Regular hours resumed Sept. 7, 2021


Ottawa Public Library has returned to regular pre-pandemic hours at most branches as of September 7, 2021 — including Sunday hours at 10 branches and InfoService. Hours are posted at branch entrances and on the Hours and location page of the OPL website.   


Alta Vista branch: Return to regular hours and service


Alta Vista branch has returned to regular service and hours on October 22, 2021.

Overdrive: Issues with older Apple devices or browsers


Recent changes by Overdrive and Libby have impacted compatibility with older versions of Apple's mobile and desktop operating systems. Those who use older Apple devices (Mac computers running lower than macOS 10.12.1 and iPhones/iPads running iOS 9) may have trouble using the OverDrive desktop or mobile apps, while Libby is no longer supported on iPhones and iPads running iOS 9.

Carlingwood branch: Elevator out of service


The elevator at Carlingwood branch is currently out of service. 

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Harvesting Seed and Propagating Native Perennials for your Garden

Seeds, preserves jar, cutting back plants

As the benefits of planting native wildflowers for pollinators are becoming more widely recognized, people are looking for cost-effective ways to increase the offerings of native plants in their gardens. Fortunately, the same hardiness that makes many native plants easy to grow and maintain also makes them easy to propagate.  

Join Sheila Currie, Master Gardener, as she shows how she works with species of native perennials, dividing them and harvesting their seeds to germinate them.  As a result of her work, Sheila has more than enough seedlings for her own gardens, as well as to give away to neighbours and friends.  We will focus on coreopsis, 'showy' milkweeds, woodland sunflowers, coneflowers, virginia waterleaf, anise hyssop and others.

Do your birds, bees, butterflies and bugs a favour and amp up your native plants!


A social sciences researcher by profession, Sheila Currie took her first horticultural course at University of Guelph in 2017 and joined Master Gardeners of Ottawa-Carleton. She continues to take courses in horticulture and landscape ecology from her rural home in Hastings County, where she moved at the onset of COVID, and became a Master Gardener in 2020.  A lifelong nature-lover, she has a new and even greater appreciation for the local flora and fauna from her daily interaction with their environment.