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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Going Grassless: Meadowscaping Your Yard

Seeds, vegetables, and plant pots

Are you tired of weeding, mowing, watering your lawn?  Have you considered going grassless?  Master Gardener Julianne Labreche decided to remove the turf grass from her front yard and transform the yard into a ‘meadowscape’ for pollinators, including bees and butterflies.  Julianne will discuss

  • the ‘how’s and why’s’  of going grassless
  • a brief history of the North American lawn
  • costs, challenges and care of lawns
  • zone-appropriate plant alternatives to sod
  • ideas and inspiration on ways to create a grassless front garden

About the speaker: Julianne Labreche has been a Master Gardener for over two decades with the Master Gardeners of Ottawa-Carleton. She is also certified as a Master Naturalist. Her nature and garden articles are published regularly in Lee Valley Tools. Julianne’s garden is certified with the Canadian Wildlife Federation and with Monarch Watch. She is a recipient of an Ontario Service Medal for her volunteer work. She loves to garden ‘on the wild side’ with a focus on native plants, pollinators and birds.