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: Extended curbside service


Curbisde holds and pick-up service will continue at the back door and parking lot from 10 am to 6 pm until further notice. 

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Colson Whitehead wins the 2020 Pulitzer for The Nickel Boys

May 08, 2020

The Nickel Boysis Colson Whitehead’s second Pulitzer Prize for fiction: “A spare and devastating exploration of abuse at a reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida that is ultimately a powerful tale of human perseverance, dignity and redemption”. Whitehead won for Underground Railroad in 2017, a rare achievement and honour to win the prestigious prize twice.

Other 2020 Pulitzer winners are Sweet Taste of Liberty: a True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America by W. Caleb McDaniel for the history category, and Sontag: Her Life and Work by Benjamin Moser for biography.  The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America by Greg Grandin won for general nonfiction.  For a complete list of winners see the Pulitzer website:


Image: The Nickel Boys

The Nickel Boys

A Novel
By Whitehead, Colson
Image: The Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad

A Novel
By Whitehead, Colson
Image: Sweet Taste of Liberty

Sweet Taste of Liberty

A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America
By McDaniel, W. Caleb
Image: Sontag


Her Life and Work
By Moser, Benjamin
Image: The End of the Myth

The End of the Myth

From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America
By Grandin, Greg