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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Evaristo and Carty-Williams: First Black Authors to Win Top British Book Awards

Jul 06, 2020

Bernardine Evaristo and Candice Carty-Williams have won top prizes at the British Book awards for Author of the Year, and Book of the Year respectively.  Carty Williams' novel Queenie is the first by a black author to win Book of the Year - of which she says "I shouldn't and won't be the last".  Evaristo, who also shared the 2019 Booker for her book Girl, Woman, Other with Margaret Atwood (The Testatments) has the honour to be Author of the Year - again the first black writer to win this category.  Evaristo comments "I've been writing for a very long time, and it's incredibly gratifying to know that my work is finally reaching a wider readership".

A shake-up in publishing is another result of the tragic death of George Floyd as the industry awakens to inequality in its ranks.  Let it be a permanent change.


Black Women Authors Winby CD_Librarian

Whether actual awards, or critical acclaim, these authors and their books are winners