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Some in-branch programs require registration with your library card. Please log in with your library account or follow this link to apply for a card online. You can also apply for a card in person at any of our 33 locations.

  • Tuesday Jun 18, 2024 at 5:00pm
    120 minutes

    Looking for a relaxing craft activity to get away from exam cram stress? Relax and chat with some fellow crafters while you try our featured DIY stress-relief craft projects : 

    • June 4th : painting kindness rocks
    • June 11th : DIY fidget toys
    • June 18th : glitter jars

    For teens and tweens of all abilities. Drop-in program.

    *Extra supplies available on hand for other craft projects: drawing/colouring, origami, scrapbooking/collage, sewing, knitting, etc.

    Vous cherchez une activité de bricolage relaxante pour vous distraire du stress de la période d’examens? Venez passer un bon temps et discuter avec d’autres passionnés en tentant nos projets de brico DIY antistress :

    • 4 juin : pierres peintes avec messages positifs
    • 11 juin : fidget toys faits-maison
    • 18 juin : bouteilles à paillettes

    Pour ados de tous les niveaux. Activité portes-ouvertes.

    *Matériel supplémentaire pour : dessiner/colorier, origami, scrapbooking/collage, couture, tricot, etc.

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    Tuesday Jun 18, 2024 at 6:00pm
    150 minutes

    Join us for a free screening of Tár as part of our Passionate For Craftin' It theme in June, wherein people get realllllllllly dedicated to their craft. The film was directed by Todd Field and was released in 2022. The screening will take place in our auditorium, starts at 6:00PM and is free to attend.

    Note: The film is intended for a mature audience. 158 minutes. In English with subtitles.

  • English conversation group

    Wednesdays, Jun 19, 2024 - Aug 28, 2024
    90 minutes

    11 sessions remaining

    Join our free English conversation group to practice speaking in English in a relaxed and friendly environment.

    All levels are welcome to this drop-in program.

    Rejoignez notre groupe de conversation en anglais gratuit pour pratiquer l'anglais dans une atmosphère détendue.

    Tous les niveaux sont les bienvenus à ce programme , inscription non requise.

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    Wednesday Jun 19, 2024 at 10:30am
    60 minutes

    Please join the library staff at the Main branch to learn about public library services in Canada and at the Ottawa Public Library. This tour will be conducted in English.

    Joignez-vous au personnel de la bibliothèque à la succursale Centrale pour vous familiariser avec les services des bibliothèques publiques au Canada et à la Bibliothèque publique d'Ottawa. La viste sera en anglais.

  • Groupe de conversation en français

    Wednesdays, Jun 19, 2024 - Aug 28, 2024
    90 minutes

    8 sessions remaining

    Rejoignez notre groupe de conversation en français gratuit pour pratiquer le français dans une atmosphère détendue.

    Niveaux intermédiaire, inscription non requise.

    Join our free French conversation group to practice speaking in French in a relaxed and friendly environment.

    Drop-in program at an intermediate level.

  • webcard for Chess Club with black Queen defeating white King

    Wednesdays, Jun 19, 2024 - Dec 18, 2024
    120 minutes

    26 sessions remaining

    Join us for open games of chess. Whether you're a beginner or more advanced, this is a relaxed environment where everyone is welcome. Bring your own board or borrow one of ours. 

  • Wednesdays, Jun 19, 2024 - Jul 31, 2024
    150 minutes

    6 sessions remaining

    Join us in the auditorium every Wednesday for a free Wes Anderson film at 6 pm. 

    May 8 - Bottle Rocket (1996)

    Three friends plan to pull off a simple robbery and go on the run. | R, 91min

    May 15 - Rushmore (1998)

    A teenager at Rushmore Academy falls for a much older teacher and befriends a middle-aged industrialist. Later, he finds out that his love interest and his friend are having an affair, which prompts him to begin a vendetta. | R, 93min

    May 22 - The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

    The eccentric members of a dysfunctional family reluctantly gather under the same roof for various reasons. | R, 110min

    May 29 - The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

    With a plan to exact revenge on a mythical shark that killed his partner, Oceanographer Steve Zissou rallies a crew that includes his estranged wife, a journalist, and a man who may or may not be his son. | R, 119min

    June 12 - The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

    A year after their father's funeral, three brothers travel across India by train in an attempt to bond with each other. | R, 91min

    June 19 - Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

    An urbane fox cannot resist returning to his farm raiding ways and then must help his community survive the farmers' retaliation. | PG, 87min

    June 26 - Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

    Two 12-year-olds, who live on an island, fall in love with each other and elope into the wilderness. While people set out on a search mission, a violent storm approaching them catches their attention. | PG-13, 94min

    July 10 - The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

    A writer encounters the owner of an aging high-class hotel, who tells him of his early years serving as a lobby boy in the hotel's glorious years under an exceptional concierge. | R, 99min

    July 17 - Isle of Dogs (2018)

    Set in Japan, Isle of Dogs follows a boy's odyssey in search of his lost dog. | PG-13, 101min

    July 24 - The French Dispatch (2021)

    A love letter to journalists set in an outpost of an American newspaper in a fictional twentieth century French city that brings to life a collection of stories published in "The French Dispatch Magazine". | R, 107min

    July 31 - Asteroid City (2023)

    Following a writer on his world famous fictional play about a grieving father who travels with his tech-obsessed family to small rural Asteroid City to compete in a junior stargazing event, only to have his world view disrupted forever. | PG-13, 105min

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    Wednesdays, Jun 19, 2024 - Jul 31, 2024
    90 minutes

    7 sessions remaining

    Join our free English conversation to practice speaking in English in a relaxed and friendly environment.

    All levels are welcome to this drop-in program.

    Rejoignew notre groupe de conversation en anglais gratuis pour pratiquer l'anglais dans une atmosphère détendue.

    Tous les niveaux sont les bienvenus à ce programme, inscription non requise.

  • Thursdays, Jun 20, 2024 - Jun 27, 2024
    360 minutes

    2 sessions remaining

    *No outreach services available on May 23*

    A member of Employment & Social Services’ Outreach and Mobile Services Team (OMST) will be at the Main branch of OPL in Room 117 on the 1st floor each Thursday from 10 am to 4 pm. 

    Financial Support

    • Ontario Works
    • Emergency Assistance
    • Dental and Vision Care
    • Utilties – Enbridge and Hydro Bills
    • Housing – Rent and Rent Deposits

    Ongoing Assistance

    • System navigation
    • Connecting with your Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) worker
    • Requesting additional benefits
    • Booking appointments
    • Obtaining documents and identification
    • Transportation and more!

    Referrals to Other Resources

    • Employment Ontario
    • Housing Services (e.g. Social Housing Registry)
    • Child Care Subsidy
    • Ottawa Food Bank
    • Free Counselling Services
    • Mental Health and Addictions Services
    • Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)


    Un membre de l’Équipe de services mobiles et d'intervention (ESMI) sera présent à la succursale Centrale dans la salle 117 au 1er étage les jeudis de 10h à 16h. Services de l'ESMI :

    Soutien financier

    • Ontario au travail
    • Aide d'urgence
    • Soins dentaires et de la vue
    • Services publics : factures d'Enbridge et d'électricité
    • Logement: loyer, dépôts de loyer

    Aide continue

    • Navigation dans le système
    • Liaison avec votre chargé de cas d'OT ou du POSPH
    • Demande pour d'autres avantages
    • Prise de rendez-vous
    • Obtention de documents et pièces d'identité
    • Transport et plus!

    Aiguillage vers d'autres ressources

    • Emploi Ontario
    • Services du logement (p. ex. Registre du logement social)
    • Subventions pour la garde d'enfants
    • Banque d'alimentation d'Ottawa
    • Services de consultation gratuits
    • Services en santé mentale et de lutte contre les dépendances
    • Programme ontarien de soutien aux personnes handicapées (POSPH) 
  • Thursday Jun 20, 2024 at 10:30am
    30 minutes

    Stories, rhymes and songs for children of all ages and a parent or caregiver. Drop-in program.

    Contes, comptines et chansons pour les enfants de tous âges et un parent ou gardien. Portes ouvertes.