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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CBC's All in a Day Book Panel

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Jun 08, 2021

On Monday, June 7th, 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 All in a Day June Book Panel

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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.


Sean Wilson Should Review Maverick: A Biography of Thomas Sowell

When I heard Sean gushing about the great economics behind Kim Stanley Robinson’s “The Ministry for the Future” I was stunned at the presumption of the remark, since Sean is an obvious ignoramus on the subject. From the Amazon reviews it appeared that the book is deep into modern monetary theory, which makes it a strange kind of novel, with a junky kind of economics. It is also apparently one of Barack Obama’s favourite books of 2020. Enough said. Obviously not a book worth reading. If Sean really does want to read something relating to economics that isn’t simply crackpot economics, I would suggest he read Wall Street Journal reporter Jason L. Riley’s “Maverick: A Biography of Thomas Sowell.” It is currently on order for the OPL. I already have a hold on it. It is particularly apposite at this time, as Sowell was the author of the masterly “The Housing Boom and Bust”. Now, thanks to PM Trudeau, Canada is well into its own boom and bust, and the similarities between the events Sowell described and what is happening now should be obvious. I’m not really sure if there is any hope for Sean, but if there’s anyone who can turn him around it is surely Professor Sowell. Je garde espoir.