Library resumes lending instruments, expands outdoor passes

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The Ottawa Public Library is set to resume lending instruments, and making available museum passes, telescopes and Gatineau Park winter passes after a pandemic pause.

The library’s popular physical services will resume starting Dec. 14.

Instruments from the OPL musical lending library will be available at the Cumberland, Greenboro, Main and Nepean Centrepointe branches.

Museum passes will be available on the express shelves of all libraries that are open for browsing. They will not be available at branches offering returns and holds pickup only.

Details of where and how to borrow telescopes will be available soon. The library says it is adding a dozen telescopes to its collection.

Gatineau Park winter passes for skiing, snowshoeing and snow-biking trails as well as City of Ottawa ski passes will be available on the express shelves of branches offering browsing in the coming weeks. The NCC has donated an additional 30 Gatineau Park passes to encourage outdoor activities during the pandemic.

The library is partnering with the Royal Astronomical Society to help customers set up and use telescopes. The library will also be working with the city to offer outdoor programming in priority neighbourhoods during the winter.

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