Regular hours resume on September 7 2021


Ottawa Public Library will return to regular pre-pandemic hours at most branches starting Tuesday, September 7, 2021 — including Sunday hours at 10 branches and InfoService as of Sunday, September 12.  

Hours are posted at branch entrances and on the Hours and location page of the OPL website.   

Fitzroy Harbour and Vernon branches are reopening after being closed since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020.  

Notice - Carlingwood branch


The elevator at the Carlingwood branch is currently unavailable.

Rideau branch-Elevator out of service


The elevator at Rideau is currently out of service for maintenance and repairs. Service will be restored on Monday, September 27th.

Holiday Closure: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation


All Ottawa Public Library branches will be closed on Thursday, September 30. Access our online services 24/7 on the Ottawa Public Library website.

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Poetry Month: Poems are Resilience

Apr 13, 2021

April is National Poetry Month (NPM), led by the League of Canadian Poets, this year’s theme is Resilience:  we celebrate, reflect on, and respect the resilience that has made us who we are. The celebration of poetry each April has grown and established itself organically, in both official and unofficial ways since National Poetry Month was first declared in Canada in 1998, following the lead of the United States from 1996. National Poetry Writing Month encourages writing or reading a poem a day in celebration.        The earliest form of poetry is believed to have been recited, chanted or sung, as a way of remembering oral history, genealogy, and law. In other words, poetry was initially a verbal art.  It also shows us the beauty and potential of language in written form too. Poetry has demonstrated resilience itself by surviving and adapting throughout several generations.  

Join us in appreciating poetry, reading poetry, listening to poetry, writing poetry, and sharing poetry of courageous educators and poets, who have displayed resilience through their work, for three evening events that you won’t want to miss. Also, on April 29 is Poem in Your Pocket Day. Select a poem, carry it with you, and share it with others!       Poetry is for every age. Explore the lists of recommended poetry in the OPL collection and register for the upcoming poetry events!  


Poetry for Teensby Collection_Development

Le Mois de la poésieby OPL_BPO_Zoe

A Poem in Your Pocketby Collection_Development

April is Poetry Month. Celebrate with a rhyme or two.

Great Poetry for Adultsby Collection_Development

A selection of recent Canadian and international poetry.