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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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