• Current In-Person Services


    22 of our branches and the Bookmobile are open for modified services at this time. For details on our current in-person services, visit: https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/current-branch-services.

    Visit our Hours and Locations page for our current branch hours and our Bookmobile page for the current Bookmobile schedule.

    MANDATORY:  Masks are required to be worn inside Ottawa Public Library branches, as per theTemporary Mandatory Mask By-law. Customers who are not wearing masks will not be allowed inside branches. Exceptions apply for people with medical exemptions.

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Prepare your Child for Reading

Studies have shown that children get ready to read years before they start school. Parents and caregivers play a critical role in developing early literacy skills in children beginning at birth. Early Literacy is everything that a child knows about reading before actually learning how to read.

To help children and families develop critical Early Literacy skills, the Library has adopted Every Child Ready to Read®, an early childhood literacy program developed by the American Library Association. All of our weekly storytimes incorporate elements of the program, which you can practice at home on your own.

Here are five simple practices you can use to get a child ready to read



Join us for reading fun at the library!

Library programs include stories, activities, songs, puppets and rhymes. These programs are free and offered at branches throughout the city.

Find a library program:


The Friends of the Ottawa Public Library generously provided funding for some of the Every Child Ready to Read material.