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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Didn't get a chance to pick up books before we closed? Don't worry, we have extensive collections for you to browse online. Explore our many eBook and eAudiobook platforms, download the book onto your device and escape into a new world with your next great read. We have also combed through the internet and put together a list of some great external websites which we recommend.

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Read a book online | Lire un livre en ligneby ProgramDevelopment

Here’s some of the best resources from the web for free online books. 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 des livres numériques gratuits. Veuillez noter que ce sont des liens externes, en cliquant sur ces liens vous sortirez du site Web de la Bibliothèque publique d'Ottawa.

  • Project Gutenberg

    Project Gutenberg (PG) is a volunteer effort to digitize and archive cultural works, and includes many full texts of public domain books such as classics. / Le projet Gutenberg (PG) est un effort volontaire pour numériser et archiver des œuvres culturelles et comprend le texte integrale pour de nombreux livres du domaine public tels que des classiques.
  • LibriVox | Free public domain audiobooks

    LibriVox audiobooks are read by volunteers from all over the world.
  • Litterature

    Recensement des livres audio disponibles gratuitement sur internet.
  • Open Library

    Open Library provides online access to many public domain and out-of-print books.