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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Guidelines for Author-Submitted Materials (Non-local)

The Ottawa Public Library welcomes submissions by authors outside of Ottawa for inclusion in the library’s collection, when that material:

  • Fits the scope of the Library’s collection, and
  • Meets our Materials Selection Criteria.

To submit a work of for inclusion in the Ottawa Public Library’s collection, please read the guidelines below.

  • Eligible books are those published in the last 2 years.
  • To be added to the library your book will meet the Material Selection Criteria.
  • Books not accepted will be sent to the Friends of the OPL Association (FOPLA) for resale.
  • Only bound books are accepted (no spiral or manuscript form).
  • Please include reviews if available.
  • We receive a large volume of queries and submissions and ask for your patience. Accepted titles will be listed in our catalogue within 4 months.
  • We monitor our collection closely; should there be demand for additional copies of your book, we will purchase them through our regular vendors.

Material may be mailed directly to Content Services at the following address:

Ottawa Public Library

Content Services

100 Tallwood Dr.

Ottawa, Ontario

K2G 4R7

Att.: Collection Development