UPDATE: Additional Services at OPL Branches – Starting Feb. 22


Starting Monday, February 22:

  • 25 of our 28 open branches will offer returns and holds pick up inside the branches, as well as browsing, and use of public computers.
  • Rosemount, Orléans, and Metcalfe branches will offer contactless returns and holds pick up inside the branches.
  • The Bookmobile will offer browsing of a small collection at all stops.
  • Hours of operation will remain the same.
  • Mask wearing inside the branches, and outside in line, remain mandatory.

For more details, go to the OPL blog.

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Celina Caesar-Chavannes and Kehinde Andrews Author Visits


Ottawa Public Library is excited to be partnering with the Ottawa International Writers Festival to bring two authors for Black History Month.  

Celina Caesar-Chavannes Can You Hear Me Now?
Thursday, February 25, 7:30 pm
CBC’s Adrian Harewood hosts a conversation with Celina Caesar-Chavannes about her recently published Can You Hear Me Now? 

Both memoir and leadership book, Can You Hear Me Now? is a funny, self-aware, poignant, confessional and fierce look at how failing badly and screwing things up completely are truly more powerful lessons in how to conduct a life than extraordinary success. Caesar-Chavannes was the first Black person elected to represent the federal riding of Whitby, Ontario.

Kehinde Andrews The New Age of Empire
Tuesday, March 2, 7:30 pm
On the launch of his new book The New Age of Empire: How Racism and Colonialism Still Rule the World, Kehinde Andrews talks with CBC's Adrian Harewood. 

This book is a damning exploration of the many ways in which the effects and logic of anti-black colonialism continue to inform our modern world.  Andrews takes the reader from genocide to slavery to colonialism, deftly explaining the histories of these phenomena, how their justifications are linked, and how they continue to shape our world to this day. 



Available on Youtube

Will this talk be available on Youtube afterwards?

Conversations with Rinaldo Walcott and Celina Caesar-Chavannes

Yes, both talks are being recorded and will be available on Ottawa Public Library's YouTube.