Website Maintenance: Saturday, July 31


We will be performing maintenance to our systems. Access to your OPL account and search functions will be unavailable from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm Saturday, July 31. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Colonel By Day: August 2


All Ottawa Public Library branches will be closed on Monday, August 2. Virtual services and loans can be accessed on our website. 

Temporary closure: Alta Vista


Due to upgrades to the front entrance, the Alta Vista branch will be closed from July 26 to August 8. There will be no returns or holds pick-up during that time. Alta Vista branch will reopen August 9 at 10 am.   

Step 3: More services inside most open branches


Browsing, public computers, newspapers and magazines are available inside most of our 31 open branches, with capacity limits for two-metre distancing. Up to 200 items can also be put on hold.

Starting July 26:

Mask-wearing remains mandatory inside, and outside in line. For more details, go to Current Branch Services.

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National Book Critics Circle Awards 2020

The National Book Critics Circle Awards Winners

Looking for a quality read this mid-winter? The National Book Critics Circle have chosen their yearly winners’ circle of the “finest books published in English”.  So with that quality assurance combined with the number of winning titles available at OPL, your Winter reading pleasure should be guaranteed! Just follow the links below to the library’s catalogue pages. 

   The NBCC award for fiction lists our very own Canadian poetry and short story writer Souvankham Thammavongsa, whose collection of short stories: How to Pronounce Knife won the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize. In their non-fiction category there’s a book about one of the most extraordinary cultural influence on our times:  She Come by It Natural; Dolly Parton and the women who lived her songs, by Sarah Marsh.  Winning biographical subjects range from Sylvia Plath to John Maynard Keynes and Malcolm X. 

  NBCC Fiction Winners:

Martin Amis, Inside Story (Knopf)Randall Kenan, If I Had Two Wings (W.W. Norton)Maggie O’Farrell, Hamnet (Knopf)Souvankham Thammavongsa, How to Pronounce Knife (Little, Brown); Bryan Washington, Memorial (Riverhead). 

NBCC Fiction Winners cover books

 Non-Fiction Winners:

Walter Johnson, The Broken Heart of America: St, Louis and the Violent History of the United States (Basic); James Shapiro, Shakespeare in a Divided America: What His Plays Tell Us About Our Past and Future (Penguin Press); Sarah Smarsh, She Come by It Natural: Dolly Parton and the Women Who Lived Her Songs (Scribner); Isabel Wilkerson, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent (Random House); Tom Zoellner, Island on Fire: The Revolt That Ended Slavery in the British Empire (Harvard Univ. Press).  

NBCC Non-Fiction Winners

 NBCC Biography Winners:

Amy Stanley, Stranger in the Shogun’s City: A Japanese Woman and Her World (Scribner); Zachary D. Carter, The Price of Peace: Money, Democracy, and the Life of John Maynard Keynes (Random House); Heather Clark, Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath (Knopf); Les Payne, Tamara Payne, The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X (Liveright); Maggie Doherty, The Equivalents: A Story of Art, Female Friendship, and Liberation in the 1960s (Knopf). 

NBCC Biography Winners