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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Attend a Virtual Show

Don't let physical distancing prevent you from enjoying performances! Attend a full ballet, opera, concert, theatre and more on Naxos Video Library. There are also music and dance documentaries on Access Video on Demand. We have also combed through the internet and put together a list of some great external websites which we recommend.

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Online resources

  • Homepage of Access Video on Demand
    Access Video on Demand is a streaming video platform with a focus on educational films. The collection includes 41,213 videos, 331,668 video segments and 1,094 subject categories. The topics range from Arts and Humanities, Business and Economics, Science, Mathematics and...
  • Homepage for Naxos Video Library
    Watch the world's greatest opera houses, ballet companies, orchestras and artists perform on demand. Featuring performances from legendary artists including Placido Domingo, Claudio Abbado, Luciano Pavarotti, Martha Argerich and Herbert von Karajan. Over 2,500 full-length videos.
    This product is limited to 5 simultaneous users. If you have trouble logging on you may wish to try again later.

Featured web content

Attend a virtual show | Assiste à un spectacle virtuelby ProgramDevelopment

Here’s some of the best resources from the web for virtual shows. Please note that these are external links which will take you away from the Ottawa Public Library website. // Voici quelques-unes des meilleures ressources du Web pour faire un spectacle virtuel. Veuillez noter que ce sont des liens externes, en cliquant sur ces liens vous sortirez du site Web de la Bibliothèque publique d'Ottawa.

  • National Arts Centre | Centre national des arts

    The Facebook-National Arts Centre Fund for Performing Artists will provide $100,000 in artists fees to support online performances between now and March 31, 2020 to help ease financial strain for those impacted by the closure of performance venues across Canada related to COVID-19. // Le Fonds Facebook-CNA en appui aux artistes de la scène versera 100 000 $ en cachets pour la diffusion de prestations en ligne d’ici au 31 mars 2020 – un engagement qui vise à alléger les pressions financières sur les principaux concernés par la fermeture des rideaux à l’échelle du pays.
  • The Social Distancing Festival

    This is a site for celebrating art from all over the world, showcasing amazing talent, and coming together as a community at a time when we need it more than ever.
  • Orchestre symphonique de Montréal

    Tous les lundis, mercredis et vendredis, l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal diffusera un concert gratuitement sur son site web. Les vidéos restent disponibles pour 48h Consultez aussi leur page Facebook pour des petits cadeaux musicaux!
  • Wiener Staatsoper

    The Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna State Opera, is closed, but continues to play daily online. Experience great opera and ballet at home – worldwide and for free!
  • La Fabrique culturelle

    Produite par Télé-Québec, #LaFab est une plateforme Web de diffusion vidéo qui fait rayonner la culture québécoise. Plusieurs événements culturels seront présentés en direct sur sa page Facebook
  • Grand Ole Opry

    Dedicated to honoring country music’s rich history and dynamic present, the Grand Ole Opry put together a calendar of what shows to tune into in the coming weeks that will keep you connected to the music and artists you love. They update the page daily.
  • Le Réveil

    Le Réveil se veut quartier général pour les produits culturels et artistiques du Canada français. Il propose en ce moment plusieurs spectacles musicaux francophone en direct sur sa page Facebook.
  • Metropolitan Opera

    The Met is offering a series of free opera streams on their website. Each day, a different encore presentation from the company’s Live in HD series is being made available for free streaming.
  • L' Opéra de Paris

    L' opéra chez soi : quand l’Opéra s’invite chez vous! L’Opéra de Paris a décidé d’offrir ses plus beaux spectacles gratuitement au public via sa page facebook, chaque lundi à 14h30.
  • The Show Must Go Online

    Weekly readings of the Complete Plays of Shakespeare by a global cast, in the order they were believed to have been written. Created in less than a week in response to the global Covid 19 pandemic. Follow @robmyles for updates.