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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Tai Chi for Seniors Parts 1 and 2

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Would you like to know how to do Tai Chi?  Join Chao Shang Chou for this two-part course.  Chao is a Tai Chi practitioner for the past 25 years and she is enthusiastic about sharing her experience with others who're interested in finding out about Tai Chi.  Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese practice that brings vitality, agility, and serenity.  You will learn the Basic Principles of Tai Chi, first working on mental preparedness:  body awareness and spinal alignment, centredness, rootedness, Yin and Yang (equal and oppositeness); and the feeling of "gentle, soft, slow, go with the flow with no fighting or struggling".  We will then practice basic exercises: holding a ball, weight shifting, slow walking, opening and closing, and more.  No experience or equipment is necessary, but wear loose, comfortable clothing.  Have a space to move a little.  Also have a sturdy chair nearby if you need it for balance.  

Register to attend and to receive the Zoom link. Kits with instructions will be provided.  Arrangements for pickup of kits will be made by email a week before Part 1.

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.