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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.

In a rush? Pick up a Backpack

The Ready to Read backpacks are bags filled with six hand-picked picture books aimed at children ages 6 and under. Backpacks are re-filled with a different mix of books after each use – the contents are therefore a surprise for the parent/caregiver and the child every time!

The Ready to Read backpacks make it easier and more convenient for parents and caregivers to offer their children quality reading material that support the Every Child Ready to Read activities. The books are “must-reads”, staff favourites, classic picture books, and easy to read information books from our non-fiction collection.

The Ready to Read backpacks are available at some of our branches. The loan period for the backpack is three weeks and it is renewable. Each book in the backpack must be checked out individually. The backpacks cannot be requested.


The Ready to Read backpacks were made possible with financial support from the Friends of the OPL