Website Maintenance: Saturday, July 31

29/07/2021

We will be performing maintenance to our systems. Access to your OPL account and search functions will be unavailable from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm Saturday, July 31. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Colonel By Day: August 2

29/07/2021

All Ottawa Public Library branches will be closed on Monday, August 2. Virtual services and loans can be accessed on our website. 

Temporary closure: Alta Vista

23/07/2021

Due to upgrades to the front entrance, the Alta Vista branch will be closed from July 26 to August 8. There will be no returns or holds pick-up during that time. Alta Vista branch will reopen August 9 at 10 am.   

Step 3: More services inside most open branches

29/07/2021

Browsing, public computers, newspapers and magazines are available inside most of our 31 open branches, with capacity limits for two-metre distancing. Up to 200 items can also be put on hold.

Starting July 26:

Mask-wearing remains mandatory inside, and outside in line. For more details, go to Current Branch Services.

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Get a library card for children and teens

Fill out the form below to create a free Ottawa Public Library card account for a child or teen aged 17 or younger.

Once complete, you will receive their unique card number by email.

Keep this number to go cardless, or get a free physical card issued at one of 33 branches throughout Ottawa.

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Note: personal information contained on this form is collected pursuant to section 29(2) of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and will be used to administer programs at the Ottawa Public Library. Questions regarding this collection can be addressed to the MFIPPA Co-ordinator, Ottawa Public Library, Strategic Coordination, 120 Metcalfe Street, Ottawa, ON K1P 5M2.