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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Cycling in the City


May 04, 2021

Perhaps you have rediscovered a bicycle stored in the far reaches of your basement or maybe you are an everyday cyclist who regularly uses the roads and multi-use pathways. Now is the perfect time to get to know your own city and region by bicycle. 

This June, the Ottawa Public Library and EnviroCentreare teaming up to offer a cycling series that will appeal to people of all ages and abilities. From the very beginners to Tour de France hopefuls, we want to share our love of cycling.  

The first session, Discover Your City by Bike, is offered in English on Tuesday, June 1 at 12:00 pm. It will cover some interesting destinations in Ottawa that are easily accessible by bicycle. Heritage sites, nature areas and public art!  Route planning resources will also be shared that will help you plan your adventure.  

The second session, Urban Cycling, is offered in English on Thursday, June 3 at 12:00pm and in French on Tuesday, June 8 at 12:00pm. It will cover bike basics, urban infrastructure, and tips and suggestions for having a safe and comfortable ride. You will learn some interesting cycling trivia as well.  Did you know that the Ottawa Bicycle Club has been around for over 120 years?! 

A great place to learn more about cycling is on EnviroCentre's Let’s Bike Ottawa webpage.  Find links and videos on many cycling topics including how to safely cycle in the city and how to fix a flat tire. 

EnviroCentre is a local non-profit whose mission is to provide people, communities and organizations with practical solutions to lighten their environmental impact in lasting ways. They love all things about bikes.

 Ottawa Public Library has material on cyclingranging from inspirational cycling travel stories to documentaries about bike-friendly cities.  



Cycling in the City

For those of us who are working during the time slots allotted for the cycling series, will we be able to access them on-line in the evening?


This series is not being recorded due to the agreements made with the presenters.