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OPEN BRANCHES: 22 of our branches and the Bookmobile are currently open for modified services at this time.

Additional branches will reopen for contactless returns and holds pickup in the fall and early winter. Details:

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BOOKMOBILE: for the current Bookmobile stops schedule.

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Celebrate Family Literacy Day with Propeller Dance!



January 27 is Family Literacy Day, a national awareness initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada. All across Canada, events are organized to celebrate the joy of reading and learning as a family. 

This year again the Ottawa Public Library will take part in the celebrations. Join us for a bilingual music and dance performance by Propeller Dance to be held at the Richcraft Theatre, Shenkman Arts Centre on Sunday, January 27, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Reserve your free tickets here! 

The Library supports family literacy year round with a variety of free programs and events. Furthermore, we invite you to sing, read, and play in the comfort of your home with our diverse collections of books, music, movies magazines and more for youth. Check our kids’ zone to discover everything we have to offer. We also invite you to borrow our Reading and Parents Program packs perfect for reading and learning together.