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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Albert Dumont: Ottawa's English Poet Laureate

Albert 'South Wind' Dumont in nature, leaning against a tree

Apr 23, 2021

What’s in a Poet Laureate’s name?





    Spiritual Advisor.

     Algonquin Traditional Teacher.

      Red Road Walker.







   Kitigan Zibi.


 South Wind.

Albert Dumont.

Meet Ottawa’s next English Poet Laureate: Albert “South Wind” Dumont. Hailing from traditional Algonquin Territory (Kitigan Zibi), this Anishinaabe poet is sure to kindle an invigorating connection between Ottawans and poetry. His deep respect for nature shines through in his work, his blog and his disposition. Though he vows to promote poetry to all during his 2-year term, he aims to introduce poetry to the younger generation along with encouraging and strengthening ties with young people who already demonstrate an interest in the art. Dumont, both candid and passionate in his writings and while speaking, leaves it all out on the table; there are no secrets about his past, and writing poetry has helped to heal old wounds and feed his soul. His eclectic array of experiences, including surviving a 43-foot fall, maintaining sobriety since 1988, founding Turtle Moons Contemplations, participating in OPL programming, and serving his community as an Elder with the Parole Board of Canada, compliment the decision to name him Poet Laureate. He brings a unique vision to poetry and hopes to inspire in others a similar yearning to use poetry as an avenue for healing, nourishment, and growth. Albert Dumont will have yet another incredible accomplishment to add to his ever-growing list of life experiences.

Check out one of his poetry collections Sitting by the Rapids or Aninâtigo-anîbîshan Kichi-Makwang, a tri-lingual children's seasonal folklore book.

To read more about Ottawa’s new English Poet Laureate and Ottawa’s Poet Laureate program, check out the links available under “Further Reading”.