatives would like to investigate potential synergies and co-location opportunities that may be provided through the Central Library Development Project;

Therefore, a Joint Project Steering Committee including representatives from the Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada, as well as other municipal and federal government entities respectively, as required, will be established to investigate terms of a potential partnership opportunity. See the composition of the Committee in Annex 1.



To facilitate and advance the work of the Joint Project Steering Committee, the undersigned parties agree to:

1.     Support a joint governance structure required for a successful project;

2.     Support and facilitate necessary project planning and communications strategy, including approvals, in a timely manner; and,

3.     Any shared costs to be incurred will be agreed to by the consensus of both parties. Costs may include planning studies and project deliverables.

The Joint Project Steering Committee will bring forward a report in 2016 including recommendations for next steps.


Original signed – January 15, 2016


Danielle McDonald     

Chief Executive Officer / Directrice générale     

Ottawa Public Library / Bibliothèque publique d’Ottawa   


Guy Berthiaume

Librarian and Archivist of Canada / Bibliothécaire et archiviste du Canada

Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada





Joint Project Steering Committee:

Ottawa Public Library - Danielle McDonald, Elaine Condos, Anna Basile, Representative from the City of Ottawa

Library and Archives Canada Guy Berthiaume, Hervé Déry, Serge Corbeil, Johanna Smith