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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More 2021 Award lists! The Booker, the Giller, the Hilary Weston Nonfiction

Sep 17, 2021

It's the season for awards in the English literary world.  OPL will do our best to keep you in the loop!

The Giller longlist includes several lead Canadian titles by amazing authors like Fight Night by Miriam Toews, Em by Kim Thúy, What Strange Paradise by Omar El Akkad and The Strangers by Katherena Vermette.  Lesser known but rising stars are Casey Plett for her short story collection on transgender women A Dream of a Woman, Jordan Tannahill for The Listeners, Cedar Bowers' first novel Astra, Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onubia's The Son of the House, Angelique Lalonde's story collection Glorious Frazzled Beings, Rachel Rose for The Octopus Has Three Hearts, Linda Rui Feng for Swimming Back to Trout River and finally We, Jane, by Aimee Wall.  Many new authors and titles to discover!  We'll let you know when the short list is out - what will survive?

The Booker short list has a global reach - A Passage North by Anuk Arudpragasam, The Promise by Damon Gamut, No One is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood, The Fortune Men by Nadifa Mohamed, Bewilderment by Richard Powers, and The Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead.  The judges said: "Our shortlist is global - in their authors and their settings - which feels transporting in a year when so many of us have been confined to home."

In a week's worth of nominations, it's great to see a range non-fiction titles making the cut for The Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize:  Nishga by Jordan Abel,  On Foot to Canterbury: A Son's Pilgrimage, Permanent Astonishment: A Memoir by Tomson Highway, Peyakow: Reclaiming Cree Dignity and DIsorientation: Being Black in the World by Ian Williams - a recent Giller winner (20190

As it sometimes happens with awards' lists, a couple of titles are still not available presently:  On Foot to Canterbury and The Fortune Men - as soon as we can order these we will!

Meantime, dip in into these nominated titles, and see what you think is awardwinning prose!




Giller 2021 Long Listby Collection_Development

In advance of the short list announcement on Oct. 5, here's a range of 2021 Canadian fiction in the running for our biggest prize of the season.

Booker 2021 Short Listby Collection_Development

A global array of fiction is captured this year - "immersive stories that you can get absorbed in, reflective of the experience of reading in lockdown".

2021 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfictionby Collection_Development

"If this past year has proven anything, it is that people need books that speak to our unique circumstance, tell our individual stories, and help us navigate our challenging times." Hilary Weston