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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Book Launch: "They Call Me George: The Untold Story of Black Train Porters and the Birth of Modern Canada" by Cecil Foster

Book Launch: "They Call Me George: The Untold Story of Black Train Porters and the Birth of Modern Canada" by Cecil Foster

The Ottawa Public Library, Library and Archives Canada, and the Ottawa International Writers Festival invite you to the launch of They Call Me George: The Untold Story of Black Train Porters and the Birth of Modern Canada by Cecil Foster. The event will be hosted by Adrian Harewood, co-host of CBC News Ottawa.

They Called Me George is a historical work that chronicles the little-known stories of Black railway porters—the so-called “Pullmen” of the Canadian rail lines. The actions and spirit of these men helped define Canada as a nation in surprising ways—affecting race relations, human rights, North American multiculturalism, community building, the shape and structure of unions, and the nature of travel and business across the U.S. and Canada. 

Drawing on the stories and legends of several of these influential early Black Canadians, award-winning author, academic and journalist Cecil Foster narrates the history of a very visible, but rarely considered, aspect of Black life in railway-age Canada. These porters—who struggled against the idea of Canada as “White Man’s Country,” open only to European immigrants—fought for and won a Canada that would provide opportunities for all its citizens.


La Bibliothèque publique d’Ottawa, Bibliothèque et Archives Canada (BAC), et le Festival international des écrivains d’Ottawa vous invitent au lancement du livre They Call Me George:The Untold Story of Black Train Porters and the Birth of Modern Canada, de Cecil Foster. L’événement sera animé par Adrian Harewood, coanimateur de CBC News Ottawa.

Cette œuvre historique relate les récits méconnus des bagagistes noirs des chemins de fer canadiens, appelés « Pullmen ». Les gestes et l’esprit de ces hommes ont contribué à définir le Canada en tant que nation, de façon surprenante et sur différents plans : relations raciales, droits de la personne, multiculturalisme nord-américain, renforcement du sens de la communauté, forme et structure des syndicats, nature des voyages et des affaires aux États-Unis et au Canada.

S’inspirant des récits et légendes de plusieurs de ces premiers Canadiens noirs influents, l’auteur primé, universitaire et journaliste Cecil Foster raconte l’histoire d’un volet très visible, mais rarement considéré, de la vie des Noirs au Canada, à l’époque des chemins de fer. Ces bagagistes se sont battus contre l’idée que le Canada était un « pays de l’homme blanc » ouvert uniquement aux immigrants européens, et ont lutté avec succès pour que le Canada offre des possibilités à tous ses citoyens.

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