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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Children's programs

Parent reading to children

Whether you are the parent of a newborn (congratulations!) or you are looking for activities for toddlers, preschoolers, or older children, the library offers programs that will help you guide your child towards success by promoting language, literacy and social skills. Coming to library programs with your family helps promote family bonding and helps develop habits that lead to success. These programs are free and offered at branches throughout the city.

Library programs for young children are created to include books, songs, fingerplays, puppets, rhymes and activities. These programs help build early literacy, listening, and group participation skills in preparation for school.


  • Nursery rhymes, knee bounces, board books stories, songs and lullabies are basic literacy foundations for your baby and a great bonding experience for you both
  • For babies ages 0-18 months old and a parent or caregiver.


  • Music, dance, movement, rhymes, books, and story activities like puppets and flannel board
  • For toddlers aged 18 months old to 3 years old and a parent or caregiver.


  • Stories, songs, rhymes, book activities like puppets and felts, and maybe a complementary craft!
  • For children ages 19 months to school age.

Family Storytime:

  • Stories, songs and rhymes for the whole family to enjoy together.
  • Geared to each audience with something for everyone - children of all ages and their parents.

For older children

The library hosts a variety of free programs and events each year including homework help, reading buddies, book clubs, author visits, musical performances, STEM programming and more. These encourage your child to develop their language and communication skills while exploring topics of interest. While too numerous and varied to list here, our programs can be searched at through our programs and events page.