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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Community Resources

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Parenting in Ottawa

Parenting in Ottawa is a resource for parents created by Ottawa Public Health and its community partners. It was designed to make parenting in Ottawa a little bit easier. Browse our website to find information written by local health experts.

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First Words

First Words is Ottawa’s Preschool Speech and Language program, which focuses on prevention, early identification and treatment of speech and language problems. Consult their website to find learning tools and to use their online screening tool, the Communication Checkup.


Ottawa Parent Resources Centre

The Parent Resource Centre (PRC) is a leader in family support programs and comprehensive training for professionals. By engaging with children, parents and caregivers, supporting early learning and development, and connecting families with resources, PRC facilitates lifelong learning and transformation. PRC staff use relevant, relatable approaches and proven best practices to increase the quality of life for children and their families.

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Family Services Ottawa

Family Services Ottawa offers counselling and support services to anybody in Ottawa who needs it. Highly trained counsellors present programs geared to help through challenging situations.

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Family and Social Services

The City of Ottawa’s Family and Social Services connect Ottawa residents with information about care and services for young children and teens. It also includes information about housing, employment and financial assistance.