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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Canadian Black History in the Making : Youth Panel

Black History Month

Join us for an inspiring evening and a chance to meet three remarkable young Black Canadians, Laura Doyle Péan, Awa Hanane Diagne and Odobie Mcallister.  Poet and writers, founders, educators, entrepreneurs, prestigious scholarship winners and leaders of social justice!  All by the age of 20! Laura, Awa and Odobie will talk about their courageous leadership projects and the challenges they had to overcome.  Ottawa Public Library is celebrating Black History Month by highlighting young Canadian leaders in the making.  Register to receive the zoom link or join us on Facebook, Instagram or YouTube at 7pm on February 8th. 


Awa Hanane Diagne founded a non for profit The woke Folk at 17 years old to fund education for girls in Africa. She is also a Loran Scholar.

Odobie Macllister, a young 16 year-old who lives with Sickle Cell Disease, created her own business to attain financial freedom. 

Laura Doyle Péan, at 20 years old, was a bookseller and graduate of the Communications and Cinema program at Cégep Limoilou. Laura is a poet and activist and is studying law at McGill University. 

The panel will be moderated by Biba Tinga, President of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of Canada. Born in Niger, West Africa, Biba immigrated to Canada where she brings a wealth of experience and longstanding dedication to improving conditions for people with sickle cell disease. She also serves on the Board of Directors of GASCDO, the Global Alliance for Sickle Cell Disease Organizations.  

Awa Hanane DiagneOdobie McallisterLoura Doyle Pean