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.   


Alta Vista branch: Return to regular hours and service


Alta Vista branch has returned to regular service and hours on October 22, 2021.

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. 

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Talking with children about Covid-19 and its impact

Child thinking of Coronavirus

May 05, 2020


These are challenging times and children need a calm, reassuring presence. They also need accurate, age appropriate information in bite sized amounts. This is where beloved illustrator, Axel Scheffler comes in.

Axel Scheffler is best known for his collaborative work with children’s author,  Julia Donaldson .  His works include, Gruffalo, Gruffalo’s Child, Room on the Broom, Stick Man, The Highway Rat and much more. He is also the author/illustrator of the Pip and Posy series of books for children.

In collaboration with a team of medical professionals from Britain’s National Health Service, Axel Scheffler and publisher Noisy Crow are making available a FREE downloadable picture e-book for how to best explain what the virus is and how children can protect themselves. You can access your copy here .

If you and your family are looking for other eBooks that deal with positive, loving, supportive stories of hope and resilience you might enjoy these: Tools for Your Wellness Toolbox to share with your favorite reading buddy.