Web maintenance: Aug. 5 to 6

04/08/2021

Bibliocommons, our catalogue provider, will be performing system maintenance and will be inaccessible from Aug. 5 to 6 from 10 pm to 4 am. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Temporary closure: Alta Vista

05/08/2021

Due to upgrades to the front entrance, the Alta Vista branch will be closed from July 26 to August 17. There will be no returns or holds pick-up during that time. Alta Vista branch will reopen August 18 at 10 am.   

Step 3: More services inside most open branches

29/07/2021

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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Program proposals

System-wide Programming Guidelines

Programming is a process through which the Ottawa Public Library meets the informational, cultural, educational, and recreational needs of customers by providing a wide array of activities designed to meet those needs.

The Library focuses on programming that is literacy or literature based or that supports or highlights the Library's services or collections. Priority is given to programming that inspires learning, sparks curiosity, and connects people.

If you are interested in presenting a program, please fill out and submit the program proposal below. A library representative will contact you if the program meets our guidelines and fits into our schedule.

Planning and publicity for library programs is done 2–4 months prior to each program cycle.

Please note: We receive many suggestions for programs and are not able to respond to each submission. If we choose to proceed with your program, we will be in touch.

If you would like to rent a space to host your own program please visit our Rent a Meeting Room page.

Scheduling timeline:

January – March

Proposal Deadline: September 1

April - June

Proposal Deadline: November 1

July - August

Proposal Deadline: January 1

September – December

Proposal Deadline: April 1

Type of program
Targeted group
Length of program
Length of set up
Length of tear down
Proposed date
Proposed time