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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Early Literacy Stations

Early Literacy Stations are available at these branches:

  • Alta Vista
  • Beaverbrook
  • Carp
  • Cumberland
  • Elmvale Acres
  • Greely
  • Greenboro
  • Hazeldean
  • Main
  • Manotick
  • Orléans
  • Osgoode
  • Rosemount
  • Ruth E. Dickinson
  • Stittsville

What is an Early Literacy Station?

The Early Literacy Station (ELS) is a computer that is loaded with educational games for kids. The ELS:

  • Supports learning through a non-traditional format
  • Helps bridges education with technology
  • Inspires learning and imagination
  • Is suitable for children ages 2-8
  • Has an interactive and dynamic interface; actions are made by touchscreen, mouse and keyboard
  • Has bright and engaging graphics and intuitive menus
  • Is safe and secure as it requires no Internet connection
  • Has over 50 software programs installed spanning these subject areas: reading, math, science, social studies, writing, art and music, and reference
  • Has bilingual games and some available only in English or French
  • Requires near-zero technical support

Using an Early Literacy Station:

  • Proceed to the station and start using it
  • Customers do not need to have a Library card

Can other apps be downloaded?

No. Software versions and selections are updated annually by the supplier.