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: Reopening October 22


Alta Vista branch will return to regular service and hours on Friday, October 22, 2021.

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Kindness goes a long way among friends, neighbours, and strangers

Oct 26, 2020

October is Library Month in Canada, and while we would normally celebrate this fantastic month together with our friends at the Ottawa Public Library (OPL), the new realities we all find ourselves facing have made celebrating together this year difficult.   

However, just because we can’tbetogether in our favourite OPL branches doesn’t mean we can’t all take up the mission of kindness that OPL is promotingfor Library Month this year! We are all capable of spreading kindness in our communities in a safe wayevery day.   

As the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association, or FOPLA, we like to think we know a little bit about spreading kindness. There’sno better mission the Ottawa Public Librarycould undertake for Library Month 2020 than encouraging us to be kind to others and ourselves  

Public libraries are a hallmark of kindness in and of themselves; places where expression, accessibility, equity, and learning are valuedevery day.In toughtimes like we’refacing now, the value of institutions like public libraries become more important than ever. We certainly know how lucky we are to have the Ottawa Public Library as part of our community.  

There are so many reasons to spread kindness right now (and always), as everyone is facing different challenges. Luckily, OPL has already done the legwork for us and put together an amazing calendar of ways to be kind to the people around you. Some great ideas include: 

  • Thank a store employee 

  • Clean a shared space 

  • Share helpful information 

  • Rest and be kind to yourself 

These are just a few examples, so make sure you pick up a copy of the Ottawa Public Library’s Kindness Calendar the next time you visit your local branch. It will give you more great ideas on how you can participate in this virtual 2020 Library Month challengenow and all year long.  

Happy Library Month, Ottawa! 

From your friends,  The Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association  


We’ll get through this together by staying strong and wise, and our daily quotient of kindness with these uplifting reads for a Library Month celebrating kindness: