Step 1: Contactless services inside most open branches

17/06/2021

There are contactless services inside most of our 31 open branches, with strict capacity limits in place, as of June 14, 2021, except at Metcalfe Village, Orléans and Rosemount. This means:

  • Pick up holds and check them out at self-checkout stations.
  • Return borrowed items to book drops anytime.
  • Access to PCs, Chromebooks, and printing, where these are available.
  • No other services: no browsing, no washroom access.
  • Mask-wearing remains mandatory inside, and outside in line.

For details, go to Current Branch Services.

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Program proposals

System-wide Programming Guidelines

Programming is a process through which the Ottawa Public Library meets the informational, cultural, educational, and recreational needs of customers by providing a wide array of activities designed to meet those needs.

The Library focuses on programming that is literacy or literature based or that supports or highlights the Library's services or collections. Priority is given to programming that inspires learning, sparks curiosity, and connects people.

If you are interested in presenting a program, please fill out and submit the program proposal below. A library representative will contact you if the program meets our guidelines and fits into our schedule.

Planning and publicity for library programs is done 2–4 months prior to each program cycle.

Please note: We receive many suggestions for programs and are not able to respond to each submission. If we choose to proceed with your program, we will be in touch.

If you would like to rent a space to host your own program please visit our Rent a Meeting Room page.

Scheduling timeline:

January – March

Proposal Deadline: September 1

April - June

Proposal Deadline: November 1

July - August

Proposal Deadline: January 1

September – December

Proposal Deadline: April 1

Type of program
Targeted group
Length of program
Length of set up
Length of tear down
Proposed date
Proposed time