Website Maintenance: Saturday, July 31


We will be performing maintenance to our systems. Access to your OPL account and search functions will be unavailable from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm Saturday, July 31. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Colonel By Day: August 2


All Ottawa Public Library branches will be closed on Monday, August 2. Virtual services and loans can be accessed on our website. 

Temporary closure: Alta Vista


Due to upgrades to the front entrance, the Alta Vista branch will be closed from July 26 to August 8. There will be no returns or holds pick-up during that time. Alta Vista branch will reopen August 9 at 10 am.   

Step 3: More services inside most open branches


Browsing, public computers, newspapers and magazines are available inside most of our 31 open branches, with capacity limits for two-metre distancing. Up to 200 items can also be put on hold.

Starting July 26:

Mask-wearing remains mandatory inside, and outside in line. For more details, go to Current Branch Services.

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Seniors Fitness Class Online: Mindful Stretch & Strengthen

Join Rhona Einbinder, certified yoga instructor, for 30 minutes of exercise to improve your overall fitness effectively, but safely, beginning with gentle warmup stretching and leading into movements.  Some exercises will have the optional modification of using light hand weights for an added challenge. The sessions will end with simple exercises for increasing flexibility and strength.   Have a couple of light handweights (or small water bottles or soup cans) ready for the arm exercises and be sure to have a sturdy chair available.

Rhona is a certified yoga instructor (300 hours Yoga World Alliance certification and working towards 500 hour certification), specializing in yoga and fitness for seniors, yin and restorative yoga, ashtanga and vinyasa/power flow, as well as yoga for runners and athletes. Her yoga classes are adaptable to all levels and ages, and combine active yang poses with restorative and yin asana. 

Register for the other Seniors Fitness Classes: Mindful Stretch And Strength, held every Friday during the month of August at 10 am.