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  • New Curbside Returns and Holds Pick Up Service begins in June


    OPL will offer a new Curbside Returns and Holds Pick Up service at six branch locations: Main, Nepean Centrepointe, Cumberland, Beaverbrook, Greenboro, Ruth E. Dickson, during new hours of operation.

    • On Monday, June 8, these locations will begin accepting returns; and,
    • On Monday, June 15, holds pick up by appointment will start.

    Find the details of this new curbside service here.

    All OPL branches and Bookmobile stops remain closed to the public.

    • Due dates for currently checked out materials have been extended and late fees suspended.
    • All book drops remain closed.

    For information about Library cards, virtual programs, and more, contact  InfoService by phone or email
    from Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm.

Virtual Book Launch: On Pandemics with David Waltner-Toews

Join us for a conversation with reporter Lucy van Oldenbarneveld, host of CBC News Ottawa, and  David Waltner-Toews, a leading epidemiologist, on animal diseases that jump to humans—zoonoses—including what attracts them to humans, why they have become more common in recent history, and how we can keep them at bay.

Almost all pandemics and epidemics have been caused by diseases that come to us from animals, including SARS, mad cow disease, and—now—Covid-19. Epidemiologist, veterinarian, and ecosystem health specialist, David Waltner-Toews, gathers the latest research to profile dozens of illnesses.

We encourage our audiences to read widely, and shop (or borrow) locally. This title will be available online as an e-book from the Ottawa Public Library starting on June 3.

This online event is presented by the Ottawa Public Library in collaboration with Library and Archives Canada and the Ottawa International Writers Festival.

You can watch the event online on Zoom if you register, or on our Facebook Page!