Regular hours resume on September 7 2021


Ottawa Public Library will return to regular pre-pandemic hours at most branches starting Tuesday, September 7, 2021 — including Sunday hours at 10 branches and InfoService as of Sunday, September 12.  

Hours are posted at branch entrances and on the Hours and location page of the OPL website.   

Fitzroy Harbour and Vernon branches are reopening after being closed since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020.  

Notice - Carlingwood branch


The elevator at the Carlingwood branch is currently unavailable.

Rideau branch-Elevator out of service


The elevator at Rideau is currently out of service for maintenance and repairs. Service will be restored on Monday, September 27th.

Holiday Closure: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation


All Ottawa Public Library branches will be closed on Thursday, September 30. Access our online services 24/7 on the Ottawa Public Library website.

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​Public consultation on the SPACES and USES for new Ottawa Central Library

Jun 16 2016

Next open house session on June 22 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Library and Archives Canada

Ottawa - The public is invited to share their thoughts on the spaces and uses of the new flagship Ottawa Central Library at a second open house session on Wednesday, June 22 at Library and Archives Canada (LAC), 395 Wellington Street. Participants can drop-in between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. to review information, engage in discussions with internal and external experts, and provide comments and input at themed kiosks. 

The two June sessions are the latest in a series of consultations on “what” should be in the new facility. Since 2013, more than 3,000 people have shared their thoughts on this topic both in-person and online. The open house sessions are the first opportunity for people to see how “space and use” planning has developed in response to earlier feedback, best practices, and technical expertise; and to share their thoughts and ideas. The first open house session to gather further feedback and ideas on the “spaces and uses” that should be included in the new Ottawa Central Library engaged dozens of thoughtful participants yesterday at Jean Pigott Place, Ottawa City Hall.

More information on the project is available on the Ottawa Central Library website.

About the Ottawa Central Library project

The Ottawa Public Library has embarked on the most prominent project in its history - the development of a modern Ottawa Central Library in the heart of the Nation’s Capital. A key piece of Ottawa’s transformation into a world-class city, the Ottawa Central Library will be an inclusive, dynamic home for creativity and learning, and will serve as a community branch, a city-wide service, and a destination for both residents and visitors to the City of Ottawa and Nation’s Capital. For more information on the project visit

About Ottawa Public Library

The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) is the largest bilingual (English/French) public library system in North America, with 34 branches, physical and virtual at, mobile libraries, and a vending machine library service. OPL’s mission is to inspire learning, spark curiosity, and connect people. Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook Contact us at 613-580-2940 or If it’s out there, it’s in here!

About Library and Archives Canada

The mandate of Library and Archives Canada is to preserve the documentary heritage of Canada for the benefit of present and future generations, and to be a source of enduring knowledge accessible to all, thereby contributing to the cultural, social and economic advancement of Canada. Library and Archives Canada also facilitates co-operation among communities involved in the acquisition, preservation and diffusion of knowledge, and serves as the continuing memory of the Government of Canada and its institutions. Stay connected with Library and Archives Canada on Twitter (@LibraryArchives), FacebookFlickr and YouTube.


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