Provincial State of Emergency: Impact to OPL Services


OPL services have not been impacted by the provincial announcement on Tuesday, January 12. Curbside returns and holds pickup services will continue at open branches.

Hours of operation will remain the same for most branches. Greely, North Gower, and Richmond branches will shift their hours to close by 8 p.m., and all Bookmobile stops will close by 8 p.m.

For details about current services, please visit this page.

HOLDS: If you cannot pick up your hold on time, please cancel it in your online account or contact Infoservice before the pickup date. 


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Monday, January 18, 2021

OTTAWA — This year is the 26th anniversary of Black History Month in Canada.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

OTTAWA—Family Literacy Day, celebrated on January 27, was created by Life Literacy Canada in 1999 to raise awareness about the importance of reading and engaging in literacy-related activities as a family.

Thursday, January 7, 2021

OTTAWA— Croisée des mots is back this winter! As of January 13, 2021, Croisée des mots will feature a fascinating line-up of accomplished francophone authors from or connected to the National Capital Region. C

Monday, January 4, 2021

OTTAWA—There is no shortage of great activities for kids this winter! The Ottawa Public Library has put together a ton of activities sure to capture your kids’ interest, awaken their curiosity and desire to learn, and fill them with the joy of discovery.

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

OTTAWA – To start off the new year, Ottawa Public Library invites all cardholders to enjoy free, unlimited simultaneous access to Vi by Kim Thúy, in eBook and eAudiobook formats across diff

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

OTTAWA - Ottawa Public Library will be scaling back some of its services in compliance with the provincial shutdown set to begin on December 26.

Friday, December 11, 2020

OTTAWA – More than 600 public libraries across Canada, are inviting readers from St John’s to Nanaimo to Whitehorse to start the new year by reading together the “exquisite” and celebrated novel Vi in the first national, bilingual (English and

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Do you have a flair for writing, a talent for telling a good story, and the desire to express your ideas with the world? Well then, on your mark, get set… write!

Friday, November 13, 2020

Ottawa Public Library is always looking for ways to support literacy and a love of reading by providing resources and tools for children and parents. In partnership with the U.S.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Ever imagined yourself on the big screen? Ottawa’s film, television, and animation industry is a vibrant sector contributing over $100 million to the local economy each year.

Monday, November 2, 2020

While this year continues to be anything but ordinary, fans of the Ottawa Children’s Storytelling Festival eagerly await the opportunity to escape to, and delight in, the world of stories.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Ottawa – Ottawa Public Library (OPL) will hold a virtual media availability after today’s Ottawa Public Library Board meeting.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Now that sitting in a packed theatre is off the table for the foreseeable future, Ottawa Public Library is partnering with a Company of Fools to bring Love from Afar, a unique and original Shakespearian mashup, to your home and screen. 

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Tuesday, September 22, 2020

OTTAWA.- September 30 is Orange Shirt Day! To recognize this important day, Ottawa Public Library in collaboration with the City of Ottawa and other Indigenous community organizations is hosting a series of virtual events on the theme of resilience.