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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Oct 06, 2021

On Monday, October 3rd, 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 list below, and listen to their discussion at the following link All in a Day Book Panel October 2021

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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.


Métis writer Katherena

Métis writer Katherena Vermette’s novel didn’t make the shortlist for this year’s Scotiabank Giller prize. The other book by an Indigenous author reviewed, Clayton Thomas-Mùller’s memoir, was mentioned by Ann Archer as one of several recent memoirs by Indigenous MEN, with Jesse Wente and Tomson Highway also having written their life stories. No offence to any of these Indigenous writers, but none of them are exactly household names as Jody Wilson-Raybould is. Her memoir, “’Indian in the Cabinet” is a wonderful read (see my OPL book review). So why did neither Ann Archer nor Sean Wilson, lovers of everything Indigenous, simply ignore it? The only thing that wouldn’t appeal to the book panel about this would seem to be its target: Justin Trudeau. Any book that dares to question the honesty and sagacity of the Liberal leader will never be high up on their totem pole (if you will pardon the metaphor). In fact, it won’t make the totem pole at all. Ann Archer’s seemingly sexist limitation to Indigenous men in listing recent memoirs is more likely just her way of avoiding any mention of Wilson-Raybould or her book.