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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Griffin Poetry Prize 2020


The biggest poetry award in Canada, the Griffin Poetry Prize, announced its 2020 winners this week. Magnetic Equator, by Kaie Kellough is the winning Canadian title, while Time by Etel Adnan (Translated by Sarah Riggs) is the international winner. Literary awards shine a bright light on works that may not have received much attention otherwise—this is particularly true for poetry, which is mostly published in small print runs, by small publishers and not often reviewed in popular newspapers and magazines.

Many people don’t read poetry regularly once they finish school, but some readers have been turning back to it during the pandemic as they struggle with reading long fiction and non-fiction. Poems are different: bite-sized, but full of depth, emotion and musical language! If you’re interested in poetry and you’re not sure where to start, why not try one of the Griffin’s excellent short listed titles, listed below?

One note—we are not able to acquire all titles in digital formats. A list of other recent poetry of note available in our digital collection is also linked below.