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.   


Extended curbside service at Alta Vista branch October 16 from 10 am to 5 pm


The Alta Vista branch will extend curbside services at the rear door and parking lot on Saturday October 16, 2021 from 10 am to 5 pm .The branch will resume regular service on Monday, October 18 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.

Notice: Carlingwood Branch


The elevator at Carlingwood branch is currently out of service. 

Closure: Centennial Branch


Centennial Branch will be open from  2 pm  to 5 pm only Saturday October 16,  due to a planned Hydro Ottawa Power outage.


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New Parliamentary Poet Laureate Louise Bernice Halfe

The Parliamentary Poet Laureate

Feb 10, 2021

Louise Bernice Halfe, from the Saddle Lake Reserve in central Alberta, is the first Indigenous person to become Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate. Halfe, whose Cree name means “Sky Dancer”, has published many works of poetry including Bear Bones and Feathers, Blue Marrow, The Crooked Good and Burning in This Midnight Dream.

Her most recent work, awâsis – kinky and disheveled, will be published this spring by Brick Books. This latest collection of poems features a gender fluid trickster from Cree legend who delights in shape shifting and raucous adventure. Her poems combine the sacred with the profane, boldly facing trauma with irreverence, and pain with humour.

Halfe, a survivor of the Blue Quills Residential School, seeks to revitalize the Cree language and traditions through her work. She has transformed her suffering into inspiration through the alchemy of poetry, and in doing so, contributes to the truth and reconciliation process. Halfe uses her gift with words to educate and encourage all Canadians to engage in the process of Reconciliation, focusing on shared experiences and respect for all cultures. 

New Parliamentary Poet Laureate Louise Bernice Halfeby sonja_library

Cree poet and residential school survivor inspires with original work