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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La Bibliothèque des Amériques

Woman reading E Book

Apr 23, 2020


La Bibliothèque des Amériques (BA) is a unique library. It was created by le Centre de la francophonie des Amériques (CFA) and sponsored by Dany Lafferière. It gives free access to thousands of French books by Franco American authors (authors from Quebec, Ontario, Haiti, French West Indies, Louisiana and New England) in ePub or PDF format.  It includes fiction and historical books, biographies, well being and personal growth books, essays, cookbooks, travel accounts, poetry books, children fiction, educational books, university publications, etc.  La Bibliothèque des Amériques also includes a selection of audio books, the library has a partnership with Radio-Canada, who produces audio books.


To access it, you need to become a member of the Centre de la francophonie des Amériques, it’s free! Then visit the BA website and browse their collection. You can borrow no more than four books at a time, the loan is for three weeks, if the book is borrowed you can reserve it and there is no annual borrowing limit.  There is online guide that demonstrates how to start borrowing BA books.


Blog post contributed by Alfonsina from our Cumberland branch.