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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May 2nd is World Labyrinth Day

Apr 29, 2020


Labyrinths are ancient patterns found all over the world. Their origins are mysterious and their patterns vary, but most include a complex and circuitous path that leads from a start point to a center. They are often beautiful and peaceful places. In the Middle Ages labyrinths were often used as substitutes for long pilgrimages.  Nowadays, meandering labyrinths are often used as walking meditations.

On Saturday, May 2nd, the Labyrinth Society organizes an annual World Labyrinth Day as a worldwide action to “walk as one at 1” local time to create a rolling wave of peaceful energy across the globeIn my neighbourhood in Ottawa, you will sometimes see people walking in this outdoor public labyrinthat All Saints’ Anglican Church on Richmond Road in Westboro.

This year, as group gatherings are not possible, many will gather virtually.  In Ottawa, you can join a virtual labyrinth walk herewith Christ Church Cathedral Ottawa.  Some will use finger labyrinths: an image of a labyrinth to trace with a finger.  Here you will find a printable finger labyrinth

The Labyrinth Society offers lots of information and activities about World Labyrinth Day on their webpage here.

If you want to learn more about walking and meditation, the library has the following resources to borrow:


Blog post contributed by Martha from our Rockcliffe Park branch.