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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A Nancy Drew Moment

Book Cover: Nancy Drew - The Clue of the Whistling Bagpipes

Mar 31, 2014

Nancy Drew was one of my childhood companions. How could a girl not like a title like The Clue of the Whistling Bagpipes or The Secret of the Old Clock?

The first Nancy Drew mystery was published in 1930, and evolved into The Nancy Drew Files and Girl Detective. Now there is an interactive game website, an online fan club and Nancy Drew Facebook pages where friends talk nostalgically about the first Nancy Drew game they played.

The language style of the early books may seem archaic to girls now but young readers were exposed to descriptive vocabulary.

“The girls wielded the brooms vigorously on the burning hillside and within half an hour they had extinguished the centermost point of the blaze.” Or “At intervals there were oblong openings with stone slabs laid crosswise in them like floors.”

Ah the good old days!

While technology crowds its way into library work, staff is still talking about books.

 If you are a Nancy Drew fan or you have another favorite character to share you’ll have the attention of this reader.