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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.

Using the equipment

Using the 3D printers and laser cutter

  • Certification sessions for 3D printers and laser cutter are posted on OPL’s Programs and events page
  • Customers can register for these sessions just like any other OPL program
  • Customers cannot use the 3D printers or laser cutter without having this certification
  • Customers may supply their own materials for laser cutting, which must be vetted and approved by Imagine Space employees. Click here to read the list of approved laser cutter materials.
  • Objects can be painted.
  • 3D objects printed on the Makerbot Replicator 2 5th Generation can be printed up 9.9” W x 7.8” D x 5.9” H in size, or smaller

Customer agreement

  • Customers must sign an agreement in order to use the 3D printers or laser cutter. The signed agreement must be returned to employees in the Imagine Space.
  • Customers agree to:
  • Customers agree to waive liability and accept responsibility for injury and damage to equipment
  • Parent/guardian must sign the agreement for all customers under the age of 18
  • Parent/guardian must be trained, sign, accompany, and be the sole person using deemed potentially hazardous equipment for all customers under the age of 13
  • The agreement is only a requirement if using potentially hazardous equipment, not if using other equipment (i.e. computers)

Booking equipment

  • Customers can book 3D printers, laser cutter and Mac Pro computers online 
  • Customers may reserve equipment up to 1 (one) month in advance from the current day
  • Customers are allowed a maximum of 2 (two) hours of equipment use per day
  • Customers may have a maximum of 2 (two) bookings per week, and 4 (four) bookings per month
  • Customers may not reserve multiple pieces of equipment simultaneously
  • Customers will need their valid Library card to book equipment
  • Customers cannot use the 3D printer or laser cutter without taking a certification course
  • Unbooked equipment may also be used on a drop-in basis
  • Customers must log on within the first 5 minutes of a scheduled booking or the booking will be cancelled
  • The last time slots of the day, booked for the laser cutter or 3D printer, must end no later than 30 minutes before closing.

Borrowing equipment

  • Customers may borrow video cameras, 3D scanners, and other small equipment on a first come, first served basis
  • Customers can borrow equipment for a maximum of 2 (two) hours a day, and the borrowing period can be renewed
  • There will be a $5/hour late fee charge
  • Can be taken out of the room but not out of the Nepean Centrepointe branch
  • If items are not returned, some fees can amount to up to $3,000
  • Customers must be 18 years or older
  • Customers must have their Library card, which must be in good standing, as well as a valid photo ID, that must be left in the Imagine Space during use

Saving your information

  • Customers must supply their own USB stick, external hard drive, or save to the cloud if they want to keep any files

Printing and rendering

  • The software will estimate the amount of time for print jobs/video renders to complete
  • Customers must advise an OPL employee if this estimate exceeds their 2 (two) hour/day limit