Web maintenance: Aug. 5 to 6


Bibliocommons, our catalogue provider, will be performing system maintenance and will be inaccessible from Aug. 5 to 6 from 10 pm to 4 am. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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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Mindfulness for Teens / Pleine conscience pour les ados


Learn about mindfulness & mindful meditation. Explore evidence based strategies that will improve your focus, attention, and your relationship with emotions like anxiety, stress, anger and fear.  For ages 12-18.

Découvre la pleine conscience et la méditation attentive. Explore des stratégies éprouvées qui t'aideront à améliorer ta concentration, ton attention et ta relation avec des émotions comme l'anxiété, le stress, la colère et la peur. L’atelier sera en anglais, mais tu pourras poser des questions en français.


This free workshop will be run by Rebekka Wallace Roy, Registered Social Worker and Psychotherapist, of Be Brave, Be Kind, Be Present. The workshop is offered by Ottawa Public Library for Mental Health Week. 

Cet atelier gratuit est dirigé par Rebekka Wallace Roy de Be Brave, Be Kind, Be Present. Rebekka est travailleuse sociale agréée et une psychothérapeute passionnée par la pleine conscience. Cet atelier est offert par la Bibliothèque publique d'Ottawa pendant la Semaine de la santé mentale.