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.   


Alta Vista branch: Return to regular hours and service


Alta Vista branch has returned to regular service and hours on October 22, 2021.

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. 

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Griffin Poetry Prize 2020

May 21, 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.