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: Extended curbside service


Curbisde holds and pick-up service will continue at the back door and parking lot from 10 am to 6 pm until further notice. 

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Awesome Authors youth writing contest is on!

Le concours d'écriture Super auteur.e.s est lancé!

Nov 30, 2020

Are you between the ages of 9 and 18? Do you dream of one day writing an internationally acclaimed bestseller?  Do you invent a new cartoon character every time you have a blank piece of paper in front of you? Are you fascinated by the world of spoken words? If so, we have a contest for you! 


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About the contest 

Awesome Authors Youth Writing Contest will allow you to showcase your literary talent and creativity. By participating, you have a chance to win cash prizes and have your work published in the Pot-pourri anthology. You can submit an entry in 6 different categories: poetry, short story, comic, poésie, nouvelle and bande dessinée. Hurry, you have until Friday, February 26, 2021 to send us your submission(s). To consult the complete contest rules and find out how to enter the contest, visit the contest page


Free workshops 

We are privileged to have 5 wonderful judges helping us for this contest. Our judges are local authors who generously offer their time to read each submission. They have the difficult task of choosing the best entries. You'll have the chance to learn from them through FREE online creative writing workshops. Spaces are limited; check out the list of available workshops and reserve your spot. 



A big thank you to our friends!

The contest is possible thanks to the generous financial support of the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association (FOPLA). It is also the FOPLA, which publishes an annual anthology of the winning entries. You can purchase your copy of Pot-pourri 2020 on the FOPLA website to discover talented young authors. 


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2021 Awesome Authors | Super auteur.e.sby OPLProgramsProgrammesBPO

Some books written by the contest judges. | Quelques livres écrits par les juges du concours.