Regular hours resume on September 7 2021


Ottawa Public Library will return to regular pre-pandemic hours at most branches starting Tuesday, September 7, 2021 — including Sunday hours at 10 branches and InfoService as of Sunday, September 12.  

Hours are posted at branch entrances and on the Hours and location page of the OPL website.   

Fitzroy Harbour and Vernon branches are reopening after being closed since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020.  

Notice - Carlingwood branch


The elevator at the Carlingwood branch is currently unavailable.

Rideau branch-Elevator out of service


The elevator at Rideau is currently out of service for maintenance and repairs. Service will be restored on Monday, September 27th.

Holiday Closure: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation


All Ottawa Public Library branches will be closed on Thursday, September 30. Access our online services 24/7 on the Ottawa Public Library website.

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Croisée des mots: a beautiful collection of authors!

Jan 06, 2021


After a short break in December, Croisée des mots continues from January to May. Croisée des mots is a series of monthly intimate conferences (in French) presented by the Ottawa Public Library in collaboration with the Association des auteures et auteurs de l'Ontario français (AAOF). Join us to discover or rediscover Franco Ontario authors without leaving your living room!


Put the upcoming meetings on your calendar, so you don't miss any:

  • On January 13, come and meet the author and activist Monia Mazigh who will present Farida, her third novel.
  • On February 17, we welcome the author, screenwriter, and literary translator, Mishka Lavigne, to discuss her most recent play Copeaux, a poetic text of movement theater.
  • On March 17, meet Soufiane Chakkouche, journalist, screenwriter, and writer of Moroccan origin, who has just published his third novel Zahra.
  • On April 14, chat with poet Sonia-Sophie Courdeau who received the Trillium Poetry Prize for her first anthology. Her third publication, Ce qui reste sans contour, was released in February 2020.
  • On May 12, the author, entrepreneur, and entomologist Charles-Étienne Ferland will talk about Métamorphoses, his second post-apocalyptic novel.


On the program: a reading by the author of an excerpt from their book, followed by a discussion between the author and the moderator, and finally a Q&A session.

Each event starts at 6:00 pm, you can sign up to receive a link to attend the meeting via the Zoom platform or join us live on the AAOF Facebook page.


Croisée des mots virtuelle 2020-2021by ProgramDevelopment

L’Association des auteures et auteurs de l’Ontario français (AAOF) et la Bibliothèque publique d'Ottawa ont le plaisir de vous convier à Croisée des mots virtuelle. Une série de rencontres mensuelles avec des auteurs et auteures de l'Ontario français. Au programme : lecture, entrevue et discussions virtuelles avec le public!