Website Maintenance: Saturday, July 31


We will be performing maintenance to our systems. Access to your OPL account and search functions will be unavailable from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm Saturday, July 31. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Colonel By Day: August 2


All Ottawa Public Library branches will be closed on Monday, August 2. Virtual services and loans can be accessed on our website. 

Temporary closure: Alta Vista


Due to upgrades to the front entrance, the Alta Vista branch will be closed from July 26 to August 8. There will be no returns or holds pick-up during that time. Alta Vista branch will reopen August 9 at 10 am.   

Step 3: More services inside most open branches


Browsing, public computers, newspapers and magazines are available inside most of our 31 open branches, with capacity limits for two-metre distancing. Up to 200 items can also be put on hold.

Starting July 26:

Mask-wearing remains mandatory inside, and outside in line. For more details, go to Current Branch Services.

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Canada Reads 2020

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*In light of Canada's current situation with COVID-19, CBC has postponed Canada Reads indefinitely, but you can still get the books from OPL in various digital formats. CBC continues to post great online content providing context and insight into the 5 contenders and their authors to enrich your enjoyment and understanding of the books.* 

Next week, from March 16-19, the country will be debating this year’s Canada Reads contenders. The five chosen books include memoirs, realistic fiction, sci-fi and fantasy and tell a diverse range of Canadian stories. They are thought provoking, heartbreaking, uplifting and sometimes very funny! You can find all five books at OPL, in many formats (including Express eBooks). More information about Canada Reads, including interviews with the authors and champions, can be found on the CBC Canada Reads page at this link:

I loved Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson so much I think I've tried to get everyone I know to read it. Do you have a favourite? Let us know!

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CBC's Canada Reads contenders, to be debated March 16-19 on CBC television, radio and online.