Website Maintenance: Saturday, July 31


We will be performing maintenance to our systems. Access to your OPL account and search functions will be unavailable from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm Saturday, July 31. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Colonel By Day: August 2


All Ottawa Public Library branches will be closed on Monday, August 2. Virtual services and loans can be accessed on our website. 

Temporary closure: Alta Vista


Due to upgrades to the front entrance, the Alta Vista branch will be closed from July 26 to August 8. There will be no returns or holds pick-up during that time. Alta Vista branch will reopen August 9 at 10 am.   

Step 3: More services inside most open branches


Browsing, public computers, newspapers and magazines are available inside most of our 31 open branches, with capacity limits for two-metre distancing. Up to 200 items can also be put on hold.

Starting July 26:

Mask-wearing remains mandatory inside, and outside in line. For more details, go to Current Branch Services.

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Free audiobooks!


Have no fear, more free audiobooks are here! 

Starting April 30th and continuing for 13 weeks, AudiobookSYNC will be giving away two teen audiobooks for free. Some of the titles that I’m excited to listen to from this year's selection are Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson, Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin, and The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg. 

Some things you should know: 

  • This annual program is aimed at youth ages 13+ but anyone can participate 

  • The books from this program are in English 

  • You get to keep these digital audiobooks forever!  

Find out more, sign up for reminders, and get ready to download free books by visiting