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  • UPDATE – Provincial announcement regarding public libraries and pickups

    15/05/2020

    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. 

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    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.

Hoopla

Homepage for Hoopla

This digital media service provides customers access to motion picture films, television shows and complete music albums. There are more than 230,000 titles in this collection, which includes current and past hits, as well as classics. There is a variety of genres to choose from, with something for all ages.

  • The collection is not permanent – titles get pulled and new content is added all the time.
  • Customers can stream or temporarily download up to 4 titles per month. The download feature is available exclusively on mobile devices, through the app.
  • The borrowing period for movie and TV content is between 48-72 hours (2-3 days) and music albums (considered as one item) are borrowed for 7 days.
  • Titles are available instantly with no holds, waitlists, or late fees.
  • Borrowed titles are automatically returned following the borrowing period.
  • Hoopla is accessible from your computer, laptop or wireless device.
  • Customers must register for an account with an email address and a valid OPL card number, in order to access the service.
  • The data used to stream Hoopla from the Internet at home or from your mobile device will count towards your Internet service provider’s monthly bandwidth cap.
    Watching a regular-length movie uses about 1GB of data for each stream of standard definition video.
    Streaming an album uses about 35 MB of data.
OPL has extended your Hoopla play credit from 4 to 8 per month. We hope this change will be of use to you during this difficult time.
Hoopla has curated the Bonus Borrows Collection of 56 titles ( 20 movie +16 Television + 20 music albums) that won’t be counted against a customer’s play credits from their account.
You can borrow all these titles by clicking Hoopla Bonus Borrows icon after you login to Hoopla. This offer will be valid until May 31,2020.