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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Asian Heritage Month at the Ottawa Public Library

Apr 30 2018


Ottawa –Throughout May, the Ottawa Public Library (OPL) will be offering a line-up of programs and events to celebrate Asian Heritage Month. Enjoy and discover stories, traditions, and history from across Asia this May at OPL. Revel in arts and learning from the fascinating cultures that originated in areas extending from the Indian subcontinent to the Japanese archipelago and continue to inspire people across the globe.


In its mission to inspire learning, spark curiosity, and connect people, OPL invites people of all ages to discover more about the legacy and diverse cultures of Asia through educational and cultural programs at OPL branches across Ottawa.


This year, the Ottawa Public Library is collaborating with Multicultural Arts for Schools and Communities (MASC) and other local partners to present various program events — with free admission — for people of all ages. Events include flower-arranging, tea ceremonies, dance workshops, and authors reading and discussing their work.


Some programs require registration online.



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