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  • New Curbside Returns and Holds Pick Up Service begins in June


    OPL will offer a new Curbside Returns and Holds Pick Up service at six branch locations: Main, Nepean Centrepointe, Cumberland, Beaverbrook, Greenboro, Ruth E. Dickson, during new hours of operation.

    • On Monday, June 8, these locations will begin accepting returns; and,
    • On Monday, June 15, holds pick up by appointment will start.

    Find the details of this new curbside service here.

    All OPL branches and Bookmobile stops remain closed to the public.

    • Due dates for currently checked out materials have been extended and late fees suspended.
    • All book drops remain closed.

    For information about Library cards, virtual programs, and more, contact  InfoService by phone or email
    from Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm.

OPL one of the top ranking libraries participating in OMBI

Nov 2 2015

Ottawa – The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) surpasses most other participating public libraries on key comparators in the 2014 Ontario Municipal Benchmarking Initiative (OMBI) results released today.

In 2014, OPL had the second highest annual library uses per capita (35) and the second highest electronic library uses per capita (17.1) in Ontario. OPL continues to provide more for less. Ottawa has the second lowest OMBI total library operating costs per use including amortization ($1.58).

“We are thrilled to see the 2014 numbers surpass the numbers from 2013,” said Tim Tierney, Chair of the OPL Board and Councillor of Beacon Hill-Cyrville. “The people of Ottawa value and love their Library, and all the great services it provides them.”

OMBI collects data for more than 600 measures across 36 municipal service areas. OMBI acts as a source of credible information to assist Council, senior management, staff and citizens to understand how their municipality is performing over time and in relation to others.

The OMBI 2014 Performance Measurement Report provides comparative performance measures relating to several different municipal services. To view the full report, please go to

The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) is the largest bilingual (English/French) public library system in North America, with 34 branches, physical and virtual at, mobile libraries, and a vending machine library service. OPL’s mission is to inspire learning, spark curiosity, and connect people. Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook Contact us at 613-580-2940 or If it’s out there, it’s in here!


Virginia Madon
Ottawa Public Library