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  • UPDATE – Provincial announcement regarding public libraries and pickups


    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. 


    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.

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Gil Adanson will be in conversation with Barbara Bell about her new novel "Ridgerunner", the long awaited sequel to "The Outlander".

Friday May 29, 2020 at 2:00pm

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Madhur Anand will be discussing her memoir "This Red Line Goes Straight to Your Heart" during this session of Canada Performs. It's described as "An...

Friday May 29, 2020 at 4:00pm

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Join Emma on Facebook Live on Sunday 31 May at 3 till 4 E.D.T. for a chat and Q&A about her forthcoming


Sunday May 31, 2020 at 3:00pm

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Renaissance Press presents a literary festival you can attend from the comfort of your own home! Three full days of programs, including panels, readings, and...

Friday Jun 5, 2020 at 3:00pm / until Jun 07, 2020

Book Lovers!!
OPL has re-scheduled our annual Spring Book Social online.  Join us for an evening with three representatives from Penguin Random House Canada and Harper Collins...


Thursday Jun 11, 2020 at 5:30pm

Author holding her book Crow Winter

Join host, Jennifer David, for a conversation with author Karen McBride about her debut book, Crow Winter, a novel about a young woman able to...


Wednesday Jun 24, 2020 at 7:00pm

Drop in for an informal discussion and refreshments.


Tuesday Jul 7, 2020 at 2:00pm

Share the enjoyment of good books in a relaxed atmosphere. This month's selection is My Stories, My Times by Jean Chrétien.

Nepean Centrepointe

Thursday Jul 9, 2020 at 1:30pm

Share the enjoyment of good mysteries in a relaxed atmosphere. Join us for our summer social event from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Alta Vista

Thursday Jul 16, 2020 at 6:30pm

Drop in for an informal discussion and refreshments.


Tuesday Aug 4, 2020 at 2:00pm