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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Calling All Young Scientists!

Picture of 3 science beakers with blue, green and red liquid.

Apr 08, 2020


Did you know that the Ottawa Public Library offers free access to a variety of magazines? If there’s a budding scientist in your life, a library card will unlock the door to these great science magazines for kids. 


Kids Go Gardening: Spring is in the air, so now is the perfect time to start planning your garden. This magazine will give you lots of kid-friendly ideas for growing vegetables and flowers around your home. Don’t miss the word puzzles and craft ideas, too. Available online through PressReader.


Wild: Do you know what kind of bird can fly upside-down? Do snails have teeth? For the answers to these questions and many others, look no further than Wild Magazine. Jam-packed with trivia, puzzles, and games, you’re sure to find something for everyone. Available online through PressReader.


National Geographic Little Kids: For younger readers in your household, the Little Kids version of National Geographic has beautiful full-colour photographs, learning prompts, and fun facts about a variety of animals. You can also check out National Geographic Kids for older readers. Available online through RBdigital.


Muse: For the aspiring scientists among us, Muse features articles about discoveries and trending topics in the scientific community alongside fun quizzes and reader questions. Merging science photography and comic-book illustrations, this magazine has wide appeal. Available online through RBdigital.


Beyond Horizons: A magazine for tweens and teens, Beyond Horizons features articles about the environment, prehistoric creatures, physical activity, and much more. Available online through PressReader. 


To learn how to create an account with RBdigitital, please click here.


Blog post contributed by Jennifer from our Beaverbrook branch.