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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Balsillie Prize for Public Policy - the 2021 Inaugural short list!

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Oct 14, 2021

Canada's books on public policy are being recognized in a new Writers Trust Award.  The inaugural Balsillie Prize for Public Policy short list of 4 nominated titles are: Innovation in Real Places: Strategies for Prosperity in an Unforgiving World by Dan Breznitz, On Borrowed Time: North America's Next Big Quake by Gregor Craigie, Neglected No More: The Urgent Need to Improve the Lives of Canada's Elders in the Wake of a Pandemic by André Picard, andIndian in the Cabinet: Speaking Truth to Power by Jody Wilson-Raybould.

In supporting this new award, the businessman and philanthropist Jim Balsillie says "Public policy essentially shapes everything in our lives - either you shape it or it shapes you."

Among Balsillie's favourite books on public policy are  the classic Silent Spring by Rachel Carson, a true game-changer for the environment, and Democracy in Canada by Donald J. Savoie.

This award joins the Donner Prize in it's focus on public policy discourse - as Balsillie pronounces, you can never have enough.

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The 2021 Inaugural Short List