Regular hours resumed Sept. 7, 2021


Ottawa Public Library has returned to regular pre-pandemic hours at most branches as of September 7, 2021 — including Sunday hours at 10 branches and InfoService. Hours are posted at branch entrances and on the Hours and location page of the OPL website.   


Carp Branch


Carp branch will be closed on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 for operational use by the City of Ottawa. Regular service will resume Wednesday,  October 27, 2021 at 10 am. 

Overdrive: Issues with older Apple devices or browsers


Recent changes by Overdrive and Libby have impacted compatibility with older versions of Apple's mobile and desktop operating systems. Those who use older Apple devices (Mac computers running lower than macOS 10.12.1 and iPhones/iPads running iOS 9) may have trouble using the OverDrive desktop or mobile apps, while Libby is no longer supported on iPhones and iPads running iOS 9.

Carlingwood branch: Elevator out of service


The elevator at Carlingwood branch is currently out of service. 

Alta Vista branch: Reopening October 22


Alta Vista branch will return to regular service and hours on Friday, October 22, 2021.

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Access Passes: museums, parks, and skiing

Ottawa Public Library has a number of Access Passes that provide free general admission to museums, parks, and other sites of interest in the Ottawa area.

Think of the Library before your next outing and borrow an Access Pass from one of our open branches.

  • Artpass

    Jacket cover: Artpass

    National Gallery of Canada

  • Ingenium pass

    Jacket cover: Ingenium pass

    Access to Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum and the Canada Science and Technology Museum.

  • Library Pass

    Jacket cover: Library Pass

    The Ottawa Museum Network includes 11 local museums

  • Museum Pass

    Jacket cover: Museum Pass

    Provides access to both the Canadian Museum of History and the Canadian War Museum

  • Nature Card

    Jacket cover: Nature Card

    Provides access to the Canadian Museum of Nature

  • Ontario Parks 2021 Commercial Vehicle Permit

    Jacket cover: Ontario Parks 2021 Commercial Vehicle Permit

    “Check out” nature at your library!

    More information: Ontario Parks
  • City Of Ottawa Ski Pass

    Provides access to Mooney's Bay Ski Centre trails.

  • Gatineau Park cross-country ski pass

    In partnership with the National Capital Commission. Provides access to the trails of Gatineau Park.

How to use museum, park, and ski passes

Find the pass you want on this page and click on "Check availability" to see where you can borrow it. To provide equitable access, passes are Express items and cannot be put on hold. You can check out one pass at a time for up to seven days.

Before you go, review the visiting hours, information and requirements for the place you wish to visit. The visitor experience at certain sites may be different than it was before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Access Passes from the Library are valid for general admission only. Special exhibitions or events may require additional admission fees.

Because we receive a limited number of passes from partner organizations, we cannot adjust quantities based on demand, like we do for other catalogue items.