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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Susanna Clarke Wins the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2021

Sep 22, 2021

Susanna Clarke’s new novel Piranesi has won the 2021 Women’s Prize for Fiction. 

Publisher’s Weekly calls this novel “one of the year’s most inventive novels.”  The story starts with journal entries from the narrator, Piranesi, who lives in the house with the master (aka the Other) and 13 skeletons.  The Other is on the hunt for the ‘great and secret knowledge’ from the ancients within the house and recruits Piranesi to help with this endeavor. However, the Other has secret motives, and as the two explore and hunt for this knowledge, Piranesi learns more about himself, his worldview, and his love for the building. 

The chair of the judges Bernadine Evaristo describes Piranesi as profound and impactful: 

“We wanted to find a book that we’d press into readers’ hands, which would have a lasting impact. With her first novel in seventeen years, Susanna Clarke has given us a truly original, unexpected flight of fancy which melds genres and challenges preconceptions about what books should be. She has created a world beyond our wildest imagination that also tells us something profound about what it is to be human.” 

Piranesi is available in multiple formats at the OPL. 

For more information on the Women’s Prize Shortlist, please visit our blog Women's Prize for Fiction Shortlist Announced | Ottawa Public Library ( 

The Women’s Prize Trust, through the Women’s Prize for Fiction, promotes women’s writers on a global scale, and works to “.. empower all women to raise their voice and own their story, shining a spotlight on outstanding and ambitious fiction by women from anywhere in the world, regardless of their age, race, nationality or background.”  

They further promote access to women’s stories via online resources, and their podcast.  It was established in 1996, after the 1991 Booker shortlist was announced, which contained no books written by women (Flood, 2021). 

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