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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Take a Walk on the Wild Side!

Mar 28, 2020

If you're craving an animal-themed adventure while you practice social distancing, look no further! Visit a zoo, animal sanctuary, or wildlife reserve right from the comfort of your home:  

  1. For fans of Finding Nemo (and Dory!), don’t miss the Monterey Bay Aquarium live from Monterey, California. Choose from ten different live cameras, including the dreamy jellyfish cam or the always-funny penguin habitat.  

  1. The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens are hosting a live “Home Safari” for animal lovers around the world. Join the zoo at 3:00pm every day to learn about some of their residents. After each live event, visit their website for crafts and related activities.  

  1. If you prefer something a little more on the wild side, check out watch elephants at the Nkorho Bush Lodge or hippos, giraffes, and other creatures at a watering hole in Kenya. For those who prefer smaller and cuddlier animals, you can also check in on rescued kittens and senior dogs

  1. Join the Zoo de Granby for their new educational series, (in French only) being offered on their Facebook page on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 11:00am.  Each event will introduce you to a different animal, along with animal-themed crafts or activities. 

  1. If you’re interested in Canadian wildlife, don’t miss the Heron Cam at Stanley Park in Vancouver, BC. These Pacific Great Blue Herons (which are one of the largest urban colonies in North America) can be seen building nests, fending off eagle attacks, and laying eggs. Bonus: you can control the webcam to check in on different nests! 

  1. Don’t forget to check out the Giant Pandas at the Calgary Zoo! You can watch the pandas (named Er Shun and Da Mao) eat bamboo, sleep, eat bamboo, poop, and eat bamboo (they eat a lot of bamboo).  

Photo credit: Photo by Nicole Olwagen on Unsplash 

Blog post contributed by Jennifer from the Beaverbrook Branch