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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The Right to be Cold

Picture of Inuit author Sheila Watt-Cloutier

Mar 25, 2020


I recently read Sheila Watt-Cloutier's book, The right to be Cold: One Woman's Story of Protecting Her Culture, the Arctic and the Whole Planet, and I found it very informative, about how backwards the education system was for the Inuit back in the 8o's and 90's. Sheila played a very powerful role in establishing a better education system that is adapted to needs of the Inuit.

Sheila's story of trauma and struggles as an Inuk woman, are heartbreaking. Nevertheless, she persisted to make changes in the education system of the north. She has been a political representative for Inuit at the regional, national and international levels and is trying to make a difference in improving the lives of the young. Sheila is also a strong  advocate to help fight climate change in the North.

She has an informative TedTalk which you can find below. See the list below for more wonderful ebooks by Inuit authors.


This blog post was contributed by Christine Ambroise from our Vanier branch.

Image: The Right to Be Cold

The Right to Be Cold

One Woman's Story of Protecting Her Culture, the Arctic, and the Whole Planet
By Watt-Cloutier, Sheila
Image: Life Among the Qallunaat

Life Among the Qallunaat

By Freeman, Minnie Aodla
Image: Fatty Legs

Fatty Legs

A True Story
By Jordan-Fenton, Christy
Image: A Stranger at Home

A Stranger at Home

A True Story
By Jordan-Fenton, Christy
Image: Sanaaq


An Inuit Novel
By Nappaaluk, Mitiarjuk
Image: Travelling Love

Travelling Love

By Isaac, Elisapie
Image: Sweetest Kulu

Sweetest Kulu

By Kalluk, Celina
Image: Mama, Do You Love Me?

Mama, Do You Love Me?

By Joosse, Barbara M.
Image: Amun


Image: The Raven and the Loon

The Raven and the Loon

By Qitsualik-Tinsley, Rachel
Image: How Things Came to Be

How Things Came to Be

Inuit Stories of Creation
By Qitsualik-Tinsley, Rachel
Image: ᑐᓗᒐᖅ ᑑᓪᓕᒡᔪᐊᕐᓗ

ᑐᓗᒐᖅ ᑑᓪᓕᒡᔪᐊᕐᓗ

The raven and the loon
By Qitsualik-Tinsley, Rachel
Image: Skraelings


By Qitsualik-Tinsley, Rachel
Image: T Is for Territories

T Is for Territories

A Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut Alphabet
By Kusugak, Michael

Human Trauma and Climate Trauma As One | Sheila Watt-Cloutier | TEDxYYC