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.   


Extended curbside service at Alta Vista branch October 16 from 10 am to 5 pm


The Alta Vista branch will extend curbside services at the rear door and parking lot on Saturday October 16, 2021 from 10 am to 5 pm .The branch will resume regular service on Monday, October 18 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.

Notice: Carlingwood Branch


The elevator at Carlingwood branch is currently out of service. 

Closure: Centennial Branch


Centennial Branch will be open from  2 pm  to 5 pm only Saturday October 16,  due to a planned Hydro Ottawa Power outage.


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Time to Read a BIG Book!

Apr 21, 2020


Do you find yourself with a lot of time on your hands to embark on a long reading journey? Or maybe you need an escape far, far away into another world? We’ve got you covered, with these lists of big books that we have available in electronic format :

Each of those books are over 500 pages in their print version and have been read and granted a seal of approval by at least one staff of our Ottawa Public Library team.

Here are books that have attracted a lot of attention in past years such as The Luminaries, A Discovery of Witches or Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell; books that have been made into movies or TV shows, such as Gone With The Wind, Outlander or Pillars of the Earth; books with slow-to-unfold mysteries like By Gaslight and Shadow of the Wind; and unforgettable Fantasy and Sci-fi titles like Seveneves, The Mists of Avalon, or Dune. And let’s not forget those classics you’ll be proud to finally be able to brag about reading, such as Anna Karenina or The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

You can also explore our best BIG books in French! :

Which of these worlds are you going to choose to explore?


Blog post contributed by Véronique D. from our St-Laurent branch.