Contactless services inside branches – effective June 14

11/06/2021

As of June 14, 2021, there will be contactless services inside most branches, with capacity limits in place. This means:

  • Holds can be picked up on shelves and checked out at self-checkout stations.
  • Borrowed items can be returned via book drops anytime.
  • Access to PCs, Chromebooks, and printing, where these are available.
  • Hours of operation remain the same, except at Osgoode.
  • Mask-wearing remains mandatory inside, and outside in line.

For more details, go to Current Branch Services.

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Quick facts about OPL

The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) is the largest bilingual (English/French) public library system in North America. The OPL extends public access to information and services through the library’s 34 branches, physical and virtual (BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca), as well as two mobile libraries and a vending machine-style lending library service. Serving close to one million Ottawa residents, OPL’s mission is to inspire learning, spark curiosity, and connect people. If it’s out there, it’s in here!

Fun facts

  • OPL has a  service area of 2,700 km2
  • The longest distance between branches is 88 kilometers between Vernon and Fitzroy Harbour
  • OPL was the first to provide publicly-accessible Wi-Fi in Ottawa (in 2008), well before Tim Hortons (2012) or Starbucks (2010) introduced it across Canada!

  • The Ottawa Room’s collection includes over 1,200 maps, from 1856 to the present
  • ‘Reading’ a book is offered in many forms at OPL: in print, as an audiobook, as an eBook, in Braille or in picture format.
  • Thirteen branches are located in or beside recreational City buildings:
    1. Beaverbrook (John Mlacak Recreation Centre)
    2. Constance Bay (Constance/Buckham's Bay Recreation Centre)
    3. Cumberland (Ray Friel Recreation Centre)
    4. Fitzroy Harbour (Fitzroy Harbour Recreation Centre)
    5. Greely (Greely Community Centre)
    6. Greenboro (Greenboro Recreation Centre)
    7. Metcalfe (Larry Robinson Arena and Metcalfe Community Centre)
    8. North Gloucester (Splash Wave Pool)
    9. Osgoode (Stuart Holmes Arena and Osgoode Community Centre)
    10. Rockcliffe Park (Rockcliffe Park Recreation Centre)
    11. Ruth E. Dickinson (Walter Baker Sports Centre)
    12. St-Laurent (St-Laurent Complex)
    13. Vanier (Richelieu Vanier Recreation Centre)