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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Reading and Parents Program (RAPP) Packs

A busy children's library

Learning to read is fun with a Reading and Parents Program (RAPP) packs’ gamesactivitiespoemssongs and crafts. Each pack contain a book and interactive activities that that support language and literacy development. The packs are geared towards children aged 6 months to 6 years old, and include helpful literacy tips for parents.

There are three types of RAPP packs:

  • The ASL (American Sign Language) pack focuses on support for the language and literacy development, and support for those learning sign language. This pack features an activity booklet, a book and an ASL DVD with an interpreter signing a discussion of themes of the book. 
  • The Voices pack includes a book and CD, which includes songs and discussion of the themes of the book. 
  • The French packs (Trousse PLF) support development of French language and literacy skills. This pack features an activity booklet and beginner French book.

To see the full list of RAPP packs click here! All packs include activity sheets. We encourage you to make photocopies of the activity pages for your child to enjoy and keep.

The RAPP packs are a creation of the Ottawa Public Library Alternative Services in partnership with Alternative Learning Styles and Outlooks (ALSO), a community group that focuses on Adult and Family Literacy, to offer new literacy material for children.