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  • UPDATE – Provincial announcement regarding public libraries and pickups

    28/05/2020

    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. 

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    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.

Program and event request form

What is a program?

A library program is an event hosted by OPL, usually in more than one branch or location, on a particular topic. Programs are intended to inform, educate, and entertain library customers, and to promote further library use. OPL provides programming for all ages (children, teens and adults and older adults), as well as in the key subject areas of Business and Career Services, Digital Literacy, Local History and Genealogy, and Newcomer Services. The Program Development team at OPL works closely with OPL Branches, City departments, community agencies and other partners to build collaborative relationships to ensure that programming and services meet the needs of the people of Ottawa.

What is a special event?

A special event is a one-time or annual occasion happening within your neighbourhood; examples would include a summer outdoor fair, a sporting event, or a parade. OPL attends events year-round in order to provide access to OPL services and resources to residents who may face barriers to accessing these services, to promote our services and collections to residents, gather input from residents about service needs and to connect and have fun. This is in keeping with OPL’s strategic direction: “services that are customer-centric.” Our participation may include an information table, special program, and/or a visit by one of our bookmobiles (click here for more information about the bookmobiles).