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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.

  • chessboard set up with brown- and cream-coloured playing pieces

    Thursday Apr 25, 2024 at 4:00pm
    60 minutes

    Do you enjoy chess, or do you want to learn the game?

    Drop in to play with other youth! Learn the basics and test your wits with a weekly chess challenge.

    Ages: 8 to 18

  • A hand holding a bill surrounded by coins of various denominations

    Thursday Apr 25, 2024 at 5:30pm
    180 minutes

    Do you need help with your tax return? If you have a modest income and a simple tax situation, trained volunteers may be able to complete your tax return for you for free. Ottawa Public Library is partnering with the Canada Revenue Agency to offer free tax preparation through the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program.

    The Ruth E. Dickinson branch will be offering free tax clinics in English on a first-come, first-served basis. 

    Before arriving at the free tax clinics, you must verify whether you meet the Canada Revenue Agency’s eligibility criteria and ensure to bring the appropriate documentation with you. Our volunteers will not process self-employment or business taxes. 

    Click on the "View full schedule" button on the right of the screen to see when the clinics will be offered.

  • Multiple speech bubbles in a gray background

    Thursdays, Apr 25, 2024 - Jun 27, 2024
    6:00pm
    90 minutes

    10 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.

  • Thursdays, Apr 25, 2024 - Aug 29, 2024
    6:00pm
    120 minutes

    19 sessions remaining

    Come knit/crochet/chat at the Munster Library Thursdays 6-8pm All levels are welcome!

  • Thursdays, Apr 25, 2024 - Jun 27, 2024
    6:30pm
    90 minutes

    10 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.

  • Books

    Thursdays, Apr 25, 2024 - Sep 26, 2024
    6:30pm
    60 minutes

    6 sessions remaining

    Join us for some great book discussions, tea and treats! 

  • Thursday Apr 25, 2024 at 7:00pm
    60 minutes

    Find warmth in the winter season with camaraderie, conversation and crafting at this casual, drop-in meet-up! Bring your own craft project and supplies to work on in the good company of your neighbourhood and community. 

    Open to adults (18+) of all levels of interest and ability. Bring your knitting, crochet, hand-stitching, coloring, drawing etc. (nothing messy or requiring machinery please!). Don't have a project? No problem! Options will be provided.

    Held every 2nd and 4th Thursday, January - April.

  • Fridays, Apr 26, 2024 - May 31, 2024
    2:00pm
    60 minutes

    2 sessions remaining

    Join in stimulating discussions on selected titles in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere on the last Friday of the month.

  • Barrhaven Builders Club

    Friday Apr 26, 2024 at 2:00pm
    120 minutes

    Get creative with our Gears, Gears, Gears, Magformers, Keva Planks, Lego, Meccano, K'nex, VEX Robotics and more.

    Drop-in between 2:00 and 5:00pm to build, construct, engineer and design with us.

    Open to ages 5+

  • Fridays, Apr 26, 2024 - Jun 07, 2024
    2:00pm
    120 minutes

    3 sessions remaining

    Looking for something to do on the upcoming PD Days? Our Richmond branch will host you with games, activities, Lego, crafts, toys, etc.   Come and join in the fun and bring a friend!  

    -April 8

    -June 3

    -June 7