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.   


Extended curbside service at Alta Vista branch October 16 from 10 am to 5 pm


The Alta Vista branch will extend curbside services at the rear door and parking lot on Saturday October 16, 2021 from 10 am to 5 pm .The branch will resume regular service on Monday, October 18 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.

Notice: Carlingwood Branch


The elevator at Carlingwood branch is currently out of service. 

Closure: Centennial Branch


Centennial Branch will be open from  2 pm  to 5 pm only Saturday October 16,  due to a planned Hydro Ottawa Power outage.


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Canada Reads 2020

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Mar 11, 2020

*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.