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

17/02/2021

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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Pandemic Particulars

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Experiencing pandemic information overload?  How do you stay informed in this ever-changing COVID-19 landscape? The Ottawa Public Library helps you find answers to your pandemic related questions by providing reliable resources that will help you navigate the new normal. 

Be Social Wise - Guidance for Social Gatherings During COVID-19

Enjoy the holiday season safely. Note that the Ontario Ministry of Health’s Provincewide Shutdown will be in effect from Saturday, December 26th. Indoor gatherings are now limited to your household (the people you live with). Individuals who live alone and single parents may consider having exclusive close contact with one other household to help reduce the negative impacts of social isolation. It is crucial during the holiday season to be social wise and to continue applying the provincial measures to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Ottawa Public Health: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)in Ottawa

Are we flattening the curve? How many people can I gather with? The Ottawa Public Health COVID-19 website providesup to date information on the COVID-19 situation in Ottawa. Stay informed of the number of current cases, changes in bylaws, andspecial statements from officials that can help you make informed decisions everyday.They also provide multilingual resources for COVID-19.

Ottawa Public Health: COVID-19 Assessment Centre and Care Clinics

Are you confusedabout COVID-19 symptoms and whether you should get tested? The Ottawa Public Health website provides comprehensive informationabout symptoms and testing guidelines. The location and hours of the Assessment and Care Clinics are provided.

Ottawa Public Health: FAQs about masks

Singing, shouting, talking, breathing: all create micro-droplets. If you have COVID-19 you may not know it and your micro-droplets would be full of virus. Wearing a cloth mask is something you do to protect others in case you have COVID-19 but don’t know it. It may also help protect you from others who have COVID-19.  Learn about mask options and where to obtain one.

OC Transpo: Recovery Plan

As the City prepares for life after isolation, OC Transpo has developed a recovery plan to help keep staff and commuters safe. All health and safety measures have been developed in close consultation with Ottawa Public Health and are in line with provincial and federal guidelines. Make sure to check these guidelines before your next transit journey.

City of Ottawa: Family and Social Services – COVID-19 Info

The City of Ottawa has compiled a list of city and community resources that can help with difficulties you are experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There is information on child care, housing, and seniors' support services; financial assistance; and other resources for people in need.

Public Health Ontario

Public Health Ontario has developed Public Resource Fact Sheets to help you stay safe and healthy. You can access information on how to protect yourself and others, how to care for your pets, how to self-isolate, and more!

Telehealth Ontario

Telehealth Ontario is a free, confidential service you can call to get health advice or information. A Registered Nurse will take your call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There is a self-assessment for COVID-19 to determine if you need to seek further care.

Government of Canada: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Government of Canada website provides extensive information on the current situation in Canada. Information is provided on travel restrictions, financial assistance, your health and safety, and more. You can download the COVID-19 app to receive the latest updates and access trusted resources.

Ottawa Public Health: Resources for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Community Members

This webpage highlights COVID-19 resources for First Nations, Inuit and Métis community members. Some are translations of resources developed by Ottawa Public Health (OPH). Others come from the websites of local, provincial and national Indigenous organizations. Several are available in various Indigenous languages. These resources add to information on the OPH COVID-19 website. 

Government of Canada: Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Indigenous communities

The Government of Canada supports First Nations and Inuit communities in preparing for, monitoring and responding to COVID-19.Awareness resources have been created for Indigenous communities in Indigenous languages by the Public Health Agency of Canada, Indigenous Services Canada, and various Indigenous organizations.

Government of Canada: COVID-19 travel restrictions, exemptions and advice

As deconfinement continues, the Government of Canada is here for you with the latest travel information. You will find updates on the emergency order under the Quarantine Act and travel restrictions including the Canada- U.S. border restrictions.

World Health Organization (WHO)

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic - your questions answered!The WHO has compiled information from experts around the world to provide clarity in this confusing time. Can the virus be spread by a mosquito? The Mythbusterssection has the answer!