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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A Mind Spread Out on the Ground by Alicia Elliott won the 2020 Evergreen Award

Oct 23, 2020

Alicia Elliott's A Mind Spread Out on the Ground wins the 2020 Evergreen, an award that is voted on by readers through libraries across Ontario.

As a Tuscarora writer from Six Nations of the Grand River, Elliott has received praise for her collection of essays that delves into her personal experiences of the enduring scars of colonial oppression.  The Kirkus Review said of the book: "Elliott writes with honesty and empathy of her life and the lives of family, constantly reckoning with institutional racism and less intentional private prejudices".  Here is Elliott's own description of her book: "A Mind Spread Out on the Ground"! In it, I analyse my own life - joy, shame & vulnerabilities - and situate them within the wider context of extractive capitalism & colonialism."

The Evergreen Award is run by the Forest of Reading Program from the Ontario Library Association, where readers of all ages participate in choosing their favourites.

A Mind Spread Out on the Ground was shortlisted for the 2019 Hilary Weston Writers Trust Prize for Non-Fiction. It was named one of  Best Books of 2019 by The Globe and Mail,  CBC, Chatelaine, Quill and Quire, and The Hill TimesThe Evergreen is more recognition of how Elliott's writing has resonated with readers.

The Library has it as an Express eBook, on downloadable audio, or in print.