Step 1: Contactless services inside most open branches


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.

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Richard Van Camp: Gather

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Stories are medicine. During a time of heightened isolation, bestselling author Richard Van Camp shares in Gather what he knows about the power of storytelling.  Join Van Camp in conversation with Karen McBride.  
In Gather, Van Camp offers some of his own favourite stories from Elders, friends, and family.  He also offers insights into basic storytelling techniques, and delves further into the impact storytelling can have, helping readers understand how to create community and how to banish loneliness through their tales. A member of the Tlicho Dene First Nation, Van Camp also includes stories from Elders whose wisdom influenced him. 

Register for a Zoom link.  The program will also be streamed on the Ottawa Public Library Facebook.  

Offered by the Ottawa International Writers Festival in partnership with the Ottawa Public Library.