Step 1: Contactless services inside most open branches


There are contactless services inside most of our 31 open branches, with strict capacity limits in place, as of June 14, 2021, except at Metcalfe Village, Orléans and Rosemount. This means:

  • Pick up holds and check them out at self-checkout stations.
  • Return borrowed items to book drops anytime.
  • Access to PCs, Chromebooks, and printing, where these are available.
  • No other services: no browsing, no washroom access.
  • Mask-wearing remains mandatory inside, and outside in line.

For details, go to Current Branch Services.

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2021 Governor General's Awards

2021 Governor General's Awards

The list of finalists for the prestigious Governor General's Literary Awards is finally out. 70 books have been chosen as the best to have been published in Canada in 2020, and only 14 will receive the award. Ottawa Public Library readers are in luck—they can check out almost all of the finalists from our collection. Read on for the English-language finalists, and visit our French blog post to see the French-language finalists. You can make a reservation by clicking on the title of the book you’d like to check out.




  • bug – Yolanda Bonnell
  • Guarded Girls – Charlotte Corbeil-Coleman
  • Kamloopa: An Indigenous Matriarch Story – Kim Senklip Harvey (winner)
  • Quick Bright Things – Christopher Cook
  • Sound of the Beast – Donna-Michelle St. Bernard


Young People’s Literature – Text

Young People’s Literature – Illustrated Books

Translation (from French to English)

  • Amaryllis & Little Witch – Translated by Alexis Diamond; translation of Vipérine et Petite sorcière by Pascal Brullemans
  • Back Roads – Translated by J.C. Sutcliffe; translation of Routes secondaires by Andrée A. Michaud
  • If You Hear Me – Translated by Lazer Lederhendler; translation of Si tu m’entends by Pascale Quiviger (winner)
  • The Country Will Bring Us No Peace – Translated by Pablo Strauss; translation of Ici, ailleurs by Matthieu Simard
  • The Neptune Room – Translated by Oana Avasilichioaei; translation of La chambre Neptune by Bertrand Laverdure