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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Milkman by Anna Burns Wins Dublin Literary Award 2020

Oct 28, 2020

Anna Burns has scored her second big literary prize for Milkman, after also winning the 2018 Man Booker Prize 2 years ago.  The Dublin Literary Award receives nominations from public libraries around the world, including the Ottawa Public Library.  Our nominee was Washington Black that made it to this year's shortlist. Anna Burns is the first writer from Northern Ireland to win, and only the fourth woman in its 25 year history.  She said on winning: "This is an extraordinary honour—especially given the fantastic list I find myself on."   In addition to Esi Edugyan's novel, several other well known titles were part of that fantastic short list and included The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker, There, There by Tommy Orange, and Olga Tokarczuk - winner of the 2019 Nobel - for Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, just to name a few.  

"Milkman is a story of the way inaction can have enormous repercussions, in a time when the wrong flag, wrong religion, or even a sunset can be subversive. Told with ferocious energy and sly, wicked humor, Milkman establishes Anna Burns as one of the most consequential voices of our day."