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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Where to Start with Indigenous Picture Books

Jun 01, 2021


Over the last 10 years, there has been an increase in the number of, Indigenous people making children's books. While the numbers of books published about and by Indigenous people are still low, there are some real gems to discover. Reading children's stories produced by First Nations, Metis and Inuit people, is a perfect way to start teaching children about the history and cultures of Canada. It’s important for Indigenous children to see themselves and their culture in books. It is also vital for non-indigenous children to understand the diverse cultures that are present in Canada. Please check out the wonderful First Nation, Metis and Inuit books that the Ottawa Public Library offers.