Regular hours resume on September 7 2021


Ottawa Public Library will return to regular pre-pandemic hours at most branches starting Tuesday, September 7, 2021 — including Sunday hours at 10 branches and InfoService as of Sunday, September 12.  

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Fitzroy Harbour and Vernon branches are reopening after being closed since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020.  

Notice - Carlingwood branch


The elevator at the Carlingwood branch is currently unavailable.

Rideau branch-Elevator out of service


The elevator at Rideau is currently out of service for maintenance and repairs. Service will be restored on Monday, September 27th.

Holiday Closure: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation


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CBC's All in a Day Book Panel

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Oct 06, 2020

On Monday, October 5th CBC's All in a Day Book Panel, featuring OPL's Ann Archer and Sean Wilson of the Ottawa International Writers Festival, recommended some recent favourites. You can find their picks at OPL on the lists below, and listen to their discussion at the following link 

CBC All in a Day Book Panel - October 2020by Collection_Development

Book recommendations from OPL's Ann Archer and Sean Wilson of the Ottawa International Writers Festival, presented monthly on CBC's All in a Day with Alan Neal.


Better luck next time for an episode free of politics

It seemed this month’s discussion was going to be mercifully free of politics, until the very end when Trump Derangement Syndrome sufferer Sean couldn’t resist sticking in a jibe in his review of “The Book of Koli” about how Trump was driving the US into the ground. It seemed like a strange thing to say, given that US real GDP only declined by 10.2% in the coronavirus recession as opposed to 13.4% for Canada. America’s performance wasn’t as good as limited lockdown Sweden but it was much better than most advanced countries. Perhaps Sean thought with polls showing Biden is going to win in November, this was his last opportunity to get an anti-Trump sneer in before Trump became a lame duck. We shall see.