Regular hours resume on September 7 2021


Ottawa Public Library will return to regular pre-pandemic hours at most branches starting Tuesday, September 7, 2021 — including Sunday hours at 10 branches and InfoService as of Sunday, September 12.  

Hours are posted at branch entrances and on the Hours and location page of the OPL website.   

Fitzroy Harbour and Vernon branches are reopening after being closed since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020.  

Notice - Carlingwood branch


The elevator at the Carlingwood branch is currently unavailable.

Rideau branch-Elevator out of service


The elevator at Rideau is currently out of service for maintenance and repairs. Service will be restored on Monday, September 27th.

Holiday Closure: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation


All Ottawa Public Library branches will be closed on Thursday, September 30. Access our online services 24/7 on the Ottawa Public Library website.

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Teen Staycation: Fill your summer with storytelling, creativity, lots of sharing and interactive fun

Jun 22, 2020

Summer has (finally) arrived in our corner of the world, but vacations are so last year – this year is all about the Staycation! The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) is hosting the Teen Staycation, a summer-long series of programs and events designed for teens. The programs were created and chosen in consultation with teens from OPL Teen Advisory Groups across Ottawa.  

The Staycation is all about creative expression - you can participate in crafty DIY projects, gaming adventures, music and drama workshops and weekly themed book club discussions.  The Staycation promises an interactive itinerary that will keep you interested and engaged in exploring different ways to create, to share, to discuss, and to reflect in ways that will make the summer of 2020 as fun as it is memorable.  

Participation is free, online, interactive and social. Every Staycation session is a singular event (except the ukulele lessons) so you can sign up for the ones that appeal to you. There is no need to sign up for the whole summer, so you can bring a friend and new Staycationerscan join in as the summer rolls along. Enrollment for each activity will be kept quite small to encourage real-time interaction and sharing. The craft activities on Monday and Tuesday afternoons are drop-in, so there is no need to register in advance. The plan is for Staycation to fill summer 2020 with storytelling, creativity, new skills and lots of sharing and interactive fun.  

For more information on these programs and updates, check out the Staycation page on our website check the OPL homepage regularly for exciting activities every day.