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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.

Post Public Information

The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) distributes and posts pamphlets, flyers, newspapers, posters and other free material in accordance with the Library’s mission statement and the Canadian Library Association’s Statement on Intellectual Freedom. We will do our best to meet your needs but branch space and staff time for this free service is limited.


Material that is ACCEPTABLE for OPL posting

  • Items of general community interest in the areas of literacy, education, recreation, arts and culture
  • Community events, including fundraising events for non-profit organizations
  • Community special interest bulk publications
  • Material written in English, French or in both official languages

Material that is NOT ACCEPTABLE for OPL posting

  • Partisan or political material for individual political parties or candidates
  • Advertisements, private notices or solicitations for business
  • Petitions
  • Materials relating to events/activities taking place outside the City of Ottawa
  • Posters and materials larger than 8.5x11 inches
  • Material violating the Ontario Human Rights Code
  • Material omitting essential information such as date, time, place or fee
  • Material that promotes a specific faith


  • OPL is a bilingual institution and will give priority to bilingual material, particularly if it is intended for branches that serve a large bilingual population.
  • Priority is given to material produced by OPL, Friends of OPL Association, City of Ottawa and items that are relevant to Library customers.
  • Priority is given to events and programs that are free.



  • Size must be a maximum of  8.5 x 11 inches (horizontal or vertical orientation)
  • Provide one poster per branch
  • If the poster is double sided, allow two posters per branch

Documents (pamphlets, flyers, brochures, bookmarks)

Material must be

  • pre-bundled according to the quantity chart (below)
  • each bundle must be firmly labelled with a branch location


  • Request approval for material. Send a copy of the material to be distributed for approval electronically to
  • Prepare materials. Bundle and label materials as indicated quantity chart (below)
  • Print off the Material Distribution Form. Fill it out and drop it off with your material AT LEAST two weeks in advance of when it should be posted
  • Print off the approval e-mail. Drop it off with your material.
  • Drop off or Mail your material:
    • Drop off:

      • at any branch during open hours (indicate on package: Ottawa Public Library, Distribution, Mailcode 24-661)
      • on the book truck in the lobby of the James Bartleman Archives and Library Materials Centre at 100 Tallwood Dr., Nepean, ON K2G 4R7 (map) between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday-Friday
    • Mail your material:
      • Library Materials Delivery Centre
        James Bartleman Archives and Library Materials Centre 
        100 Tallwood Dr., Nepean, ON K2G 4R7 (map)


  • While OPL may distribute or post material, this does not imply that OPL endorses its content.
  • Materials distributed centrally for posting must be approved by the Communications team by sending an electronic copy of the item to
  • Materials distributed centrally does not guarantee that material will be posted in branches. Branches decide what to post based on local interest and space.
  • Two weeks must be allowed for the material to get to the branches.
  • For the distribution of institutional booklets (CRA’s tax preparation guide, Take it Back! Buy Local, School board course listings), please contact to discuss possible increase of copies per branch.     
  • Material that is dropped off without the following will be recycled:

Quantity Chart

Please bundle and label bookmarks, brochures, flyers as per the required number of items per branch.

List of branches and quantities for handouts and posters
Branch Handout Quantity Poster Quantity
Alta Vista 15 1
Beaverbrook 10 1
Blackburn Hamlet 10 1
Carlingwood 2 1
Carp 1 1
Centennial 10 1
Constance Bay 1 1
Cumberland 10 1
Elmvale Acres 5 1
Emerald Plaza 5 1
Fitzroy Harbour 1 1
Greely 1 1
Greenboro 15 1
Hazeldean 10 1
Main / Centrale 20 1
Manotick 1 1
Metcalfe 1 1
Munster 1 1
Nepean Centrepointe 20 1
North Gloucester Nord 10 1
North Gower 1 1
Orléans 10 1
Osgoode 1 1
Richmond 1 1
Rideau 5 1
Rockcliffe Park 5 1
Rosemount 5 1
Ruth E. Dickinson 10 1
St-Laurent 15 1
Stittsville 5 1
Sunnyside 15 1
Vanier 5 1
Vernon  1 1
Total 228 33


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