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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Cameron Hughes - King of Cheer

May 26, 2021

Cameron Hughes has one of the most unique jobs in the world.   He is paid by sports teams and organizations to bring cheer and energy to their events.    

It all started twenty-seven years when Hughes was attending an Ottawa Senators game.   The game was somewhat lack lustre and the fans weren’t very responsive.  

Hughes decided to take matters into his own hands, jumped up on to his seat and started dancing.  Soon enough, the crowd was watching Hughes’ antics, and everyone was cheering.   The Sens did not win the game but at least everyone had fun. 

Hughes parlayed his one game success into a steady gig with the Ottawa Senators.  This led to cheer jobs with other hockey teams including the Sens archrival, Toronto Maple Leafs.   

Since then, Hughes has not looked back.   He has worked major sporting events including the Grey Cup, 2010 Olympics and the NBA Finals.  He has had countless unique experiences including dancing with tennis legend,  Novak Djokovic at the U.S Open and being featured on ESPN. 

Hughes has branched off into non-sporting events as well adding hosting the Montreal Just for Laughs festival and being a motivational speaker in high schools.   

He also recently published a book, King of Cheer, chronicling his adventures around the world.   The book is much more than just a retelling of visiting sports arenas or celebrity encounters.  Hughes is very open about his own struggles with ADHD.   He also shares what it was like to lose his mom to breast cancer at a young age.   

More than anything, the book is an inspirational story.   Hughes is a living example in the power of taking risks.   His motto is show up, get up, never give up.   Not a bad message during this time of Covid.   

For more information about Cameron Hughes, check out his website at