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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Guidelines for local author nonfiction books

To submit a work of Nonfiction for inclusion in the Ottawa Public Library’s collection, please read the guidelines below and attach a completed application with your book.

  • A “local author” is a City of Ottawa resident.
  • Eligible books are published in the last 2 years.
  • Books are donations to the Ottawa Public Library branch of your choice, as specified in your application.
  • To be added to the library your book will meet the Material Selection Criteria.
  • Only bound books are accepted (no manuscripts).       
  • Please include reviews if available.
  • We receive a large volume of queries and submissions and ask for your patience.
  • If accepted, your book will appear in the library catalogue within 4-8 weeks.
  • Books not accepted will be sent to the Friends of the OPL Association (FOPLA) for resale.
  • We monitor our collection closely; should there be demand we will place an order for more copies of your book.


We obtain eBooks through third party vendors.

Smashwords is an eBook publisher that makes your eBook available on the OverDrive platform, and available for us to select.

If your book is available on Smashwords, please indicate that on the Local Author application that must be completed and sent with all local author inclusion requests.

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Book Programming at the Ottawa Public Library

For information, please see program proposals.

If your book is accepted into the collection, your branch of choice will be notified.