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.   


Extended curbside service at Alta Vista branch October 16 from 10 am to 5 pm


The Alta Vista branch will extend curbside services at the rear door and parking lot on Saturday October 16, 2021 from 10 am to 5 pm .The branch will resume regular service on Monday, October 18 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.

Notice: Carlingwood Branch


The elevator at Carlingwood branch is currently out of service. 

Closure: Centennial Branch


Centennial Branch will be open from  2 pm  to 5 pm only Saturday October 16,  due to a planned Hydro Ottawa Power outage.


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Ridgerunner and Two Trees Make a Forest are Writer's Trust Winners!

Nov 19, 2020

Ridgerunner by Gil Adamson and Two Trees Make a Forest: In Search of My Familiy's Past Among Taiwan's Mountains and Coasts by Jessica J. Lee have won prestigious Canadian literary awards.  Ridgerunner, also on the 2020 Giller short list, has garnered $50,000 for the Rogers  Writers' Trust Fiction Prize.  Two Trees Make a Forest - an exploration of Lee's family through landscape and language in her mother's homeland of Taiwan - wins $60,000 for the Hilary Weston Writer's Trust Prize for Non-Fiction.  Lee recently won the RBC Taylor Prize for Emerging Writer Award in 2019 - the RBC Taylor prizes have since been discontinued.

Literary prizes bring attention to books, help us readers find titles we might otherwise not be aware of, and give a tremendous boost to writers who - pandemic or no pandemic - can struggle economically.  Read them, buy them, spread the word and talk about them.  The writing and publishing of books come from a place of conviction, courage and talent, let's celebrate their presence in our libraries and lives! Long lists, short lists and winners - reach in and find the right book for you.

Image: Ridgerunner


By Adamson, Gil
Image: Two Trees Make A Forest

Two Trees Make A Forest

In Search of My Family's Past Among Taiwan's Mountains and Coasts
By Lee, Jessica J.
Image: Two Trees Make A Forest

Two Trees Make A Forest

Travels Among Taiwan's Mountains & Coasts in Search of My Family's Past
By Lee, Jessica J.
Image: The Beguiling

The Beguiling

By Gartner, Zsuzsi
Image: Indians on Vacation

Indians on Vacation

A Novel
By King, Thomas
Image: Through the Garden

Through the Garden

A Love Story (with Cats)
By Crozier, Lorna
Image: Reaching Mithymna

Reaching Mithymna

Among the Volunteers and Refugees on Lesvos
By Heighton, Steven
Image: Shame on Me

Shame on Me

An Anatomy of Race and Belonging
By McWatt, Tessa