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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Sketching Nature Part 1 and Part 2

art supplies

Do you like drawing?  Join local independent artist and instructor Maya Hum in this two-part workshop. Explore a way to relax by sketching your natural surroundings. No experience necessary!  Discover tips and tricks by artists to sketch nature with ease! We will learn the basics of drawing and how to create captivating compositions in this class.  

Register to attend and to receive the Zoom link.  Kits with supplies and instructions will be available for pickup at four branches locations a week before Part 1.  Arrangements for pickup will be made by email.  

In Part 1 we will talk about Tips and tricks for developing a daily sketching practice.  In this lesson we will cover easy and quick ways to sketch from nature on a regular basis. We will cover trees, animals and composition!

In Part 2 we will take a closer look at nature’s landscape! Dive deeper into the details in this lesson: textures, layout, and landscapes will be covered today. As well as how to use charcoal as a drawing medium.

If you have questions, email us at or phone InfoService 613-580-2940.

Aging Well Together at the Library Wellness Friday programs are offered in partnership with City of Ottawa, and are funded by the City of Ottawa Older Adult Plan.


Maya Hum is an artist and arts instructor whose work has been featured in publications, campaigns, and exhibitions throughout Canada and Europe; her work can also be found on several public murals throughout the city of Ottawa. Maya is inspired to create art and art lessons about conserving the well-being of others, yourself, and the environment.