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  • Contactless Returns and Holds Pickup Service at OPL


    OPL offers contactless returns and holds pickup service at select branches, during new hours of operation. 

    • RETURNS will be accepted only during hours of operation, no appointment necessary. Due dates for currently checked out materials have been extended and late fees suspended. 
    • HOLDS PICKUP: As of July 27, appointments are no longer needed to pick up holds, except at Rosemount (temporary location). You can pick up your available holds during opening hours at branches offering contactless service.    
    • Rosemount (temporary location) will offer curbside service starting Monday, July 27. Holds pickups are by appointment only at this location. 
    • UPDATE: Starting Monday, August 17, additional in-person services will be offered at select branches and new branch locations will reopen. Find out more.

    Masks are required to be worn inside Ottawa Public Library branches, as per the Temporary Mandatory Mask By-law. 
    For information about Library cards, virtual programs, and more, contact InfoService by phone or email. 


James Bartleman Archives and Library Materials Centre

James Bartleman Archives and Library Materials Centre

100 Tallwood Dr.

Ottawa  K2G 4R7

The James Bartleman Archives and Library Materials Centre opened on Monday, June 27, 2011. The City of Ottawa Archives and the Ottawa Public Library, two key city institutions, were brought together in this 92,000-square-foot building.

  • The area designated for OPL is not accessible to the public. However, the City of Ottawa Archives Reference Room is open to the public. Take virtual tour of the archives.
  • The Collection Management and Materials Delivery teams receive new materials and ship them out through the Library system, to the tune of 70 tonnes per week.
  • It’s the only Library location certified as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), and achieved Gold Status. The LEED rating system reflects the level of green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.
  • This facility was made possible with a $20 million dollar contribution from the Provincial Government’s Municipal Infrastructure Investment.
  • A commissioned piece of art titled Archive by Don Maynard is tethered to the ground by ropes and boulders at the front of the building. This sculpture consists of a stainless steel house floating 6 meters above the plaza.
  • This building has received these honours: 
  • The Ottawa Urban Design Award of Merit in the Public Places and Civic Spaces category. The project team was honoured in October 2011:
    • Wendy Brawley and Gerry Shoalts, Barry J. Hobin & Associates Architects Inc. in association with Shoalts and Zaback Architects Ltd.
    • Don Maynard, Artist
    • Richard Cunliffe, Cunliffe & Associates
    • Francis Bann and Chris Myres, Goodkey Weedmark & Associates
    • Ron Cebryk, Novatech Engineering
    • Jerry Corush, Corush Sunderland Wright Ltd.
    • Chris Wanczycki, City of Ottawa
  • The Ontario Association of Architects Award for Design Excellence, received by Shoalts and Zaback  Architects Ltd. And Barry J. Hobin and Associates Architects Inc. in May 2012