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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Old Favorites and New Discoveries on the 2020 Booker Prize Longlist


One of the biggest literary prizes of the year just got a little closer for thirteen authors. The Booker Prize 2020 Longlist was announced this week, and there were lots of surprises on it! Hilary Mantel’s placement on the list for The Mirror and the Light is not a shock, since she won twice before for the previous two books in the Wolf Hall series. On the other hand, there are a staggering eight titles by debut authors this year!

Formerly reserved for writers from Britain, Ireland and the Commonwealth, since 2013 the judges now consider books by authors from anywhere in the world as long as they are published in English in the UK. This change has been controversial, with many suggesting that the prize will be dominated by American writers—and this year, in fact, nine authors were born in the US or have US citizenship. The authors on this list this year represent diverse backgrounds and life experiences, and their works range from speculative fiction, to historical fiction to modern realism and autofiction.

OPL currently has 10 of the 13 titles on our shelves or on order, but there are three books we can’t add to our collection yet because they aren’t available in Canada. We will order Burnt Sugar, Who We Was and, Love and Other Thought Experiments as soon as we can! The final shortlist of six titles will be announced on September 15.