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.   


Carp Branch


Carp branch will be closed on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 for operational use by the City of Ottawa. Regular service will resume Wednesday,  October 27, 2021 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.

Carlingwood branch: Elevator out of service


The elevator at Carlingwood branch is currently out of service. 

Alta Vista branch: Extended curbside service


Curbisde holds and pick-up service will continue at the back door and parking lot from 10 am to 6 pm until further notice. 

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How to Pronounce Knife wins the Giller!

Nov 10, 2020

Souvankham Thammavongsa won the 2020 Scotiabank Giller for her book of short stories How to Pronounce Knife.  In a virtual ceremony last night, the Giller Award was delivered to the winner at her home and captured on national television.  Her acceptance speech was beautiful and thoughtfully composed: she alluded to the title of her book with this personal story: "Thirty six years ago I went to school and I pronounced the word knife wrong and I didn't get a prize," she said referencing her early education in ESL classes. "But tonight there is one." 

Thammavongsa has also won acclaim for her 4 books of poetry, and by being reviewed favourably for her first adventure in fiction in the New York Times.  Born in a Lao refugee camp in Thailand, she was raised and now lives in Toronto.  The Giller jury wrote: "These stories are vessels of hope, of hurt, of rejection, of loss and of finding one's footing in a new and strange land.  Thammavongsa's fiction cuts to the core of the immigrant reality like a knife - however you pronounce it".

Congratulations Souvankham Thammavongsa!

Image: How to Pronounce Knife

How to Pronounce Knife

By Thammavongsa, Souvankham