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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Calling Ottawa Writers! 50+ Short Story Contest is on from April 2 to May 31

Mar 29 2018

Ottawa –Do you love writing short fiction? Are you 50 years old or more? Then put pen to paper or fire up your keyboard:  the Ottawa Public Library’s annual 50+ Short Story Contest starts Monday, April 2and runs until May 31. This could be your time.


If you need help to start, or tips on how to improve your writing or a story you have been working on, the Ottawa Public Library has organized several writing workshops with local authors to help you:




Wednesday, April 4, 2 pm to 3:30 pmMichèle Vinet (in French)St-Laurent branch


Wednesday, April 25, 2 pm to 3:30 pm Deborah-Anne Tunney (in English) Main branch


Tuesday, May 1, 2:30 pm to 4 pm Deborah-Anne Tunney (in English) Blackburn Hamlet branch


Friday, May 4, 3 pm to 4 pm Peter Scotchmer (in English) Alta Vista branch


Monday, May 7, 2 pm to 3:30 pm Michèle Vinet (in French) Orléans branch


Wednesday, May 9, 10 am to 11 am Michèle Vinet (in French) Le Patro d’Ottawa, 40 Cobourg


Thursday, May 10, 10:30 am to 11:30 am

Michèle Vinet (in English)

The Good Companions

Senior Centre Without Walls

Phone-in workshop


Saturday, May 12, 2 pm to 3:30 pm Peter Scotchmer Carlingwood branch


Registration is required for the writing workshops. Participants can register by going to the contest webpage at:

Entries must be submitted electronically on the contest webpage, by mail, or in person at your local branch. All details of the 50+ Short Story Contest are available online at



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