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.

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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Gardening With Children

Seeds, vegetables, and plant pots

Involving children in the garden will not only give you joy but will also give them a new look at the world.  As an honorary garden fairy herself, Judith Cox, Master Gardener, has a background as a nursery school teacher and is superb at engaging little people in simple gardening activities.  

A Master Gardener since 2011, Judith Cox has always loved working with plants, and enjoys sharing that love with others.  Heritage vegetables are a favourite of hers along with roses and herbs and fairy gardens.  After working for 15 years as the gardener for Saunders Farm, she is now a garden consultant and speaker, and a volunteer at Master Gardener advice clinics at local farmer’s markets. As of 2020, she is president of the Stittsville Goulbourn Horticultural Society and writes a weekly column called Veggie Bites.