Improve Convenience

It's not always convenient to make the journey to a library branch. There are many other public buildings and facilities where items could be returned and holds picked up. Why not offer library programs through community centres?

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Posted by Linda Mc on May 16, 2013 at 9:59AM

Worth exploring the possibility of locating new branches adjoining schools; connected but managed separately so staff does not fall under the board unions. Schools say their collections are too specialized to be managed by professional libraians, but considerable effort is spent by parents fund raising to support the library but for the most part school libraries are dismal.

Posted by Michael More on May 17, 2013 at 6:43PM

I'd like to be able to return books at the Central Archives/Library Tech Services building. Most of the books pass through there anyways.

Posted by Dawn Monroe on May 18, 2013 at 4:53PM

I no longer live in Ottawa but I often thought it would have been great for the Library to have a "Stall" at the farmers market where people could check out books on ...many subjects...eating better with fresh food for example...growing your own gardens...

I have always liked the idea of taking the library to the people and then once they see what is avail. they might visit the library. This is not a new idea by any means...I saw it as a young library school student in Brooklin NY when they had street corner libraries...I am now an old retired librarian but the ideas are still lingering. Good luck. Hope you get lots of ideas and maybe even some that work.

Posted by Priya Karnik on May 22, 2013 at 4:48PM

It would be nice if books can be dropped off at the curb. eg. Centerpointe where its a fire lane.

Posted by Anonymous Anonymous on June 8, 2013 at 2:32PM

A drop-off at the Ottawa Archives building would be a great convenience to me.

Posted by Ian White on June 8, 2013 at 2:44PM

Separate the Library and the Archive/Local History functions of the city. The Ottawa Room in the Main Branch is extremely inconvenient for the vast majority of the population of today's Ottawa. Make the type of material it contains more widely available. The new archive building at Woodruffe/Tallwood has excellent staff. Make more archival material available on the web.

Posted by Sheila M Ross on June 8, 2013 at 10:39AM

I live in Aylmer and am a paid up non-resident of Ottawa public library. Can better connections be made with the Gatineau library system for returning books. This is also an increased safety feature for seniors.

Posted by Roy Thomas on June 15, 2013 at 8:05AM

Drop off and pickup of OPL material ordered on-line do not need to be paired. Drop off should be as convenient as possible in a public place including malls where children have evidence of their parents' or relatives' use of the library. Pickup may be required in a more secure place but a sports facility widely used by youth might be a start and as these are generally City owned with staff working when open, very feasible.