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OPEN BRANCHES: 22 of our branches and the Bookmobile are currently open for modified services at this time.

Additional branches will reopen for contactless returns and holds pickup in the fall and early winter. Details:

HOURS AND LOCATIONS: for current branch hours.

BOOKMOBILE: for the current Bookmobile stops schedule.

MANDATORY: Masks are required to be worn inside Ottawa Public Library branches, as per theTemporary Mandatory Mask By-law. Customers who are not wearing masks will not be allowed inside branches. Exceptions apply for people with medical exemptions.

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Earth Day 2016


While studying to become a librarian, I took off for six months to be part of the mission 1000 Days for the Planet. I joined a wonderful crew of sailors, scientists and filmmakers on board the oceanographic schooner Sedna IV. We met wonderful people who dedicated their lives to the protection of species and their habitats. I became increasingly aware of the great conservation challenges that face us all. The adventure didn’t end after I returned to urban life; it continues here at the Cumberland branch with this interior garden made of recycled bottles. Every day should be Earth Day, not just April 22nd!

Jour de la Terreby Emilie_biblio


Sounds like an amazing experience. Love the hanging garden & display!