Regular hours resume on September 7 2021


Ottawa Public Library will return to regular pre-pandemic hours at most branches starting Tuesday, September 7, 2021 — including Sunday hours at 10 branches and InfoService as of Sunday, September 12.  

Hours are posted at branch entrances and on the Hours and location page of the OPL website.   

Fitzroy Harbour and Vernon branches are reopening after being closed since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020.  

Hunt Club-Riverside Park Community Centre kiosk out of service


The kiosk machine dispensing adult books at the Hunt Club-Riverside Park Community Centre is currently unavailable.

Rideau branch-Elevator out of service


The elevator at Rideau is currently out of service for maintenance and repairs. Service will be restored on Monday, September 27th.

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National Book Critics Circle Award names its 2020 winners

Apr 06, 2021

The National Book Critics Circle has selected its 2020 winners from "the best books published in English”. Here are the titles in the three categories most popular with our library's readership: Fiction, Non-Fiction and Biography. We have all three winners in the OPL catalog, please find them linked to the titles below.

Fiction Winner

Maggie O'Farrell's Hamnet & Judith

According to one of the award’s judges, Colette Bancroft, the author's characterization of Shakespeare's son is brought " vividly to life the reader is stricken by his loss”.

Non-Fiction Winner

Tom Zoellner's Island on Fire 

According to the New Yorker magazine review, "Zoellner skillfully uses primary sources and illustrates how the atmosphere of energetic political reform and events like Sharpe's rebellion converged to end slavery in Jamaica's 'agricultural prison camp' and in the British Empire in general."

Biography Winner

Amy Stanley's Stranger in the Shogun's City 

According to the publisher, it is "...a lively, deeply researched historical work that explores the life of an unconventional woman during the first half of the 19th century in Edo - the city that would become Tokyo - and a portrait of a great city on the cusp of a momentous encounter with the West.”