Website Maintenance: Saturday, July 31


We will be performing maintenance to our systems. Access to your OPL account and search functions will be unavailable from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm Saturday, July 31. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Colonel By Day: August 2


All Ottawa Public Library branches will be closed on Monday, August 2. Virtual services and loans can be accessed on our website. 

Temporary closure: Alta Vista


Due to upgrades to the front entrance, the Alta Vista branch will be closed from July 26 to August 8. There will be no returns or holds pick-up during that time. Alta Vista branch will reopen August 9 at 10 am.   

Step 3: More services inside most open branches


Browsing, public computers, newspapers and magazines are available inside most of our 31 open branches, with capacity limits for two-metre distancing. Up to 200 items can also be put on hold.

Starting July 26:

Mask-wearing remains mandatory inside, and outside in line. For more details, go to Current Branch Services.

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Bookmobile returns to regular schedule Monday, January 11

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The Bookmobile will return to its regular schedule on Monday, January 11, offering returns and holds pickup only. No appointment is needed to pick up holds or return items at the Bookmobile. At this time, because of provincial regulations, customers will not be allowed inside the Bookmobile, and browsing the collection in person will not be available.


As of Monday, January 11, all Bookmobile holds will no longer be available for pickup at every stop. Holds will only be available for customers to pick up at their regular designated Bookmobile stops. If you would like to change your stop preference, please contact the Bookmobile at 613-580-2424 x32629 or


For the current Bookmobile schedule, please visit the Bookmobile page.


Health and Safety        

Wearing masks remains mandatory to return items and pick up holds at the Bookmobile.

The health and safety of our customers and employees is our highest priority.  For more information on health and safety, please visit this page.