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.   


Carp Branch


Carp branch will be closed on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 for operational use by the City of Ottawa. Regular service will resume Wednesday,  October 27, 2021 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.

Carlingwood branch: Elevator out of service


The elevator at Carlingwood branch is currently out of service. 

Alta Vista branch: Reopening October 22


Alta Vista branch will return to regular service and hours on Friday, October 22, 2021.

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Ottawa Book Award Finalists - it must be Fall!

Ottawa Book Awards

Oct 20, 2021

The news about the Ottawa Book Award contenders is a harbinger of Fall in the Capital - not to mention an incentive to get reading!

This year's shortlisted titles in the English nonfiction category include The Taste of Longing: Ethel Mulvany and her Starving Prisoners of War Cookbook by Suzanne Evans - a little known story of a creative and energetic woman who survived the extreme depravations of wartime imprisonment in Malaysia; One Good Reason: a Memoir of Addiction and Recovery, Music and Love from Séan McCann with Andrea Aragon - as well as Dr. Brodie Ramin's The Age of Fentanyl: Ending the Opiod Epidemic.  Tim Cook makes an appearance with his latest The Fight for History about how we remember Canada's Second World War, and  last but not least, Anita Lahey's moving memoir The Last Goldfish about a friendship.  The English fiction nominees bring us the suspenceful (and locally situated) Dark August by Katie Tallo, and Nina Berkhout's Why Birds Sing; poetry by Conyer Clayton in We Shed Our Skin Like Dynamite, and Michael F. Stewart's teen drama Heart Sister about the results of the gift of a transplant.  Gilles Latour, one of Ottawa's Poet Laureates, is up for the Prix du livre for Débris du sillage, as is Monia Mazigh's wonderful Farida and Daniel Castillo Durante's nouvelles in Tango.  

The Archibald Lampman Award for Poetry and the AAOF Prix littéraire émergence authors are also shortlisted.

Borrow the titles from OPL (all listed below). Read and judge for yourself!  Support local writers in your reading choices and look for the winners to be announced at the virtual Ottawa Book Awards ceremony on October 20 at 6 PM.


2021 Ottawa Book Awards - English Fiction Finalistsby Collection_Development

The 2020 list of finalists - what have you read?

2021 Ottawa Book Awards - English Non-Fiction Finalistsby Collection_Development

The 2021 finalists - strong contenders!

Prix du livre d'Ottawa de 2021: Création littéraire en françaisby Collection_Development

les finalistes 2021 du Prix du livre d'Ottawa

2021 Finalists | finalistes Prix littéraire émergence AAOF ; Archibald Lampman Poetry Awardby Jill_Biblio

Borrow these books to decide for yourself which should be the winners of these two awards for 2021.