The Richmond and North Gower branches of the Ottawa Public Library have re-opened with additional in-person services.
The Greely branch is currently open and will add services on Aug. 17. The Manotick and Osgoode branches were tentatively scheduled to reopen in August, but due to staffing challenges in the context of COVID-19, the opening dates for these branches will be determined at a later date.
New in-person services include browsing, use of public computers by appointment, and card registration. Employees at these select locations will also be available to assist customers with readers’ advisory and related questions.
Branches currently offering contactless services will begin offering these enhanced in-person services on Monday, August 17.
Due to space constraints, some branches will not be offering the new in-person services, but will continue to offer returns and holds pickup service:
Metcalfe Village branch reopened on Saturday, August 15 with hours of operation: Saturdays, 10 am to 3 pm. It will offer contactless service.
Holds pickup is by appointment only at these locations, but items can be returned anytime during opening hours.
The Bookmobile will begin offering contactless returns and holds pickup service on Monday, August 17, with a modified schedule. No appointment is needed to pick up holds or return items at the Bookmobile.
Masks are required to be worn inside Ottawa Public Library branches, as per the Temporary Mandatory Mask By-law.