Ottawa Public Library reopens all branches after suspected ‘swatting’ call

Ottawa police suspect a "swatting" call was directed towards the Ottawa Public Library on Monday, forcing the closure of its branches. The Canadian Press Images/Francis Vachon

Ottawa Public Library is reopening its branches Tuesday as police investigate a suspected “swatting” call.

The local library announced shortly after 3 p.m. on Monday that it was closing its branches “due to an emergency situation.”

The library said police are investigating the threat but did not provide any further details in social media posts on Monday afternoon.

The OPL announced via Twitter shortly after 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday that it would reopen all branches.

The Ottawa Police Service said later in the day that there is no threat to public safety.

Police are investigating the incident as a suspected “swatting” call. The practice sees hoax calls made to emergency services in an attempt to draw a strong police response to an area or specific address.

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The shut down on Monday affected Ottawa Public Health’s flu shot clinics scheduled at the Orleans branch.

But as of Tuesday morning, the local public health unit said flu shot appointments were able to resume at the Orleans location.

Anyone whose vaccination appointment was cancelled can call 613-580-6744 to reschedule.

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