Web maintenance: Aug. 5 to 6


Bibliocommons, our catalogue provider, will be performing system maintenance and will be inaccessible from Aug. 5 to 6 from 10 pm to 4 am. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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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Ottawa Book Award 2020 Finalists - Congratulations!


There are many familiar faces and titles on the Ottawa Book Awards' list of finalists: Karen McBride for Crow Winter, Mark Bourrie for Bush Runner, Charlotte Gray for Murdered Midas, Amanda Jetté Knox for Love Lives Here: A Story of Thriving in a Transgender Family and  Jean Boisjoli's  Moi, Sam. Elle, Janis.  Premier quart  has already won Le Prix de poésie Trillium this past June!

Check them all out and see what YOU think should win for Ottawa's books of the year.  WInners will be announced at the online event on October 21, 2020.  For more info on each book and author biographies see Ottawa Book Awards.  

Ottawa Book Awards Ceremony will be held online this year, October 21, 2020, on Facebook LiveThe ceremony will be open to all.  Here is the direct link See the Ottawa Public Library's Ottawa Book Awards web page for links to YouTube videos of the finalist authors reading from their books and for details of finalists for the Archibald Lampman Poetry award and the Prix de littérature jeunesse de l'AAOF, also being awarded at the ceremony. 


Ottawa Book Awards - English Fiction Finalistsby CD_Librarian

The 2020 list of finalists - what have you read?

Ottawa Book Awards - English Non-Fiction Finalistsby CD_Librarian

The 2020 finalists - strong contenders!

Prix du livre d'Ottawa de 2020: Création littéraire en françaisby CD_Librarian

les finalistes 2020 du Prix du livre d'Ottawa: Drame poignant, comédie, biographie, récit captivant, essai politique ou élégante poésie

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By Ladouceur, Ben