UPDATE: Additional Services at OPL Branches – Starting Feb. 22


Starting Monday, February 22:

  • 25 of our 28 open branches will offer returns and holds pick up inside the branches, as well as browsing, and use of public computers.
  • Rosemount, Orléans, and Metcalfe branches will offer contactless returns and holds pick up inside the branches.
  • The Bookmobile will offer browsing of a small collection at all stops.
  • Hours of operation will remain the same.
  • Mask wearing inside the branches, and outside in line, remain mandatory.

For more details, go to the OPL blog.

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A bit of history

The library was founded in 1906 with a donation from the Carnegie Foundation. The history of OPL between 1906-2001 is available in The Library Book by Phil Jenkins.


On January 1, 2001, the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton was amalgamated as the City of Ottawa. The 25 branches within these outlying Library systems merged with OPL’s eight branches to become one united Ottawa Public Library.

  • Cumberland Township Library
  • Gloucester Public Library
  • Goulbourn Township Library
  • Kanata Public Library
  • Nepean Library
  • Ottawa Public Library
  • Rideau Township Library
  • Rockcliffe Park Public Library
  • Vanier Public Library
  • West Carleton Township Library

Who’s been at the helm

  • 2012 - present: Danielle McDonald, CEO
  • 2012 (acting, January to March): Elaine Condos, City Librarian
  • 1995 - 2011: Barbara Clubb, City Librarian
  • 1979 - 1995: Gilles Frappier, Chief Librarian
  • 1953 - 1979: Claude Aubry, Chief Librarian
  • 1936 - 1953: Frederick Jennings, Chief Librarian
  • 1912 - 1936: William Sykes, City Librarian
  • 1905 - 1912: Lawrence Burpee, Chief Librarian

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