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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Planning and Enjoying Your Garden

Vegetables, plant pots, seeds

Mar 15, 2021

As we continue to spend more time at home, we are valuing our gardens!

Perhaps your goal for your garden this year is to create your own green space where you can relax and enjoy the outdoors? Or are you wanting to ensure an at-home source of fresh food all summer and into the fall? Or are you looking for outdoor gardening activities to share with your children?  There is nothing more rewarding than being able to step outside your door to pick a handful of fresh herbs or a tomato to use in your dinner.  Even if you don’t have a yard, you can successfully grow plans in containers on a balcony or even a windowsill.  

Ottawa Public Library is partnering with the Master Gardeners of Ottawa Carleton to offer a series of online gardening programs throughout the spring – summer and into the fall for anyone interested in gardening and on a wide variety of topics.   The series runs on select Wednesdays, starting in late March with sessions about starting from seed.   A number of programs are offered in English and in French, so choose your language preference and take advantage of the knowledge and the enthusiasm of the local master gardeners.  Join us over your lunch hour!  

All of these events are free.  Registration is required.  Close to the date of the program, you will receive a Zoom link, and also details of how to attend by phone for those who prefer.  

Announcing additional programs in the gardening series over the summer!

Explore the booklists below and borrow books on gardening in the OPL collection!

Container Gardening - Dramatic, Changeable and Forever Moveable with Catherine Disley and Rob Stuart, Wednesday, June 9, 12 pm

Jardinage en contenants with Claire McCaughey, in French, Wednesday, June 16, 12 pm

Scented Gardens with Judith Cox, Wednesday, July 7, 12 pm

The Garden at Night with Judith Cox, Wednesday, July 14, 12 pm

Preserving the Harvest with Rebecca Last, Wednesday, August 11, 12 pm

Après la récolte with Odette McIntyre, in French, Wednesday, August 18, 12 pm

Harvesting Seed and Propagating Native Perennials for your Garden with Sheila Currie, Wednesday, September 15, 12 pm

Putting Your Garden to Bed with Nancy McDonald, Wednesday, September 22, 12 pm


Gardeningby Jill_Biblio

There are so many books on gardening, growing vegetables, and more in the Ottawa Public Library Collection. Below is a sampling of recent titles. Search the catalogue for more!

Jardinageby Jill_Biblio