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.

Monday, August 2 - Colonel By Day


All Ottawa Public Library branches will be closed on Monday, August 2. Virtual services and loans can be accessed on the Ottawa Public Library 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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Strategic Directions and Priorities 2020-2023


To build community and transform lives.


We inspire learning, spark curiosity, and connect people.

Value Statements 


We are an active part of our community, reaching beyond our spaces to build relationships that enrich Ottawa.


We are welcoming and open to all, and are committed to providing access to spaces, collections, programs, resources, and expertise.


We embody the principles of public stewardship, transparency, and accountability in our operations and interactions.

Intellectual Freedom

We defend the free and open exchange of lawful information and ideas in a democratic society, respecting individual’s rights to privacy and choice.


We cultivate the joys of reading, learning, discovering, and creating.

Strategic Statement

By 2023, we will increase the number of active card holders by 25% by improving OPL's community relevance. 

Strategic Directions and Priorities 

Redesign the Library Experience

  • Develop programming strategy
  • Define the ideal experience across physical and virtual channels
  • Create the destination experience for the Ottawa Central Library
  • Assess the impacts of barriers to service
  • Develop the physical space experience

Build Organizational Capacity

  • Redesign the employee experience
  • Renew leadership accountability
  • Develop data-driven decision-making

Promote the Value of OPL

  • Develop and implement a brand strategy
  • Develop and implement a fundraising plan
  • Strengthen stakeholder relationships and advocacy
  • Strengthen the Intellectual Freedom program