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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.


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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Ottawa – As in past years, this June, Ottawa Public Library (OPL) will proudly celebrate National Indigenous History Month. Due to the unique situation in which we find ourselves, our programs and events (details below) will take place online. 


Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Ottawa - The Chair of the Ottawa Public Library Board, in consultation with the CEO, has called a special meeting of the Ottawa Public Library Board for Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 9 am in accordance with Section 16(1)(a)(b) of the OPL Board Rules of Procedure By-law.

Monday, May 25, 2020

OTTAWA – Ottawa Public Library (OPL) is organizing two timely author events in partnership with the Ottawa International Writers Festival and Library and Archives Canada. Members of the public can watch both events on Zoom after registration or on Facebook Live.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

OTTAWA - Ottawa Public Library (OPL) today delivered eight Chromebooks and a WiFi hotspot to Ottawa’s Youth Services Bureau (YSB) for the temporary isolation centre YSB has set up in partnership with CHEO.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

OTTAWA - After long hours of work, the jury members of the Awesome Authors contest announced the winners through videos now available on the Ottawa Public Library (OPL) website.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

OTTAWA – The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) will be hosting a series of online gardening programs for anyone interested in learning more about g

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

OTTAWA – Ottawa Public Library (OPL) is organizing a new set of fun online singalongs with local musicians and singers – especially for adults 55 years and over, though open to anyone who likes to sing.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

OTTAWA – Despite these uncertain times, Ottawa Public Library (OPL) continues to offer its educational series for adults 55 years of age and older, and their caregivers, to promote healthy aging.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

OTTAWA – In honour of William Shakespeare’s birthday, Ottawa Public Library (OPL), in partnership with Company of Fools, presents a live theatrical reading of Act 1 of The Tempest, directed and adapted by Ray Hogg.

Friday, April 17, 2020

OTTAWA – The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) features its ever-growing online movie streaming resources as part of the National Canadian Film Day celebration on April 22.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Ottawa - The Ottawa Public Library Board held its regular April meeting yesterday virtually – a first for the library board.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

OTTAWA – The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) and the Association des auteures et auteurs de l'Ontario français (AAAOF), in partnership with Library and Archives Canada (LAC) and La Nouvelle Scène, are pleased to announce that the Croisée des mots author event will now be available on

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

OTTAWA – It’s National Poetry Month and Ottawa Public Library is inviting you to dive into the fascinating world of poetry.

Friday, April 3, 2020


Monday, March 30, 2020

OTTAWA - Always here for you!

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Ottawa - Library and Archives Canada, the Ottawa International Writers Festival and Ottawa Public Library invite you to an evening of discussion with

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

The Main branch of Ottawa Public Library will be closed on Saturday, Sunday, March 7, 2020, in order to complete emergency repair work.


Friday, February 28, 2020

Ottawa – The Main branch of Ottawa Public Library will remain closed Saturday, February 29 and Sunday, March 1, 2020, due to emergency repairs.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Ottawa – This March, the Ottawa Public Library (OPL) is celebrating Francophonie Month with a full schedule of programs showcasing Canada’s Francophone talent.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Ottawa – Educators, families, allies, and community members are coming together to promote reading and show their support for transgender, gender-creative, and non-binary youth with readings of I Am Jazz, by Jessica Herth