Current In-Person Services


OPEN BRANCHES: 22 of our branches and the Bookmobile are currently open for modified services at this time.

Additional branches will reopen for contactless returns and holds pickup in the fall and early winter. Details:

HOURS AND LOCATIONS: for current branch hours.

BOOKMOBILE: for the current Bookmobile stops schedule.

MANDATORY: Masks are required to be worn inside Ottawa Public Library branches, as per theTemporary Mandatory Mask By-law. Customers who are not wearing masks will not be allowed inside branches. Exceptions apply for people with medical exemptions.

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Zoom, Zoom, Zoom… Away We Go to Space!



How do you wash your hands in space?  How do you eat dessert or brush your teeth?  When astronauts are away in space month after month, they need to be able to do all kinds of daily tasks while floating around in zero gravity gazing back at earth.  Watch our favourite astronaut, Chris Hadfield, show you how things are done out in space.  You will find his many videos in both French and English at the Canadian Space Agency’s website.  There are lots of STEM activities and games for Junior Astronauts and Astronautes Juniors offered here, too. 

For more space-themed activities, games and videos check out the NASA Kids Club (disponible en anglais seulement).

Join the European Space Agency’s Expedition: Home and explore ESA - Space for Kids with Paxi, the resident mascot.  This resource toggles to many European languages including French and English.

For more about space travel try these e-books from Overdrive and Cantook Station:

How To Be A Space Explorer

The Usborne Official Astronaut’s  Handbook   

Apollo et les planètes

Keep on exploring space at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (disponible en anglais seulement).

Become a Space Suit Hero / Ma combine, mon héroïne at the Canadian Air and Space Museum.


Blog post contributed by Ann-Marie from our Ruth E. Dickinson branch.