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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Container Gardening - Dramatic, Changeable and Forever Moveable

Seeds, vegetables, and plant pots

If you live in a place where you don’t have any regular garden beds, such as an apartment or condo, containers are the way to go to still enjoy the benefits of gardening while saving you time and energy and requiring little space.  Containers of plants are like miniature gardens that can be placed anywhere to add instant charm, a focal point or supply vegetables and herbs.  Master Gardeners Catherine Disley and Rob Stuart will cover the basics of container gardening - the type of soil best for the types of plants you want to grow, when and how often to water, and the importance of mulching, deadheading and winter storage. Discover what is required to get optimum growth and what plant combinations do well in sun, shade or some of each.

We’ll also explain how to craft a DIY hewn stone-look planter where you can grow many alpine type plants all in a small container! 

About the speakers:

Catherine Disley has worked in a variety of horticultural industries such as garden centres, florists, and interior tropical plant maintenance.  Drawing on her floral design background, she creates container arrangements combining interesting plants, flowers and foliage.  She grows vegetables and small fruits, as well as perennial and annual flowers to support beneficial insects, pollinators and wildlife.  Catherine has been a member of Master Gardeners of Ottawa Carleton for 12 years and enjoys providing gardening advice and promoting the use of native plants and sustainable gardening practices.  

Rob Stuart started a vegetable plot at 10 and he has been an avid gardener ever since. He has grown vegetable and flowers wherever he has lived. Since 2003, he has focused on alpine gardening and is an active member of rock garden societies where he takes full advantage of seed exchanges. He currently volunteers with the Friends of the Farm, weeding weekly in the Rock Garden.  He grows most of his plants from seed.  He is also adept at other methods of propagation: cuttings; soft, hard and root; layering; division and the use of leaf cuttings.   He obtained his Master Gardener accreditation from the University of Guelph in 2016 and enjoys sharing his knowledge.