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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Cooking at home

Sep 10, 2020

There’s no doubt that these times are a challenge. Perhaps you are relying on others for grocery delivery, or doing online ordering and curbside pickup. Perhaps you are finding you cannot eat out or order in with budget constraints and many other restrictions.  

Please join us for a series of cooking demonstrations by local chefs!   

Ottawa Public Library has invited these chefs to highlight inexpensive, healthy, delicious meals that will bring you joy and comfort.  

  • Dig out your crock pot or slow cooker and learn some hearty recipes that make meal prep easy.  

  • No meat? No problem. We’ll show you how to use beans and lentils as healthy, budget-friendly alternatives.  

  • Have you been gardening this summer or buying local produce? Let’s make up some wholesome dishes with those harvested veggies.  

  • Learn how to prepare easy, delicious and nutritious meals.  

  • Nothing is more comforting than the smell of baking bread – get started making sourdough loaves at home! 

We’ve added to this series a special presentation by Inuk Chef Trudy Metcalfe to give you a taste of cuisine from the north. 

Borrow these great recipe books to inspire you more.  Many are available in ebook as well as in print.   

Explore the A to Z World Food Online Resource! This is a great resource for learning more about food in history and culture while discovering thousands of traditional recipes from around the world! 

With special thanks to Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association (FOPLA) for funding this series!


Cooking at Home / Cuisinerby Jill_Biblio

Comfort food, sourdough bread, crock pot or slow cooker --enjoy cooking from home! / des recettes réconfortantes, du pain au levain, des recettes de mijoteuse -- le plaisir de cuisiner!


Comfort Food Cooking

Simon Bell is relaxed, confident, knowledgeable, His cooking instructions are easy to follow but full of new ideas. He is entertaining without trying to be . PLEASE.......more classes with Simon. Thank you.

OPL Cooking Classes & Squash Laksa

Wow what a great idea to offer these free cooking classes. Gives us inspiration during these trying times. Sadly the class for Squash Laksa offered by Chef Simon Bell is FULL. Please consider offering another one!! Thank you.

RE:OPL Cooking Classes & Squash Laksa

Thank you for your feedback. Yes, the registration numbers are terrific for the cooking series. Thank you for alerting us about the maximum registration. We have increased it so that you can register.