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.   


Carp Branch


Carp branch will be closed on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 for operational use by the City of Ottawa. Regular service will resume Wednesday,  October 27, 2021 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.

Carlingwood branch: Elevator out of service


The elevator at Carlingwood branch is currently out of service. 

Alta Vista branch: Reopening October 22


Alta Vista branch will return to regular service and hours on Friday, October 22, 2021.

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

Apr 30, 2020


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 Frenchand Englishat the Canadian Space Agency’s website.  There are lots of STEM activities and games for Junior Astronautsand AstronautesJuniors 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 Frenchand 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.