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  • OPL branches closed

    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.

Access Passes (including museum passes)


The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) has seven Access Passes, which are all part of the Express collection (which means you cannot put them on hold). Access Passes offer free general admission to partnered museums, galleries and other sites of interest in the Ottawa area. 

Access Passes circulate according to the following parameters:

  • Seven-day loan period
  • Limit of two Access Passes per Library card
  • No renewals
  • $2 daily fine to a maximum of $20

The seven Access Passes available from OPL are:

Please continue to think of OPL when planning an outing, and visit one of our 33 branches to borrow your free Access Pass.

* Please note: Passes may not be valid for exhibitions or events that have special admission fees. Unlike other items, OPL cannot adjust quantities based on demand because the Library receives limited numbers of these passes from our partner organizations. 


Is it possible to borrow this on line, print the pass which has an expiry day on it and use. It could be controlled the same way books are and if your quota of passes is gone then Ok or option of resrrving

Unfortunately, that is not possible with these items.

Can I borrow an available pass from any location and have it delivered to any OPL location?

Hi laniboop - these passes are Express items, meaning they can't be put on hold, so they cannot be delivered to any OPL location.

The accompanying attendant is free for museum pass. Does this apply to OPL Museum Pass?

Does the pass cover the Children'a museum?