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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Happy Mother's Day!


Happy Mother's Day! Times are especially hard for mothers these days, but nothing beats a token of affection from their loved ones, children and friends. This day should start with a warm thank you to all moms for their courage, love, genuine affection and attention even during these harsh times. Spoil your mothers on this beautiful Sunday, May 9, and shower them with the most beautiful memories you can hold.

In addition to flowers, chocolate and gifts, the Library has an extensive list of books to entertain them. If you know your mom's literary taste, feel free to browse our collection and online resources.

Fiction books may seem like a good choice. According to surveys, it is proven that women read more fiction books than men and that women in general read more than men. So, if your mom loves to read, we have everything in our collection to make her happy.

Find below some exciting reading suggestions: