Regular hours resumed Sept. 7, 2021


Ottawa Public Library has returned to regular pre-pandemic hours at most branches as of September 7, 2021 — including Sunday hours at 10 branches and InfoService. Hours are posted at branch entrances and on the Hours and location page of the OPL website.   


Carp Branch


Carp branch will be closed on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 for operational use by the City of Ottawa. Regular service will resume Wednesday,  October 27, 2021 at 10 am. 

Overdrive: Issues with older Apple devices or browsers


Recent changes by Overdrive and Libby have impacted compatibility with older versions of Apple's mobile and desktop operating systems. Those who use older Apple devices (Mac computers running lower than macOS 10.12.1 and iPhones/iPads running iOS 9) may have trouble using the OverDrive desktop or mobile apps, while Libby is no longer supported on iPhones and iPads running iOS 9.

Carlingwood branch: Elevator out of service


The elevator at Carlingwood branch is currently out of service. 

Alta Vista branch: Reopening October 22


Alta Vista branch will return to regular service and hours on Friday, October 22, 2021.

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Using the equipment

Using the 3D printers and laser cutter

  • Certification sessions for 3D printers and laser cutter are posted on OPL’s Programs and events page
  • Customers can register for these sessions just like any other OPL program
  • Customers cannot use the 3D printers or laser cutter without having this certification
  • Customers may supply their own materials for laser cutting, which must be vetted and approved by Imagine Space employees. List of approved laser cutter materials.
  • Objects can be painted.
  • 3D objects printed on the Makerbot Replicator 2 5th Generation can be printed up 9.9” W x 7.8” D x 5.9” H in size, or smaller

Customer agreement

  • Customers must sign an agreement in order to use the 3D printers or laser cutter. The signed agreement must be returned to employees in the Imagine Space.
  • Customers agree to:
  • Customers agree to waive liability and accept responsibility for injury and damage to equipment
  • Parent/guardian must sign the agreement for all customers under the age of 18
  • Parent/guardian must be trained, sign, accompany, and be the sole person using deemed potentially hazardous equipment for all customers under the age of 13
  • The agreement is only a requirement if using potentially hazardous equipment, not if using other equipment (i.e. computers)

Booking equipment

  • Customers can book 3D printers, laser cutter and Mac Pro computers online 
  • Customers may reserve equipment up to 1 (one) month in advance from the current day
  • Customers are allowed a maximum of 2 (two) hours of equipment use per day
  • Customers may have a maximum of 2 (two) bookings per week, and 4 (four) bookings per month
  • Customers may not reserve multiple pieces of equipment simultaneously
  • Customers will need their valid Library card to book equipment
  • Customers cannot use the 3D printer or laser cutter without taking a certification course
  • Unbooked equipment may also be used on a drop-in basis
  • Customers must log on within the first 5 minutes of a scheduled booking or the booking will be cancelled
  • The last time slots of the day, booked for the laser cutter or 3D printer, must end no later than 30 minutes before closing.

Borrowing equipment

  • Customers may borrow video cameras, 3D scanners, and other small equipment on a first come, first served basis
  • Customers can borrow equipment for a maximum of 2 (two) hours a day, and the borrowing period can be renewed
  • There will be a $5/hour late fee charge
  • Can be taken out of the room but not out of the Nepean Centrepointe branch
  • If items are not returned, some fees can amount to up to $3,000
  • Customers must be 18 years or older
  • Customers must have their Library card, which must be in good standing, as well as a valid photo ID, that must be left in the Imagine Space during use

Saving your information

  • Customers must supply their own USB stick, external hard drive, or save to the cloud if they want to keep any files

Printing and rendering

  • The software will estimate the amount of time for print jobs/video renders to complete
  • Customers must advise an OPL employee if this estimate exceeds their 2 (two) hour/day limit