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.

For details, go to Current Branch Services.

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Tech Café : Is Free Software Really Free

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Is free software really free?  And, if it is free, can it be any good?  Alan German, a member of the Ottawa PC Users Group who has given presentations at the Ottawa Public Library as well as at Ottawa PC Users Group meetings will help you find that the answer to both questions is a resounding yes.  There is lots of free software available, and many free programs are very good indeed.  So, join us to find out about some must-have – and absolutely free – software!