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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Enjoy Hiking

Aug 19, 2020

Everyone needs a break from their laptop, smart phone, streaming service or zoom call.  A great way to clear the mind is to take a hike in nature.   

In this spirit, the Ottawa Public Library is offering a hiking series that will appeal to people of all abilities and ages.   

Hiking Basics in English, and Les bases de la randonnée in French, will be an introduction to the joys of hiking.  Listen to enthusiastic hikers and understand why people hike.  Learn hiking basics, safety tips, and ideas to make hiking an accessible activity for everyone.  For these two sessions, the Library is partnering with the Ottawa Club – Rideau Trail Association.   

Also in the series is a session on Hiking in and around Ottawa.  Join well-known local travel writer, Laura Byrne Paquet, to learn about great places for walks, short hikes, and longer excursions.  Discover paths, trails and destinations you can enjoy to get outside, experience nature, and see new places.   

Discover more about hiking is on the Ottawa Club – Rideau Trail Association website.  At your doorstep are the Greenbelt and Gatineau Park. The National Capital Commission website is a treasure trove of information if you are planning a hike in these areas. 

The Ottawa Public Library has a wide range of material on hiking with titles offering the ranging from destinations close to home to destinations far away.  Borrow Hiking Trails of Ottawa, the National Capital Region and Beyond to enjoy terrific hiking close to home.  Once international travel opens again, get ideas for a hiking holiday abroad by borrowing Great Hiking Trails of the World.   

 Look for interesting material on hiking in French as well, including Randonnée pedestre au Québec.   

As the library begins to re-open, more of these titles will be available for you to borrow!  

Hiking / La randonnéeby Jill_Biblio

Focusing on information on hiking equipment and safety, this list also includes a selection of guides of hiking trails, particularly those in Canada / Cette liste comprend non seulement des guides de la randonnée, mais aussi des ressources pour vous inspirer à sortir pour une petite ou une grande randonnée.



Will these videos be recorded and available to view after? I am unable to watch live. Thanks, Andrea


Hi Andrea, We will not be able to record the sessions unfortunately. However, if you register to the session that most interest you, you'll have access to some information since we will be sharing resources provided by the presenters with registrants after the sessions.