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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Celebrate Science Literacy Week!

Sep 17, 2021

The Ottawa Public Library is celebrating Science Literacy Week this year with programs and initiatives to promote the wonderful world of science.

Science Literacy Week is a nationwide celebration of science in Canada and is led by NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada). It is an opportunity for museums, schools, and libraries across the country to encourage Canadians to explore science and discover more about the diversity of science in Canada.

This year’s theme is Climate. Here is what the Ottawa Public Library will be doing this year to celebrate Science Literacy Week:

Online Storytimes

  1. Online Storytime (via Zoom) Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 10:30am
  2. Online Storytime / Heure du conte en direct (via Zoom) Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 10:30am
  3. Connexions Parents-bébés (via Zoom) Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 11:30am
  4. Heure du conte en direct (via Zoom) Thursday, Sept. 23 at 10:30am

Online Programs

  1. My River: Cleaning up the LaHave River (via Zoom) Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021 at 7:00pm
  2. Climate Change in Ottawa (Tickets online via Eventbrite) Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021 at 7:00pm
  3. Scratch Planting Trees Coding Activity (via Zoom) Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021 at 4:30pm
  4. Activité de codage Planter des arbres (in French - via Zoom) Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 4:30pm


Look for STEAM Kits available at your library. The take-home kits will contain a science-themed activity and instructions so your family can have fun at home and explore science too!


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Events, Books, Science! September 20-26, 2021. All Across Canada Activités, livres, sciences! Du 20 au 26 septembre, 2021. Partout au Canada

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Events, Books, Science! September 20 - 26, 2021. All Across Canada Activités, livres, sciences! Du 20 au 26 septembre 2021. Dans l’ensemble du Canada/For Adults/Pour les adultes