Website Maintenance: Saturday, July 31


We will be performing maintenance to our systems. Access to your OPL account and search functions will be unavailable from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm Saturday, July 31. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Colonel By Day: August 2


All Ottawa Public Library branches will be closed on Monday, August 2. Virtual services and loans can be accessed on our website. 

Temporary closure: Alta Vista


Due to upgrades to the front entrance, the Alta Vista branch will be closed from July 26 to August 8. There will be no returns or holds pick-up during that time. Alta Vista branch will reopen August 9 at 10 am.   

Step 3: More services inside most open branches


Browsing, public computers, newspapers and magazines are available inside most of our 31 open branches, with capacity limits for two-metre distancing. Up to 200 items can also be put on hold.

Starting July 26:

Mask-wearing remains mandatory inside, and outside in line. For more details, go to Current Branch Services.

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Discussion of the Indigenous Film Chaakapesh with director Justin Kingsley

Please note that the discussion of the film Chaakapesh with director Justin Kingsley, has been postponed until a later date. We apologize for the inconvenience and urge you to check the OPL website and follow the Library on social media to find out when this event will be rescheduled.


To mark National Indigenous History Month this year 100 lucky Ottawa Public Library members are able to get a free personal Vimeo link for a film screening of Justin Kingsley and Roger Frappier’s documentary Chaakapesh. 

The first 100 registrants will receive their private Vimeo link to view a free screening of the film.  Each registrant will have 72 hours to watch the film between June 25 and June 27, the weekend leading up to the livestreaming discussion on Monday, June 28 at 7:30 pm.  


Registration opens at 10 am on Monday, June 21, National Indigenous People’s Day.

Registrants must choose between the version of the film with the English subtitles or French subtitles.  

Please join us for a livestreamed bilingual Q & A Discussion with Justin Kingsley, director of the documentary Chaakapesh.  

More about the film:


In fall 2018, the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal created the chamber opera Chaakapesh, a lighthearted story of the hero who founded the Innu people sung in three languages (Innu, Cree and Inuktitut) by Florent Vollant, Ernest Webb and Akinisie Sivuarapik. The orchestra then went on the road to perform the unique work in Quebec’s Far North, stopping in Kuujjuaq, Salluit, Kuujjuarapik, Oujé-Bougoumou, Mashteuiatsh and Maliotenam. Far more than just a concert film, Chaakapesh puts the audience front row centre as artists and communities come together in a remarkable cultural space.  

Poignant testimonials, important discussions and Maestro Nagano as we’ve never seen him before. 




❏ Intercultural collaboration 

❏ Power of music 

❏ Reconciliation of people 

❏ Preservation of the indigenous culture 


“It is a documentary rooted in reflection, reality and a love of music. It has a rare curious sense of introspection that will be sure to excite conversation.” - CULT MTL


Register to receive a Zoom link and a remider.  Or join us on Facebook Live (no account is necessary)


With thanks to sponsors:

  • Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association (FOPLA)