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.   


Extended curbside service at Alta Vista branch October 16 from 10 am to 5 pm


The Alta Vista branch will extend curbside services at the rear door and parking lot on Saturday October 16, 2021 from 10 am to 5 pm .The branch will resume regular service on Monday, October 18 at 10 am.  .  

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.

Notice: Carlingwood Branch


The elevator at Carlingwood branch is currently out of service. 

Closure: Centennial Branch


Centennial Branch will be open from  2 pm  to 5 pm only Saturday October 16,  due to a planned Hydro Ottawa Power outage.


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How does your garden grow? Pollinators!

Picture of a bee on a flower.

Jul 14, 2020


If you’ve been relying on gardening to provide you with some regenerative moments – or looking for some inspiration to start planting – log into your Kanopy account to watch The Pollinators, a thoughtful and fascinating film that pointedly illustrates the integral role bees play in sustaining our food systems.

“1 out of every 3 bites we put in our mouths is from pollination” is a figure cited and made very clear in The Pollinators – we watch as apiarists tour their bee populations across the US via tractor trailers loaded down with thousands of hives, pollinating crops from California almonds all the way to Maine blueberries. Interviewed in the film, author Bill McKibben calls the bee “a sentinel” for the fortunes of agriculture and our environment, and The Pollinators similarly expands its focus to explore how issues facing native and managed bee populations reflect our increasingly fragile ecosystems and food supply.

Literally taking us from farm to table, The Pollinators features farmers, scientists, agriculturalists, chefs and more, all of whom piece together a picture that illustrates the historical practices and consumer and political pressures that have brought us to this point. Simultaneously, however, the film highlights the hopeful work of those successfully cultivating sustainable practices that work to regenerate the land.

Consistently engaging and thought-provoking – in addition to being beautifully shot – The Pollinators is an informative and inspiring look at just how interconnected our world is, from the humble honeybee all the way to your plate. It’ll be on your mind whether you’re in the garden, the kitchen, the farmer’s market or the grocery store.

If The Pollinators encourages you to start your own (pollinator-friendly!) garden, don’t forget to check out OPL’s related online programs: